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Austin Hanway RIP – Two Years today

June 8, 2012 // Around the World 2012, Inside My Head

June 8th is the anniversary of my father’s death. Today marks the second anniversary. Amidst the frenetic pace of my round the world trip, I often found myself with time to reflect. Sometimes, I’d think about how I would have looked forward to sharing some travel stories with my Dad. Other times, I’d wonder what…

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January 1, 2011 // Inside My Head

I was going to start this reflective, slightly narcissistic post about 2010 with a quote from Nietzsche: That which does not kill us makes us stronger My post was then going to be an angry rant about how, on balance, 2010 has been a terrible year – it has been a year dominated for the…

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Decisions, Decisions…

December 6, 2010 // Inside My Head

People who know me well enough will know that I’ve made a big decision this year. It’s now time to face up to that decision. With that in mind, I thought I should post some quotes on making decisions that I find inspiring and speak to the idea of having a positive attitude to decision-making.…

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Spirituality…?

February 12, 2010 // Inside My Head, Religion, Through My Eyes

It’s such a loose term, when you think about it. What does it mean, exactly? Can atheists be spiritual, even without believing in the supernatural? Can you appreciate beauty without always thinking you can explain it, even though the culturally-dominant religious explanation might be beautiful, even if it’s absurd? This video is by the excellent…

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Critical Thinking

December 25, 2009 // Inside My Head

It occurred to me today that I probably don’t do enough of this, so it was good to find this video on Youtube to get me thinking about how I think: Merry Christmas!

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Cults

April 17, 2007 // Inside My Head, Religion

I’ve always been interested in cults and the devastating harm they can do to individuals and the people around them. The video does outline some of the actual techniques that cults use on prospects and members, and even if it seems a little light-hearted at first, it makes some serious points. These cults are a…

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The Sound of One Hand Clapping?

September 20, 2006 // Inside My Head, Religion

In publishing this post, I'm going to do a few things: Add to the mountain of "news" around the Islam issue in this country. Air some half-baked ideas I've got. Open myself up for possible abuse and threats. Hopefully learn from my readers through their comments on my thoughts.     I don't really understand…

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Will we ever get straight answers?

September 12, 2006 // Inside My Head

This is a very old clip but relevant this week, given the struggles our civilisation is facing. This sort of thing happens every single day on TV and radio. Wouldn’t we all be a lot better off if politicians actually answered our questions? Aren’t they our public servants?

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We are all Americans

September 11, 2006 // Inside My Head

So today is September 11th. Five years ago today, thousands of people lost their lives in the largest terrorist atrocity in history. Almost three thousand human beings died at the hand of a backward theological fascism. I remember how my workplace dropped what it was doing and how everyone was transfixed by what was happening…

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Sean John? WTF??

August 11, 2006 // Inside My Head

Who the Hell is Sean John? Try saying “Sean John” five times fast. Go on! Makes you sound like an lisping, fat-tongued idiot, doesn’t it? Now try saying “Puff Daddy” five times fast. This is getting boring, right? Now try saying “P Diddy” just once! Yep – once is enough, isn’t it? What the hell…

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