bullshit
I always thought the organised untruths were the worst that humanity had, things like religion, race, ethnicity, healthfoods, alternative medicine, but bullshit is also pretty awful. This video was made to promote philosopher Harry G. Frankfurt’s book On Bullshit published January 30, 2005. Another thing seekers of the truth needs […]

A world without bullshit would be more interesting



wasting our youth
This talk was given to the South Africa–Finland Knowledge Partnership on ICT (SAFIPA) conference held at the CSIR 19-20 October 2011. Although it was 4 years ago, it has a lot of information that relates to some of the opportunities for creating an innovation-focused institution that pays students a salary, which […]

Emerging & Future Trends in ICT: linking it to the ...



banana market
In part because of the protests of last week for zero increase in student fees, and ultimately for free education, there is a growing awareness that higher education in South Africa is in a mess. They are increasingly forced by circumstance to operate as if they were businesses, albeit ones […]

Another way to conceptualise free education: education that pays


HEI fees crisis
Today will see the Education Spring continue in South Africa. I wonder if the ANC-lead, democratically-elected government will take its people seriously at last. Or if the solutions sought will be in-the-box, and trivial. Given that the ANC, under Jacob Zuma, is not known for taking people seriously or looking […]

The higher education crisis in SA – lasting or trivial ...


iron triangle
Currently in South Africa, here is widespread national protest in higher education institutions against increases in student fees. These protests are taking place against a backdrop of widespread government corruption, a pretty stagnant economy, widespread unemployment, widespread poverty, and low incomes even for educated professionals. Given that the issue of access […]

Student fees and the iron triangle: the solution is easy



Diederik cuckoo male passing food to female
Diederik cuckoo This blog post is about Diederik cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius, and is illustrated with photos taken at Rietvlei Nature Reserve last summer. I wrote it for two reasons: to talk a bit about bird photography, and to illustrate something about these birds biology – they are more than just […]

Diederik cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius – interesting birdwatching


reason-and-science-img
In response to the absurd tweets by trade unionist Zwelenzima Vavi and former Gauteng Premier and ANC member of Parliament, Dr Mathole Motshekga, I made a post to Facebook as follows: We are all grandchildren, children and parents of apes. What is the big deal? Better than than the creations of […]

Loosely off topic conversations with a “Christian” on Facebook


Malachite Sunbird, Nectarinia famosa, at Kloofendal Nature Reser
I have been doing photography of some sort on and off since I was about 14 years old, which is a while ago now. At one time, I was a biologist with technology as a hobby, but I flipped them around: now I am a technologist with biology as a […]

Why I share my photos freely



endocrine1
This video The human endocrine system  is targeted at the South African Grade 12 CAPS syllabus, STRAND 2:LIFE PROCESSES IN PLANTS AND ANIMALS, TOPIC: Human endocrine system. It introduces the human endocrine system, illustrates the location in the body, and introduces the idea of hormones. It is one of a […]

The human endocrine system