Episode 276 – 2 hours of News, Politics, Sex and Religion

In this episode:

Dan Andrews – Will he survive?

Australia Post Watches

Noosa Temple of Satan Update

David van Gend

Good News – van Gend missed out

New Zealand Election

Fake News and the Trump Legacy

2020 US election: Donald Trump’s done a phenomenal job, says Greg Norman

No Handshake No Citizenship

Facebook blocks user for nudity in photos of Indigenous Vanuatu ceremony

Australia demands answers after women taken from Qatar Airways flight and strip-searched

Dan Andrews – Will he survive?

He is a great communicator.

From John Wren writing in Independent Australia

On Thursday he called her out on her factual inaccuracies. Andrews was having none of it. He’s smarter and much more press-savvy than she is. Over 100 daily press conferences on the trot will do that to someone. Credlin should stick to her online monologues where she can just make up stuff and not be called out on it. The Murdoch press, of course, spun it as “Andrews dodges questions”.

How they can come up with that statement after 105 days where he stays and answers every question, no matter how ridiculous, is beyond me.

The Victorian Liberal Party Leader Michael O’Brien is desperate to gain traction but fails at every turn. He also stood in Treasury Gardens surrounded by 700 Australian flags ostensibly to represent the 700 deaths he claims Andrews is responsible for. If he really wanted to make his point, he should have used Victorian State flags. Using Commonwealth flags was construed by many that he was blaming the Commonwealth Government for the deaths.

O’Brien cannot win the next election despite the constant barrage of manure being thrown at Andrews. The only reason he’s not been challenged yet is that the likely challenger, Tim Smith, is even more inept. Andrews is doing a fine job as Premier, but an effective democracy needs an effective opposition.

There isn’t one in Victoria, nor is there any sign of one emerging.

Australia Post Watches

From Crikey

A number of the scandals have their genesis in the Abbott and Turnbull governments; Morrison only inherited some; others are of his own creation.

But all reflect two themes that have run through this government from day one in 2013: that it’s OK to use taxpayer money, and taxpayer-funded positions, for your own benefit, and the benefit of your mates, and for the benefit of your party; and that there are no consequences for failure and scandal, unless political calculation necessitates them.

Those themes are potent indeed. Governments do not operate in a vacuum. The tone and example set by governments has impacts that ripple outward. First to the bureaucrats who serve governments, then businesses that work closely with government, then the broader business community and then, eventually, the whole community.

When a government appoints scores of former Liberal MPs and staffers to publicly funded offices like the AAT; when it hands a million dollars to Liberal-connected pollster without process; when a deputy PM creates a taxpayer-funded job for his new girlfriend; when it gives over $440 million to a tiny Great Barrier Reef charity run by people connected to the Liberal-allied Business Council without process; when it carefully spends taxpayer money to service its electoral needs; when it hands tens of millions of dollars to its mates at News Corp without process — it sends a clear signal.

Taxpayer funds are there to help you and your mates. And looking after mates is the explicit foundational value of the Morrison government.

The message has filtered out to the bureaucracy. To Australia Post. To ASIC. To someone in the department in charge of valuing land in Western Sydney. To the Health Department, which looked the other way rather than do anything about Bridget McKenzie allocating grants without any legal authority.

… when forensic independent reports by the auditor-general are dismissed by senior bureaucrats and the funding of the Australian National Audit Office is cut, when those who seek to hold the government up to scrutiny are raided, rather than rewarded, that too sends a signal.

Accountability doesn’t matter. You don’t need to fear the consequences of misuse of taxpayer funding.

“The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,” David Morrison famously said. For the Morrison government, it hasn’t merely accepted the low standards that have mired federal politics in sleaze, it has actively promoted them.

This is the result.

 

Clive Palmer and Death Taxes

Pages 2 and 3 of the Sunday Mail 18 October 2020

Play clip “Palmer on death tax”

 

Noosa Temple of Satan Update

The CM article

A p5 article in The Courier Mail.

A bigger piece in the digital edition.

Mr Bristow said they went to the school to “send a message straight to the Education Minister and are hoping to get a response from her in support of Satanists going to a school in her district”.

He also suggested that they may next do the same at Brisbane State High School.

But Education Minister Grace Grace told The Courier-Mail “schools should not be used as a backdrop for a political stunt.”

“This is ridiculous.

“I do not support this behaviour.

“Police and Kelvin Grove State College’s leadership team are aware.”

The NTOS response

“This is grossly unfair. It is insulting. Imagine if she went on the record to say that Christianity or Islam is ridiculous. Imagine if she warned them that the police have been made aware?”

“This type of discrimination is precisely the sort of thing that Scott Morrison wants to outlaw by introducing Religious Freedom laws.”

“Scott Morrison understands religious freedom. He understands that it applies to all religions, including Satanism. He wants to protect our right to teach satanism in schools and he should now practice what he preaches.

“From our reading of the draft Religious Discrimination Bill it appears Grace Grace would be in breach of section 7 which says:

A person discriminates against another person on the ground of the other person’s religious belief … if the person treats … the other person less favourably than the person treats … another person who does not have or engage in the religious belief … in circumstances that are not materially different.”

“With religious freedom it will be the Noosa Temple of Satan that will be making the police “aware” of Grace Grace.”

Martin Iles on the Black Mass

Australian Christian Lobby managing director Martyn Iles was interviewed by Vision Christian Radio’s Twenty20 radio show.

Play clip

And so, the Satanists praying is of course a concern. I think it’s deeply destructive to them, because pagan religions destroy people like nothing else, and it’s very sad that this is gaining a foothold in the community.

The ACL has organised a prayer meeting

There is a very real choice to make in regards to party platforms on abortion and euthanasia. It’s not surprising then, that the promoters of a Black Mass, planned in Noosa for the 30 October, significantly the night before the election, promote access to euthanasia and abortion.

Across the Sunshine Coast, churches are praying against this evil. On Friday 30 October, we have opportunity to meet together to pray for the election and to pray for God’s protection over the Sunshine Coast and our nation. This is a combined churches event for all those who love Jesus, to gather together to pray, praise God and read the scriptures together.

Your church may be running their own prayer meeting that night but if not, please come and join this combined churches event hosted by the Nambour Ministers Fraternal at Newlife Church. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, please register to notify us of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you there.

WHEN

October 30, 2020 at 6pm – 7:30pm

WHERE

Newlife Church
2 McKenzie Roa
Woombye, QLD 4559
Australia
Google map and directions

CONTACT

Qld Office · qldoffice@acl.org.au

 

St Michael Novena against the Noosa Black Mass

Facebook event

The Noosa Satanic Temple is holding a public Black Mass on the 30th October (‘Devil’s Night’). On the 22nd October, we will be commencing a nine-day novena to St Michael the Archangel in reparation for the atrocities of the Black Mass, for the purification of the Church in Australia, and for Her deliverance from the attacks of Satan.

Join us in prayer, united with the faithful of Australia.

Saint Michael the Archangel is heralded as the defender of the Church and chief opponent of Satan. His intercession is powerful against diabolical forces.

“But I tell you, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute and insult you” (Matt 5:44)

 

Comments

David van Gend

From Ben Smee in The Guardian

Queensland ‘Christian soldiers’ back doctor who railed against abortion and gay marriage for LNP seat

Liberal National officials believed to be alarmed at prospect of endorsing controversial figure for preselection days before state election

A doctor who called homosexuality a “disordered form of behaviour” and who campaigned against legal abortion, transgender rights and gay marriage has emerged as the frontrunner for Liberal National party preselection in the safe federal seat of Groom.

Guardian Australia understands the LNP’s increasingly influential “Christian soldiers” faction has thrown its support behind David van Gend’s nomination.

LNP sources said it appeared van Gend had the numbers to win Sunday’s vote of party members in Toowoomba, which is considered a stronghold of the party’s religious right. The byelection in Groom, set for 28 November, was caused by the sudden resignation last month of the sitting member, John McVeigh.

Senior LNP officials are understood to be alarmed at the prospect of the party publicly endorsing such a controversial figure six days before the Queensland election – particularly given the “unwelcome” focus of the state campaign on conscience issues.

Guardian Australia revealed on Saturday that a conservative state frontbencher, Christian Rowan, gave an “iron clad guarantee” the party would wind back 2018 laws that decriminalised abortion.

Labor has recently promised to bring voluntary assisted dying legislation to the parliament.

The opposition leader, Deb Frecklington, has been reluctant to talk about either issue, both of which are opposed by the LNP membership but overwhelmingly supported by the Queensland public.

The LNP has said publicly it needs to win progressive inner-city seats to take government in Queensland, and it is understood party officials are seriously concerned the final week of the state campaign could be dominated by accusations the party has fallen captive to zealots.

Van Gend, a practising GP who wrote a book about gay marriage called Stealing from a Child, campaigned against Queensland’s 2018 abortion laws.

In a recent article in the Spectator, van Gend attacked the Black Lives Matter movement, describing it as a “demoralising slander of our culture”, and disputed scientific evidence on global heating.

In his most recent piece, van Gend suggested transgender people suffer from “varieties of psychological disturbance”.

LNP members have told the Guardian the preselection vote also looms as a test of the authority of its new president, Cynthia Hardy, who is based in Groom.

Some party officials are understood to be backing an outsider, Bryce Camm. Sources say the former Groom MP and Queensland Resources Council chief executive, Ian Macfarlane, has thrown his support behind Toowoomba councillor Rebecca Vonhoff.

Van Gend did not return calls.

From Deep Throat

Slowly but surely taking over the LNP. How long before we see Lyle Shelton, Dr Donna Purcell and Wendy Francis lining up for a crack at a seat.

Good News – van Gend missed out

Mining engineer Garth Hamilton has won pre-selection as the LNP candidate in the Groom by-election on November 28.

He described himself as a “family man” who “loves to build things”.

“Jobs and the economy that’s what we need to drive right now,” he said.

The Toowoomba businessman for formerly a campaign manager for Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts and writes for right-wing publication Spectator.

Mr Hamilton was considered an outsider by many in the party but was successful against several high profile candidates including Councillor Rebecca Vonhoff, former Wellcamp Manager Sara Hales and GP David van Gend

A quick look at his articles in Spectator

Anti Qld state debt, anti government intervention, anti-China, anti-woke, anti-labor, anti-left, pro Drew Pavlou (UQ student anti-China free speecher), anti-Aussie BLM, pro Western civilisation, anti-Greta Thunberg, pro Scomo and Dutton over border controls, accuses Qld Labor of chequebook gerrymander, critical of climate change emission targets, critical of Jackie Trad

New Zealand Election

From Max Hayton in John Menadue Blog

There are, however, stirrings on the right of New Zealand politics. The ACT Party improved from one seat to 10 seats largely by taking votes from the National Party. Its leader, David Seymour, is an advocate of hard right libertarian economics and, according to his Facebook entry, is a member of the international neo-liberal organization, the Mont Pelerin Society. His supporters certainly appear to show no fear of hard-right politics.

It remains to be seen whether National will seek support on the centre ground or swerve to the right to recover some of the votes it lost to ACT.

 

 

Note the libertarian party Act won 7.98% of the vote and 10 seats.

Their policies

According to former party leader Rodney Hide, ACT stands for “individual freedom, personal responsibility, doing the best for our natural environment and for smaller, smarter government in its goals of a prosperous economy, a strong society, and a quality of life that is the envy of the world”

Our priorities are:

1: Getting Kiwis Back To Work

  • 90-day trials for all businesses
  • Three-year moratorium on minimum wage increases

2: Balancing The Books

  • Borrow $76 billion less than Labour over the current decade
  • Return to surplus by 2028 and begin repaying the debt
  • Cut wasteful spending
  • Reduce the 30% tax rate to 17.5% and cut GST to 10% for 12 months

3: Cutting Red Tape

  • Repeal the Zero Carbon Act and the oil and gas ban
  • Allow investors from OECD countries to invest without having to jump through bureaucratic hoops
  • Limit government’s ability to pass harmful regulation

Plus

Anti-lockdown

Pro guns

Anti-hate speech

Fake News and the Trump Legacy

From John Perkins

All human progress, and civilisation itself, relies upon a diligent quest for the truth. Trump’s successful campaign to undermine belief in the truth is his most damaging legacy. We must fight to reinstate belief in reason and evidence as our highest principles.

Fist

The information age should have empowered the working class but disinformation has effectively killed off the benefits.

Disinformation is here to stay. Facebook and Twitter censorships won’t work. Power will always contaminate media. All I can see is that we have to educate people in media literacy.

The IFVG podcast, the John Menadue Blog, Friendly Jordies, Michael West media and others are trying.

Use a RSS feed reader.

2020 US election: Donald Trump’s done a phenomenal job, says Greg Norman

From The Australian

Golfing legend Greg Norman has not written off Donald Trump. In fact he believes the US president has a “good chance” of winning the election because millions of “quiet Americans” will back the President and prove the polls wrong.

On the eve of today’s (Friday AEDT) final presidential debate, which offers Trump his best chance to mount a comeback against Joe Biden, the Florida-based Norman says Trump has kept his promises to voters. “(From) my business perspective, he’s done a phenomenal job,” Norman says in an exclusive interview with The Australian. “He has ­pretty much stuck to all his promises he made when he was elected.

“Very few people who are elected as president follow through on their promises.

“Ye,s he is bombastic; yes, he has a different style; but to see him actually commit to his word about what he wants to do is actually pretty impressive.

“And it’s having a domino effect on the American economy, it has a domino effect on people I employ,” says the 65 year old businessman and entrepreneur.

….

He took aim at Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews over his decision to close Victoria’s golf courses when that government was encouraging “fresh air and exercise and then you couldn’t get on a golf course”.

“I thought the decision that the Victorian government made about golf was the most asinine decision,” he says. “All they had to do was take a look at what happened in America — they opened up golf courses and golf has thrived over here.”

“I actually admire Donald Trump for staying his course, getting the abuse whether it’s from the investigations into Russia and all that stuff, yada, yada, yada, the same old rhetoric.”

He says the American taxpayer had to spend many millions of dollars on anti-Trump investigations for nothing. “It’s just a waste of time, money and energy through pure hatred, it’s something I’ve never seen in America and I’ve been here for 40 years.”

Despite America’s current problems, he is an optimist about the nation that allowed him to build his empire. “America has been a great country for me, a great country for my company,” he says. “Only America could have given me the opportunity because America gives that freedom to allow people to chase and achieve their dreams.”

Cameron Stewart is also US contributor for Sky News Australia

 

No Handshake No Citizenship

12th Man – Is this big brother telling us what to do?

From The Independent

Man denied German citizenship for refusing to shake woman’s hand at naturalisation ceremony

Lebanese doctor says he promised wife he would avoid greeting with opposite sex

A man who aced his German naturalisation test has been refused citizenship after he refused to shake hands with the female official responsible for handing over his award.

The 40-year-old doctor, who left Lebanon for Germany in 2002, said he had promised his wife he would not shake another woman’s hand, and that he was prevented from doing so for religious reasons.

But a court in the southwestern state of Baden-Wurttemberg ruled that rejecting handshakes with women due to a “fundamentalist conception of culture and values” was a rejection of “integration into German living conditions”, German newspaper Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.

The doctor, a practicing senior physician, applied for citizenship in 2012, signing a declaration denouncing extremism and expressing loyalty to the German constitution.

But when in 2015 he refused to shake hands with the official at the naturalisation ceremony, she withheld his certificate and rejected his application.

In its ruling, the court said anyone who refuses a handshake on grounds of gender is in breach of the country’s constitution and that handshakes, “deeply rooted in social, cultural and legal life”, symbolised the conclusion of a contract.

It made no difference, the judge said, that the doctor had since announced he would also refuse to shake hands with men.

The ruling ironically came amid warnings from health officials for citizens to avoid shaking hands during the coronavirus pandemic. The judge, however, said he was convinced the practice would continue once the crisis was over.

The case comes two years after a Muslim couple were denied Swiss citizenship for refusing to shake hands with members of the opposite sex. Switzerland also in 2016 rejected citizenship requests from two Muslim girls who refused to take part in swimming lessons with boys at school.

Facebook blocks user for nudity in photos of Indigenous Vanuatu ceremony

From the ABC

Witnol Benko is worried about posting certain images from his home island on Facebook.

Key points:

  • Pacific ceremonial photos have been mistakenly removed by Facebook
  • Facebook’s automated system is censoring more content on the platform
  • Users are calling for the social media giant to consider cultural views on nudity

Some photos taken in Vanuatu have already been labelled a violation of Facebook’s nudity and sexual activity standards, and he said his account had been blocked for weeks as a result.

But the pictures are not lewd or explicit.

They depict cultural ceremonies where women are dressed in grass skirts and not much else, or photos from Vanuatu’s Indigenous villages where men wear nambas or penis sheaths.

“It was with a pig-killing ceremony, where they were dancing and the chief was dancing,” Mr Benko told the ABC’s Pacific Beat, recalling one of the blocked images.

“Those pictures are appropriate to me because it’s part of my culture, but to Facebook it’s not appropriate.”

A Facebook spokesperson told the ABC that two of Mr Benko’s images were removed “in error” by its automated system, and has apologised for the mistake.

The company did not address the question of whether they blocked his account, but said the images have now been restored.

But for Mr Benko, Facebook’s policies need to be improved to take better account of cultural nuances.

Until then, he fears being blocked again.

 

Australia demands answers after women taken from Qatar Airways flight and strip-searched

From The Guardian

Australian women were allegedly taken off a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Sydney and strip-searched. Photograph: Régis Duvignau/Reuters

The Australian government says it is “deeply concerned” at the “offensive, grossly inappropriate treatment” of female passengers on a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney, who were ordered to disembark the plane in Doha and were subjected to a strip search and a medical examination.

Flight QR908 to Sydney was due to leave Hamad International airport at Doha at 8.30 on Friday 2 October, but was delayed for four hours, apparently after a newborn infant was found in the airport.

“They were taken by security personnel into the cellar, not knowing what was going on,” he said. “And then they were presented to a female doctor and they were basically strip-searched and had to take everything downwards off, all their clothes, even their underwear.

“And then the doctor would try to feel in the uterus and stomach area or lower abdomen to see whether they may have given birth recently.

 

The Value of Humanities

Part 1

From Daniel Gregory writing in The John Menadue Blog

The most important contribution the humanities make is to the advance of public morality.

Earlier this year, an eminent philosopher and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, D.H. Mellor, passed away. Announcing his passing, a well-known blogger in the profession drew attention to words which he had written in opposition to the view that the humanities deliver nothing comparable to the immense improvements in health and standards of living which the sciences have made possible. The words were striking, in part, because Mellor himself had trained as both a philosopher and an engineer.

Mellor acknowledged the remarkable achievements of science but added:

that these benefits, while still far from universal, are as widespread as they are, is due not to science but to social developments, like the end of slavery, the protection of children, the spread of education, democracy and the rule of law, respect for human rights, fair and honest trade, and so on. These are products of developments not in science but in the humanities: in ethics, economics, social, political and legal theory—and in the arts, as in novels, like Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby, whose public impact destroyed schools like its dreadful Dotheboys Hall.

Investing in the humanities is investing in moral progress. It is a vast community indeed which profits from that.

The humanities make two other unique contributions.

First, they help us to better understand the momentous events of our communal and personal lives.

In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American elected President of the United States. The significance of the moment was best articulated by his opponent, John McCain, by drawing on history in his magnificent concession speech.

McCain reminded us of the incident in 1901 when Theodore Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House. Washington was an educator and writer, a leader of the African American community, and an advisor and friend to Roosevelt.

It was, as McCain said, ‘taken as an outrage in many quarters’. Press and politicians from southern states, which would long remain segregated, responded with indignation to the President treating an African American man as an equal. Vile things were said and printed.

Now, an African American would go to the White House as President.

For Americans and many others, McCain’s perfect historical allusion added meaning to an event which everyone already knew was profoundly significant.

As individuals and in small groups within the community, we turn to the humanities at the most intense times of our personal lives too.

The greatest grief most of us suffer is when we lose people who are close to us. We search for comfort for ourselves and words to comfort others. We find consolation in different places, but often in verse – in such words as these, read daily at funerals, from Cymbeline:

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,
Nor the furious winter’s rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages … .

And one need be no believer to find comfort in the thought that a loved one has had their time, however curtailed; made such contribution as they could; and will endure no more trials.

The second, unique contribution of the humanities is one we will not always welcome: they remind us of what is horrible about humankind.

I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.

We find these lines in Erich Maria Remarque’s historical novel about the First World War, All Quiet on the Western Front. The protagonist’s misery brings the reader to despair but it is the thought that the ‘abyss of sorrow’ was the needless creation of humans which makes one feel physically sick.

Even more confronting are these words from the political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, in Eichmann in Jerusalem, her book about the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the chief orchestrator of the Holocaust:

The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal. From the viewpoint of our legal institutions and of our moral standards of judgment, this normality was much more terrifying than all the atrocities put together.

It is harrowing to turns one’s mind to this, but we all know we must confront it. Especially if we think of ourselves as normal.

There is much to celebrate about humanity – including its achievements in expanding knowledge by applying the scientific method. But it is salutary, sometimes, to look in the mirror and see a monster. We cannot do this without history and philosophy and literature.

Academics must always remember who we are supposed to serve: the whole community, including those with no direct connection to universities. We must remember this in deciding what research to do and what to teach. But governments must also remember that universities are meant to serve the whole community. This is why they should support the humanities: because the humanities do contribute to the whole community and – critically – they make contributions which they alone can make.

Part 2

From ABC

 

Job ready university degrees may not be the tertiary education solution we are hoping for

By Rosemary Barnes

In 2005 I graduated from university with a combined degree in engineering and arts, majoring in philosophy.

Now, with 15 years of experience as a professional engineer specialising in wind turbine technology, I can look back and compare the practicality and “job relevance” of my two tertiary qualifications.

My grade average was almost exactly the same in both courses, and while I would not say that one was easier than the other, they were certainly very different.

Engineering grades seemed to be almost directly related to the number of hours spent studying and doing assignments: 10 hours’ study might get you a pass, 20 a credit, 30 a distinction, for example.

Yes, there was some variation between courses depending on how naturally the content came to me. Distinctions in mechanics of materials took me less study time than in software engineering.

With arts subjects, however, there was no such relationship between hours spent and grade achieved.

Rather, how well I did in each course was dependent on having a good idea, and whether or not such an idea came to me seemed quite random. Without a good and original idea, it was nearly impossible to get better than a credit no matter how many hours I spent rewriting my essays.

There were other differences.

My arts degree focused on core theoretical concepts and skills and very little on the kind of specific tasks you might expect to perform in a job.

As an arts student, I gained critical thinking and logic skills, and practised applying them to a variety of issues until they were deeply embedded in the way I now interpret and interact with the world.

In engineering, the focus was partly on learning core concepts, like physics and maths, but with an important second focus on the idea of “job readiness”. I learnt actual tasks that we could be expected to use in a future job.

The interesting thing about the “job readiness” skills I learned at university is that these are the skills that quickly became outdated in technical professions such as engineering.

Fifteen years after graduation, the job-ready material that I learnt in my degree is no longer relevant.

… I believe another issue is crucial: industry doesn’t necessarily know what it needs, and especially what will be needed in the future.

Along with many other new graduates, I was criticised for my lack of job-readiness in my first few years at work.

Some of these criticisms were that my generation was not willing to do menial tasks, that I could not hand draft (even though that skill was not required), or that I didn’t know a specific CAD program used by my company (I learnt it in a week).

Adding more job readiness skills to university courses will reduce the amount of time that can be spent on the important theoretical building blocks, leading to perverse outcomes within a few years of graduates leaving university.

Their technical skills will become outdated very fast if they have focused on learning specific skills at the expense of a rigorous theoretical foundation.

The humble arts degree punches above its weight

So what about my arts degree?

By contrast, it has not dated much at all.

There have certainly been changes in the way topics like feminism and race are discussed. But the main skills you learn in a humanities degree are timeless: critical reading, critical thinking, communication of complex ideas, and most importantly (in my opinion) logical reasoning.

These skills have made me a far better engineer than I would have been without them, and I expect the same is true for most others with an arts degree, no matter which field they enter.

… It is not so easy to anticipate what is ahead of us. If students don’t get a strong education in theoretical basics they will not be as prepared to adapt to the future when it turns out to be different from what today’s politicians imagine it will be.

 

 


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