Month: December 2022

  • Brave New Wild: Why ‘Resurrecting’ the Thylacine is a Dangerous Idea

    Brave New Wild: Why ‘Resurrecting’ the Thylacine is a Dangerous Idea

    In 2021 the National Film and Sound Archive released new footage of the last known thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger.

  • Zero Gravity: Floating Towards Posthumanism

    Zero Gravity: Floating Towards Posthumanism

    ‘They say it got smart, a new order of intelligence’, rasps Kyle Reese in The Terminator, referring to the Skynet computer system that launched a nuclear attack against humanity in the catastrophe known as Judgment Day. The trope is as old as science fiction itself, and shadows the genre with all of the tenacity of an Uzi-toting T-800.

  • As Politics Narrows, Divisions Widen (a Note on the Election and the Left)

    As Politics Narrows, Divisions Widen (a Note on the Election and the Left)

    When Bob Hawke died in 2019, two days before the federal election, many mainstream commentators took the opportunity to remind the prime ministerial hopefuls that in terms of charisma, persuasiveness and popularity they didn’t exactly measure up to the example of the Silver Bodgie.

  • Review of Who’s Black and Why?

    Review of Who’s Black and Why?

    In 1741, the exalted members of the Bordeaux Royal Academy of Sciences met to consider sixteen essays written in response to the following question: ‘What is the physical cause of the Negro’s color, the quality of [the Negro’s] hair, and the degeneration of both [Negro hair and skin]?’

  • Review of The First Astronomers

    Review of The First Astronomers

    ‘When profound ideas are introduced to the world for the first time,’ writes Professor Marcia Langton, in her foreword to The First Astronomers, ‘our world is fundamentally changed and the previous understandings consigned to history. There are those who continue to deny the intelligence and scientific traditions of Indigenous people. The idea that the only true science is that of Western thinking must be consigned to history.’