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The Dennett Institute of Advanced Athiest Studies

Often we atheists find that, when confronted by rational argument based on our wealth of scientific knowledge, god believers retreat to the one last refuge where they believe no atheist can touch them. I refer, of course, to the following argument: “Ok, perhaps I cannot prove that god exists in any physical way, and admittedly I cannot show you that god does or ever has interacted with the physical world, but really none of that matters, for god is not a physical being and so of course we cannot see him or find his hand in physical doings. God is beyond the physical, and just because you and I cannot comprehend what that means is no good reason to dismiss it.” I think we have all heard a variation of this, and have recoiled from it (surely even god believers find it a little peculiar to have an omnipresent, omnipotent being who has no presence and no measurable physical effects {i.e., no physical effects} in the world whatsoever). But because it is so hard to pin down the actual meaning of the argument it has always been very difficult to refute it. Let us, then, examine what exactly it is that is being said here, and find out whether the convenient obscurantism of the god believer’s last line of defence is so convenient after all.

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Mandatory Sentencing Laws Racist?

“You are what you repeatedly do.” — Aristotle

Let us examine whether WA’s controversial Mandatory Sentencing laws can be considered in any objective sense as racist. To do so we need to first examine the traditional principles of what sentencing is designed to achieve, we need to produce a workable definition of ‘racist’, and finally examine the laws as they exist today in this context to see if they come within the ambit of our definition.

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The White, Upper/Middle Class, Elderly Male & Unconstitutional High Court Bench

I intend to prove that there is a constitutional basis for enforcing a policy of affirmative action in the make-up of the High Court of Australia’s bench. I will first establish not only that there is such a basis, but that this policy is imperative to the proper function of contemporary Australian society under the Commonwealth Constitution. To demonstrate this, I will first look at the purported role of the High Court in the framework of Australia’s legal system and will then be examined in comparison to Australian jurisprudence which highlight a failure to live up to this role, a failure, it will be contended, that would have been remedied if affirmative action informed the appointments to the High Court bench. The constitution itself will be constantly referred to throughout, drawing from it elements that imply a need for affirmative action in the constitution of the High Court bench.

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THE ROOT CAUSES OF TERRORISM

As the number of victims from terrorism continues to escalate, it is obvious the “War” on Terror is not working.

Sitting comfortably in middle class clothes, casually munching on a long chain of malteasers, it came like the proverbial whack to the head. There on the silver screen was a disconsolate man of Middle Eastern appearance. He was carrying a toddler, limp and charred; still wearing the blue overalls his mother had dressed him in that morning. As he placed the blackened, lifeless form on the back of a rapidly filling utility he was crying out uncontrollably and although it was in another language you knew what he was saying: “WHY!” This scene from Michael Moore’s latest documentary film, Fahrenheit 9/11 is just one example of the countless victims of terrorism since the phenomena stormed back into the public consciousness since September 11, 2001.

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