D A B S O F
Dave Robinson, Clifton Beach, Queensland
TRAVEL & PLACES:
Rest of world
RELIGION, POLITICS & SOCIAL COMMENT
BOARDS - “RICK”
ABOUT THE WRITER
and his interests
Hello, and a warm welcome to the tangled trails of Dabs of Grue
“Grue” is a very strange colour-word, coined in 1955 by the philosopher Nelson Goodman. Essentially, an object may be called "grue" if it looks green up to some future point in time, or if it looks blue after that time.
Goodman invented grue in an attempt to re-define the alleged "problem of inductive thinking", but in these webpages grue is symbolic of optimism – in particular, the hope that if we act greenly today, the skies will still look blue tomorrow.
But acting greenly entails much more than applying band-aid measures to limit global warming and environmental degradation! It demands a serious reality check and radical changes in outlook by all of humanity. The number one priority is now, and has been for at least a century, to slam the brakes on world population growth. Procreation ad libitum is no longer a natural right nor an unpreventable occupation of the hapless.
Grue also relates to the colours of the Far North Queensland coast (my favourite place and domicile until late 2012), where the deep green rainforest meets the azure sea, alongside the Great Barrier Reef, and where the air shimmers with the brilliant emerald and turquoise flashes of our two famous butterflies, the Cairns Birdwing and the Ulysses. Likewise it is the colour of my most treasured childhood memories, the lush green fields and woodland and (sometimes!) blue skies draping the Torridge valley near Dolton, in the heart of North Devon, UK.
Again, while I normally steer clear of all things political, believing that most politics is way off track, given the condition of Australian politics at the present time I suppose greenish blue represents my leanings quite well, though deep purple (with exasperation) would be closer to the mark. How is it possible that Australia is still divided into States, that huge multinational corporations get away with paying so little tax in Australia, that we persist with such a grossly wasteful healthcare system, that we have failed to curb the flow of immigrants.....?
Finally, in sharp contrast to these colour-crazy sentiments, "grue" is an abbreviation for "grudges and gripes", of which these pages contain a liberal sprinkling, aimed at no-one in particular. My remarks are often highly critical, if not derisive - as one of my chief aims is to attack (what I consider to be) outright absurdities, inconsistencies and barbarity in popular thinking and behaviour. "Australian values" is a phrase we are proud to kick around, yet ethically speaking we are still living in the stone age. While I am not easily enraged, three topics that do frequently raise my hackles are religion, prolificacy and criminal law (for many others see "Antirests" in About the Writer...).
The purpose of this page is to serve as a launching pad for future articles and links, mainly on various philosophical topics, travel, music, social issues and the promotion of a rationalist "open society" ethics (see Humanism). Although this website has been around for many years, in some form or other, so far it hasn't kept up very well with these intentions. As old age creeps in, I doubt whether much else will be added.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Knowledge has no end, they say, but there comes a time in life when the ability to acquire new information slows down and you feel a need – even a duty – to consolidate your thoughts and let others know a little of what you’ve learnt. These pages – dabs, splashes, splurges and patterns of grue, in a wide range of styles – are supposed to contribute in some small way towards that end. I hope you'll find a few dabs to tickle your brain cells.