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Cognitive Dissonance: The Mind’s Manoeuvre from Uncomfortable Truths

We’ve all experienced it! The mental conflict that comes when new information threatens your beliefs, assumptions or actions.

Professor Daniel Meegan of Guelph University, Ontario, Canada, explains the defensive mind manoeuvres that we’re likely to make when such mental conflicts occur. In our present age of troubling uncertainties and existential crises, cognitive dissonance is also common among politicians.

Is it necessary for our sanity, or a potentially dangerous cop-out? Professor Meegan takes an unblinkered look at how we phase out unwelcome information.

    German and US Conservatives have Little In Common

    While across the US the German election has been depicted in the mainstream media as a defeat for the ruling Conservative (Christian Democrat) Party, the reality of conservatism in Germany — and most of Europe — is that it bears little resemblence to what it means to Americans.

    The Privatisation of Nature

    Wall Street has created a class of stocks aimed at controlling the earth’s natural resources — water, wildlife, forests, minerals and farmland. William T. Hathaway explains.



      The chasm between your icons and what you probably don’t know about them

      Gardens and Politics

      What your garden reveals …

        Australia Goes Nuclear

        Dr Tilman Ruff

        Australia is shelling out a staggering $268 billion - $368 billion (expect the larger figure) on a nuclear powered submarine fleet, capable of easy conversion to nuclear arms.

        Experts like Dr Tilman Ruff insist that it will inevitably threaten rather than enhance Pacific security.

        He’s at the forefront of two Nobel Peace Prize winning organisations, and raises in this podcast alarming aspects of the US-Australia deal that haven’t appeared in the mainstream press — least of all in Australia.

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          The Secrets of National Songs

          Professor Erik Levi

          All you need to know about the making and meaning of national songs! Erik Levi, Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, talks about the musical devices that stir emotions in patriotic songs and takes a critical look at some interesting examples.

            The Population Bomb … And Much Else

            Paul Ehrlich

            The Population Bomb was a bombshell best-seller when it was unleashed in 1968. Author Paul Ehrlich, a renowned biologist, warned of the consequences of unchecked population growth and introduced the term Zero Population Growth (ZPG).

            The population then was less than half of today’s figure, yet the issue is barely mentioned now in the media and public discourse. Despite our greater awareness of climate change, peak oil and other related hazards, why did population slip off the radar?

              Lenin and The Ukraine

              Vladimir Lenin’s view on THE UKRAINE was vastly different from Vladimir Putin’s!

              What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

              Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change — and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of the problem, and what they knew about it …