Enigma code

Published on: Author: regmorrison

Morality, Free will, Culture, Religion and Sexuality (a few unmentionable facts) our lives are essentially fiction based. We read fiction novels and prefer to watch fictional dramas on stage and screen; we readily believe advertising and political propaganda, and most people place implicit faith in some form of religious, economic or political creed. So culture… Continue reading

The Origin of Faith

Published on: Author: regmorrison

The source of all human behaviour lies in our genes. It is our genetic material that induces us to laugh, cry, sing, love, hate and fight. Here too, is the birthplace of belief—in witchcraft, astrology, economics and aliens; in Tarot cards and tea-leaves; in gods, angels and devils; in luck, voodoo, and things that go… Continue reading

‘Marriage Equality’ … Jumping to a Conclusion?

Published on: Author: regmorrison

How strange it is that the topics of ‘same-sex marriage’ and ‘marriage equality’ are invariably presented as a moral issues, and yet the diagnostic terms ‘homosexual’ and ‘heterosexual’ are essentially biological and have absolutely nothing to do with culture, morality or religious belief. More important still, these two biological terms are defined by gene-directed behaviours… Continue reading

Evolution’s Gamblers – diagnostic profile

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FAMILY NAME: …… Hominidae AGE: ……………….. about 2.5 million years old PROFESSION: …… gambling MAIN BET: ………… that they have ‘dual existence’ ODDS AGAINST: …. 20 million to one (minimum). When modern members of this family bet on racehorses they tend to recoil from bets that involve odds that are much greater than 50 to… Continue reading

The Population Debate

Published on: Author: regmorrison

Those who advocate population growth tend to be politicians, economists, systems analysts and professors of business administration. Their main opponents tend to be biologists, earth scientists, and conservationists who champion a wide range of environmentally based counter arguments. The more extreme of these warn that population reduction is essential if we are to avoid the… Continue reading

The fringe-dwellers

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As the oldest, flattest, most arid continent on Earth, Australia has largely resisted the encroachment of humans. Even now, its people are largely confined to the coastal fringes, and their grip on its heartland is often tenuous. Any further deterioration of the global climate will slash Australia’s meagre carrying capacity more savagely than other continents. Meanwhile, as… Continue reading

HYDROGEN: Life’s Maker and Breaker

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The Russian geochemist Vladimir Vernadsky proposed life as a dynamic extension of the Earth’s crust and a by-product of the chaotic gradient that mediates between the energy-rich body of the planet and the void of  galactic space. Since hydrogen is the basic energy courier of the cosmos, this proposition supports the contention that life too,… Continue reading

Eulogy for an unsung pioneer

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How sad it is that Australia’s very first pioneers remain entirely unrecognised. Almost 50 of their robust, archaic skulls have now been unearthed around the fringes of this continent, yet no museum or university anthropologist is willing to risk their tenure by publicly conceding this fact. It is generally accepted that the centre skull in… Continue reading

Free will? … It’s a genetic Illusion.

Published on: Author: regmorrison

Human behaviour is widely believed to be founded on conscious rational thought, an asset that allows us to choose and  modify our behaviour on a continual basis. It’s a unique characteristic that supposedly separates our species from all other animals.  Yet if you switch off the language sound track and observe human behaviour in total silence, it’s… Continue reading

Clean coal delusion

Published on: Author: regmorrison

All coal mining, whether deep-shaft or open-cut, is responsible for releasing significant quantities of carbon into the atmosphere. The common belief is that the major part of this emission comes from power-station chimney stacks. In fact it occurs long before the coal is burnt. Coal seams are rich sources of methane gas (CH4), especially where… Continue reading

The Pilbara: Evolution’s turning point

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“If the Hamersley iron deposits did not exist, then neither would we.” The massive deposits of iron ore upon which Australia’s economy so heavily depends hold vastly greater significance for us and for our species than mere money can begin to define. Most humans now live in cities and use steel motor vehicles and rail systems to… Continue reading

Salamander fish – The last of its tribe

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In the clear, cold creeks that slide out of the eucalyptus forests of south-western Australia there lives a little-known fish of extraordinary evolutionary significance. Embedded in its ancient genetic code is a talent for survival that sets it among evolution’s elite. Even in Australia, where genetic antiquities abound, it has few peers. This seasoned campaigner… Continue reading

intelligent design and the evolution of creationism

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‘Many long-term observers of creationist organizations must have been struck, as I have been, by the evolution of creationism over the years from crude early prototypes to the more refined and successful descendants around us today. Ironically, the gradual modification and adaptive radiation of creationism in its many guises mimics the very process that is… Continue reading

Intelligent Design v. Intelligent Education

Published on: Author: regmorrison

Like witchcraft and astrology, Intelligent Design is not underpinned by testable data. The underlying belief systems are unfalsifiable, non-predictive and based on nothing more substantial than imagination and wishful thinking. They might entertain, but they dont feed brains that seek reliable information. Download the full article as a pdf Like witchcraft and astrology, Intelligent Design… Continue reading

Vanishing bees

Published on: Author: regmorrison

Despite intensive research the collapse of US bee populations remains largely unexplained. Two species of mite have been implicated in some of this carnage, but about a quarter of the cu rrent decline seems unrelated to any specific cause. A variety of agencies have been suggested, but t he multiplicity of potential villains suggests t… Continue reading

A one-eyed view

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“If ‘Art’ is the only label that fits a picture of mine, then as a photographer, I have utterly failed.” A brief historical overview of photography, the most wonderful form of graphic communication that our species ever devised. Download the full article as a pdf

Fingerprints of the Cosmos—Chaos and its Fractals

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All thermodynamic entropy is inherently chaotic and fractal and is determined by repetitive feedback (iteration) within kinetic energy gradients. Fractal patterns have been recognised as a primary characteristic of the natural world for at least 2,500 years (see Heraclitus quote, p.2). Nevertheless, such patterns were not explored in much detail until the early 1960’s when,… Continue reading

Music of the Spheres

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Many years ago I went to Sydneys magnificent Opera House to hear the citys symphony orchestra and massed choir perform Beethovens Ninth. As the house-lights dimmed and the orchestra launched into the first movement I became aware that I was listening, not just to human beings, but to a congregation of very talented chimpanzees. With… Continue reading

Lest we forget

Published on: Author: regmorrison

The ‘Stolen Generation’ painting in the background was by Perth artist Allan Baker. The Aboriginal child in the foreground, ‘Peter’, was the first admitted to Ngal-a, a ‘mothercraft home’, when it opened in 1959. Peter was later assigned to foster parents. This picture was used on the front page of The West Australian on 21.3.61. Ngala… Continue reading

Australia’s 4-Billion-Year Diary

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Australia is the time capsule of the planet. No other continent has so faithfully preserved the early milestones in Earth’s geological and biological evolution. The story embedded in its rocks and in the genes of its modern plants and animals recounts most of the seminal events that shaped the Earth’s present biosphere and its opulent… Continue reading

The Diary of ‘YOU’ – “Four billion years of human evolution”

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As a by-product of genetic evolution, the birth of our species is inextricably linked to the evolution of the planets biosphere and its dazzling biota. The Diary of You unfolds this sequence of biological mile-stones as a uniquely personal narrative. The 4.6 billion-year life of the planet has also been matched here against a one-year… Continue reading

Australians Exposed

Published on: Author: regmorrison

      A photographic journey from birth to death in Australia during       the crucial years 1960 –1973. This was a time when our species began to switch from explosive population growth to fertility decline, bringing an end to 200,000 years of unprecedented evolutionary success. Although undetectable at the time, that underlying… Continue reading

Australia, Land Beyond Time

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Australia is the Earth’s time capsule. The evolutionary milestones embedded in its rocks and in the genes of its modern plants and animals form an unparalleled archive that extends over 98% of the planet’s existenc Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 of the author’s photographs, this pictorial biography of the Australian continent outlines 4.4 billion-years… Continue reading

The Great Australian Wilderness

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A pictorial exploration of wild Australia from four aspects: its mountains, its waterways, its deserts and forests. The brief chapter introductions and extended picture captions offer a rare insight into why this ancient continent is unique among the world’s landmasses, and why its plants and animals have much to tell us about the mechanics and… Continue reading

Plague Species – The Spirit in the Gene

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“Our timebomb is mysticism. Its delivery system is language. And its hiding place? The unfathomable coils of our DNA.” (The Spirit in the Gene, 1999) With the aid of photographs, diagrams and graphs Reg Morrison summarises the massive impact that humans have had on our planet and explores the evolutionary and genetic origins of the behaviour… Continue reading