Beginning in early 2020, the corporate media was at pains to label as a ‘conspiracy theory’ the possibility that Covid-19 was leaked from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. Media outlets assured us that the virus had arisen naturally in a population of bats before being passed on to a human host who inadvertently spread it… Read More Media Backflip: Wuhan Lab Leak No Longer a ‘Conspiracy Theory’
Science has a very trusted reputation—so much so that in recent years, “trust the science” and “the science is settled” have become fashionable phrases in policy-making and public debate. Science deserves this reputation, given how dramatically the discoveries of modern science have transformed our lives for the better. Whether it’s the laws of motion, genetic… Read More Coronavirus Backflips: Trusting the Science When the Science Keeps Changing
An unmistakable optimism has returned to countries like Australia as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. Even the news cycle has begun to focus on issues other than the coronavirus, to our collective relief. For several months there was blanket news coverage of the pandemic. Media outlets kept feeding our insatiable appetite to know more about… Read More Ten Things You May Not Know About COVID-19
This is a free country. It’s a phrase we’ve all used, even from schoolyard days—often to stand up to a bully trying to exert their control over us. “This is a free country” are words I repeated countless times as a child, long before I understood the concept of liberty. I guessed it had something… Read More Lockdown and Liberty: Is Australia Still a Free Country?
Today was going to be my wedding day. Angie and I had everything planned. A ceremony by the beach; our reception at the winery across the road from where I grew up; thirty guests joining us from overseas. But then corona came. I first read of the strange Wuhan virus back in January. By February,… Read More Last Year I Was Engaged—Now My Wedding’s Cancelled
We are living in a different world to the one we were in a week ago. In December 2019, a pneumonia outbreak was detected in the city of Wuhan, China. It was soon traced to a new strain of coronavirus—but not before infected travellers had crossed international borders in every direction. A few months on… Read More Pandemic Panic: Where is God in our Current Crisis?