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Don Aitkin

Don Aitkin has been an academic and vice-chancellor. His latest book, Moving On, was published in 2016.


At last, some humour
Humour & Satire - 8/10/2018 - 7 comments
On faith
Religion & Spirituality - 13/09/2018 - 154 comments
Rimsky-Korsakov
The Arts - 4/09/2018 - 17 comments
Electric vehicles again
Environment - 28/08/2018 - 20 comments
Perhaps the worst policy botch ever
Nation Building - 23/08/2018 - 8 comments
Waste not, water not
Environment - 14/08/2018 - 13 comments
The changing Australian culture
Society - 3/08/2018 - 26 comments
Understanding Donald Trump
International - 22/06/2018 - 47 comments
Is Western Civilisation worth studying?
Education - 14/06/2018 - 37 comments
Reasonableness and citizenship
Law & Liberties - 6/06/2018 - 19 comments
Three cheers for Pollyanna
Political Philosophy - 16/05/2018 - 3 comments
Well, is the world improving or not?
Economics - 10/05/2018 - 9 comments
Why aren’t more people 'factful'?
Science & Technology - 3/05/2018 - 46 comments
Why isn’t more research reproducible?
Science & Technology - 30/04/2018 - 28 comments
The #MeToo phenomenon and what, if anything, anyone can do about it
Law & Liberties - 13/03/2018 - 11 comments
Whose universities are they, anyway?
Education - 28/02/2018 - 9 comments
The power of grant money
Education - 31/01/2018 - 6 comments
Heretical thoughts about science and society
Science & Technology - 15/12/2017 - 26 comments
Is comedy still possible?
Law & Liberties - 6/12/2017 - 8 comments
The dual citizenship scandal/imbroglio/fiasco
Law & Liberties - 24/11/2017 - 24 comments
Climate change and electric vehicles
Environment - 10/11/2017 - 22 comments
The sad, sad story of the NBN
Nation Building - 2/11/2017 - 10 comments
NEG: the energy policy you have when you aren’t having an energy policy
Nation Building - 24/10/2017 - 7 comments
The future for Australia’s Aboriginal people
Indigenous Affairs - 12/10/2017 - 29 comments
Australia Day and other great issues
Indigenous Affairs - 12/09/2017 - 30 comments
The scary stories get scarier
Environment - 24/07/2017 - 69 comments
Where is our politics going?
Political Philosophy - 20/07/2017 - 11 comments
What does the future hold?
Science & Technology - 12/07/2017 - 3 comments
What should former PMs do?
Domestic Politics - 6/07/2017 - 18 comments
Can blog posts be better than journal articles?
Education - 2/06/2017 - 10 comments
Social justice
Political Philosophy - 17/05/2017 - 22 comments
How much inequality is enough
Political Philosophy - 16/05/2017 - 10 comments
Mathematics, my father and me
Education - 30/03/2017 - 2 comments
A final thought on 2016 Australian warming
Environment - 14/03/2017 - 81 comments
Standing up against Nannies
Law & Liberties - 10/03/2017 - 37 comments
Mr Abbott as class bad boy
Political Philosophy - 3/03/2017 - 23 comments
What is it all for?
Society - 15/02/2017 - 5 comments
Mating, the core of it all
Society - 10/02/2017 - 29 comments
In terms of temperature, what sort of a year did we have in Australia?
Environment - 8/02/2017 - 32 comments
A good news story about Australia’s past
Science & Technology - 19/01/2017 - 11 comments
Truthiness and factiness
Political Philosophy - 5/01/2017 - 30 comments
Two more books, on an important union, and on climate change
Environment - 8/12/2016 - 11 comments
‘Global warming’ or 'climate change'?
Environment - 27/10/2016 - 43 comments
The apparent and real growth of dementia
Health - 20/10/2016 - 4 comments
A less than usual election coming up
Domestic Politics - 12/09/2016 - 10 comments
The distinction between true scepticism and denial
Environment - 8/09/2016 - 121 comments
Left and Right in Australian politics
Political Philosophy - 17/08/2016 - 6 comments
The moral basis of the Right
Political Philosophy - 15/08/2016 - 25 comments
The moral basis of the Left
Political Philosophy - 3/08/2016 - 42 comments
It doesn’t have to be a circus
Domestic Politics - 8/07/2016 - 47 comments
The race to be the silliest: alternative energy and the election
Environment - 10/06/2016 - 49 comments
What sort of election campaign are we having?
Domestic Politics - 18/05/2016 - 17 comments
‘But aren’t 97 per cent of climate scientists sure that humans are causing global warming?’
Environment - 22/04/2016 - 58 comments
Kill Climate Deniers!: more on public funding of the arts
The Arts - 20/04/2016 - 7 comments
Who to vote for? That is the question
Domestic Politics - 15/04/2016 - 34 comments
On the freeness of speech
Law & Liberties - 4/04/2016 - 11 comments
If the science is settled, why do we need all these people working at it?
Environment - 9/02/2016 - 33 comments
What should we do about the United Nations?
International - 18/01/2016 - 3 comments
Could a Paris agreement on climate change be like the Montreal Protocol on CFCs?
Environment - 30/10/2015 - 31 comments
Who are ‘we’?
Political Philosophy - 14/10/2015 - 13 comments
Who wants small government?
Economics - 8/10/2015 - 31 comments
If 2015 is the hottest year since whenever, what will that mean?
Environment - 30/09/2015 - 87 comments
Why the Abbott era came to an end
Domestic Politics - 24/09/2015 - 36 comments
Can we sue our government over 'climate change'?
Law & Liberties - 15/09/2015 - 59 comments
Expectations in health
Health - 25/08/2015 - 14 comments
Beware! The crisis is coming!
Environment - 17/08/2015 - 37 comments
Tilting at windmills
Environment - 28/07/2015 - 19 comments
Climate change and the Fabian Society
Political Philosophy - 14/07/2015 - 21 comments
The ABC in deepest, darkest doo-doo land
Media - 30/06/2015 - 48 comments
'the right to know'
Law & Liberties - 26/06/2015 - 18 comments
Oh, for some real climate science!
Science & Technology - 16/06/2015 - 13 comments
How (and why) to be a publisher
The Arts - 28/05/2015 - 4 comments
The ethics of expertise: in financial and medical advice, climate and everything
Law & Liberties - 15/05/2015 - 15 comments
Humanism versus environmentalism
Environment - 23/04/2015 - 13 comments
What is it about coal-seam gas?
Environment - 13/04/2015 - 9 comments
What is so special about ‘science’?
Science & Technology - 13/03/2015 - 45 comments
When you have nothing left with which to argue, please avoid the smear…
Environment - 10/03/2015 - 19 comments
Death for drugs?
Law & Liberties - 16/02/2015 - 74 comments
Do we want 'truth' or 'truthiness'?
Political Philosophy - 6/02/2015 - 19 comments
Does Australia have a 'political crisis'?
Political Philosophy - 3/02/2015 - 11 comments
The coming death of the oceans
Environment - 30/01/2015 - 28 comments
'The political system is failing to deliver'
Political Philosophy - 20/01/2015 - 18 comments
Will 2014 be the hottest year ever?
Environment - 16/12/2014 - 19 comments
What sort of higher education system does Australia need?
Education - 12/12/2014 - 17 comments
Science fiction and prediction
Science & Technology - 1/12/2014 - 11 comments
Is poverty increasing, or are we getting wealthier?
Economics - 13/11/2014 - 19 comments
Computer models in climate science
Environment - 3/11/2014 - 19 comments
The passing of Gough Whitlam
Domestic Politics - 22/10/2014 - 10 comments
On 'divestment'
Political Philosophy - 21/10/2014 - 6 comments
Should the world try to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius?
Environment - 8/10/2014 - 100 comments
Is alternative energy worth it?
Environment - 1/10/2014 - 26 comments
Top down or bottom up?
Political Philosophy - 26/09/2014 - 4 comments
The language of the extreme
Media - 9/09/2014 - 88 comments
How can we usefully make judgements about science? Part 2
Science & Technology - 22/08/2014 - 49 comments
How can we usefully make judgments about science?
Science & Technology - 19/08/2014 - 12 comments
After so much corruption, where can NSW politics go?
Domestic Politics - 18/08/2014 - 9 comments
The climate change refugees are coming!
Environment - 15/08/2014 - 21 comments
What (if anything) can be done about the IPCC?
Environment - 8/08/2014 - 93 comments
Israel and Palestine
International - 1/08/2014 - 83 comments
Does Australia need a 'climate policy' at all?
Environment - 22/07/2014 - 94 comments
Are we in the midst of a crime wave?
Law & Liberties - 10/07/2014 - 7 comments
Progress gives with one hand, and takes away with the other
Economics - 2/07/2014 - 16 comments
Conservatism and climate science
Political Philosophy - 24/06/2014 - 169 comments
The problem of research funding
Science & Technology - 18/06/2014 - 35 comments
What the prime minister might have said
Domestic Politics - 12/06/2014 - 15 comments
Inequality and poverty
Economics - 22/05/2014 - 40 comments
Free speech
Law & Liberties - 29/04/2014 - 37 comments
The IPCC now says it’s OK to adapt to ‘climate change’
Environment - 11/04/2014 - 136 comments
The Senate tries its hand at climate science
Environment - 31/03/2014 - 39 comments
Building a good society
Political Philosophy - 18/03/2014 - 27 comments
Is this the last gasp from the Climate Change Authority?
Environment - 4/03/2014 - 63 comments
The end of the Australian car industry
Economics - 26/02/2014 - 6 comments
Nutrition, and 'climate change'
Environment - 18/02/2014 - 2 comments
Should we be worried about ‘peak oil’?
Environment - 12/02/2014 - 24 comments
Professor Chubb responds to Maurice Newman
Environment - 23/01/2014 - 19 comments
More bread and circuses, but this time Perth misses out
Sport - 19/12/2013 - 2 comments
The ABC and the coalition
Media - 5/12/2013 - 48 comments
Does Government 'meddle' with business?
Economics - 3/12/2013 - 5 comments
Arguing about models and observations, with respect to global warming
Environment - 21/10/2013 - 58 comments
even bigger rorts
Domestic Politics - 14/10/2013 - 10 comments
'travel rorts'
Domestic Politics - 11/10/2013 - 96 comments
Salvo three: Dr Judith Curry
Environment - 27/09/2013 - 60 comments
The second salvo in the IPCC countdown - Roy Spencer
Environment - 26/09/2013 - 34 comments
The IPCC countdown - first salvo (Ross McKitrick)
Environment - 25/09/2013 - 8 comments
Academics and the policy context for the Abbott Government
Political Philosophy - 16/09/2013 - 4 comments
Who wants to bet on the election outcome?
Domestic Politics - 27/08/2013 - 8 comments
The Precautionary Principle bites the dust
Political Philosophy - 23/08/2013 - 34 comments
A rancorous mood overtakes the country
Domestic Politics - 15/08/2013 - 24 comments
How important is this election?
Domestic Politics - 8/08/2013 - 41 comments
Mr Rudd or 'Mr President'?
Domestic Politics - 24/07/2013 - 10 comments
On 'negativity' in our politics
Domestic Politics - 17/07/2013 - 12 comments
What has happened to the humanities?
Education - 15/07/2013 - 16 comments
On philanthropy, especially in Australia
Society - 10/07/2013 - 11 comments
It's 'social justice' time
Political Philosophy - 2/07/2013 - 15 comments
The history of global warming
Environment - 30/05/2013 - 64 comments
A sane view on the 'climate change' issue
Environment - 24/05/2013 - 60 comments
'Climate change' gets the heave-ho in the Budget
Environment - 17/05/2013 - 55 comments
Should local government be in the Australian constitution?
Domestic Politics - 14/05/2013 - 23 comments
An unusual election budget awaits us
Economics - 3/05/2013 - 14 comments
What does it mean to be 'Australian'?
Society - 29/04/2013 - 9 comments
What price carbon?
Environment - 19/04/2013 - 20 comments
Education: robbing Peter to pay Paul
Education - 16/04/2013 - 31 comments
The complex Margaret Thatcher
Political Philosophy - 12/04/2013 - 26 comments
Pride and Prejudice is 200 - well, sort of
Society - 5/04/2013 - 4 comments
The 'radical scholar' in today's universities
Education - 27/03/2013 - 9 comments
Why is Paul Ehrlich so extraordinarily sure about everything?
Economics - 19/03/2013 - 37 comments
The Greens/Labor divorce
Domestic Politics - 25/02/2013 - 5 comments
Of mice and men: when peer review fails
Science & Technology - 18/02/2013 - 54 comments
On 'excellence' in research
Education - 13/02/2013 - 18 comments
The longest election campaign ever?
Domestic Politics - 1/02/2013 - 32 comments
The cry for ‘jobs’, and where it led us
January 2013 Feature - 21/01/2013 - 1 comment
On ‘belief’ and ‘denial’
Environment - 27/12/2012 - 277 comments
Perhaps more CO2 is good for us
Environment - 12/12/2012 - 59 comments
Is solar power the answer?
Environment - 7/12/2012 - 56 comments
Economic growth: is it worth having?
Economics - 22/11/2012 - 32 comments
(Why) (Do) Politicians Lie (?)
Political Philosophy - 14/11/2012 - 13 comments
Voting for the king
International - 7/11/2012 - 14 comments
Language and the Asian century
International - 1/11/2012 - 13 comments
Natural disasters: be careful when predicting them!
Law & Liberties - 29/10/2012 - 44 comments
Extreme weather in Australia
Environment - 19/10/2012 - 37 comments
Mr Abbott and women voters
Domestic Politics - 11/10/2012 - 14 comments
Team Australia
February 2012 Feature - 14/02/2012 - 10 comments
The endemic problems of the Gillard Government
Domestic Politics - 19/12/2011 - 10 comments
The Arts, and Government
November 2010 Feature - 15/11/2010 - 12 comments
An initial reaction to Garnaut
Environment - 15/07/2008 - 76 comments
Much needed due diligence on climate change
Environment - 10/04/2008 - 24 comments
Rethinking Education - Part 2
Education - 4/05/2005 - 15 comments
Rethinking education - Part one
Education - 15/04/2005 - 13 comments
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