As Sam Gamgee famously puts it in the closing lines of Lord of the Rings, “Well, I’m back.” How’s Japan, I hear you ask? Japan is a wonderful country: friendly, sophisticated, and so much more “alive” than Australia (or at least the Ben Cousins-obsessed corner of Australia from which you humble servant hails). Who would have thought it in a country full of heathens? But Japan is also hot: insufferably hot. I really should have done my homework on that one: I was expecting to arrive in a mild European-style clime and wound up landing in a steam bath. The heat wave, which has continued pretty-much unabated since the beginning of August, has claimed more than 50 lives, apparently. But not me–my apartment has an air conditioner.
I’ve been away for quite a few weeks now, and evidently I have a lot of catching up to do regarding the topics of magical thinking and church-state separation, which as you know I like to write about from time to time. I have running internet in my home now, so I should be back in the swing of things soon enough, if not as frequently as when I was back in Australia. After all, I’m living in Japan, and I have touristy-stuff to do.
So this morning I would simply like to plug a magnificent post by Balneus–a critique of a Quadrant article by Cardinal George Pell in which he mounts an apologia for theocracy by way of a hagiography of Emperor Constantine.
If you peeked over the fold, I wanted to post more episodes of the “Search for a Scapegoat” series, but no more seem to have been made. A pity.
So here’s Daniel Dennett on ants, terrorism and memes: