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The transgender battle heats up

A blog is a record of your public musings and thoughts. I imagine if I searched through all the posts on here and pulled out all the predictions there would be a fair few wrong ‘uns. However, every now and then you call one right. Here’s four observations I made about this issue in June 2015 (and I can go back to 2012) Transgender is the new front-line for progressive politics Feminism vs Transgenderism The transgender debate will have consequences for the church This will change things I reckon I…

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What if We Nuke a City?

One of my other hobby horses on this blog (I have several) is what I regard as the growing threat of nuclear weapons. Around once every ten years a new country acquires nuclear weapons. And now you can add Turkey to that list of potential countries. Turkey is a genuine concern. Wealthy enough to make it possible, with a significant enough military to protect itself, ambitions to be a bigger player, dictatorial tendencies and local threats in Israel, Iran, Russia and potentially Saudi Arabia. Right now, it doesn’t seem likely…

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The only intelligent life?

I have a few hobby horses on this blog (which because it is my blog, I’m allowed to have) and one of them is the quest for other intelligent life. You’ll find numerous articles where I’ve stated my conviction that this planet may be the only planet in the universe with intelligent life on it. It seems an extraordinary thing to say given the fact that there are probably a trillion galaxies and each one with more than the 100 billion stars that our own Milky Way Galaxy possesses. So…

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Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write

Sometimes you fall in love with a book because of the story and sometimes because of the writing. When you get both you’ve found a classic. It was the writing I loved when I read McCarthy for the first time earlier this year. The Road is sparse, evocative and compelling writing at its finest. So I’d argue that even if he’s talking about a scientific research paper (which he is), when Cormac tells me how to write then I’m going to listen. And you should too. His advice applies to…

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It just is.

I recently spent some time wondering where it all came from. And by ‘all’, I mean the stars, the planets and the whole gigantic amazing universe. It really is a vast place. And an incredible place. The Milky Way, our home galaxy, weighs around 1.5 trillion solar masses but we don’t know what it’s made of. I mean we know it’s dark matter but we don’t know what that is. It can boggle your brain in its size and beauty. Some people think the world isn’t real or at least…

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Am I wrong about self-driving cars?

I’ve said to friends that I didn’t believe my son (who has just turned 11) would need to learn to drive when he turned 18 because by then self-driving cars would be the norm. There’s already a self-driving bus being tested nearby in Stockholm, so seven more years should be enough, no? At some point in the not too distant future I’ll have to have a conversation with my dad about relinquishing his driving licence. I’m confident my son won’t have to do the same because there will be autonomous…

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Where are all the miracles?

That question has featured in several recent stories of people who have given up on Christianity. ‘There used to be miracles but they don’t happen anymore’ they say. The implicit idea being that they never really happened in the first place. Christianity has long harboured those who don’t believe in the miraculous at all and those who mostly don’t alongside those who fervently do. What seems to be happening now is not just a shifting of camp within Christianity but a leaving of it altogether. There have always been those…

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Sex, porn, marriage & divorce

I was trying to think of a snappy title and I couldn’t so I just put all the key words in the headline. But it also captures a simple fact that all four are a feature of modern life whether we like it or not and they are all increasingly tangled up. Let’s start with pornography which is freely available in vast quantities to anyone who wants to look at it. Here are a few reasons why (without referring to the Bible) that we should be wary of porn. The…

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