Monday, June 30, 2008

Link Love: Ionian Enchantment


Ionian Enchantment is a blog dedicated to skepticism, cognitive science, atheism and evolutionary psychology run by Michael Meadon, an MSc student at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN). I am reciprocating some link love that Michael sent my way at the beginning of the month, not out of a sense of obligation, but because I check I.E. almost every day and it is really one of the best SA blogs around - period.

Why, you may ask, does Quid Pro Quo care so much about issues of the brain, divinity and the origin of the species? Well, that’s because your brain matter matters, especially when it comes to politics. Also, the quest for truth and a rational engagement with the world free of superstition and dogma are themes that permeate Ionian Enchantment – and it is essential reading for those seeking a better understanding of what motivates human behaviour. Hence Q.P.Q.'s love of I.E.

In addition, Mr. Meadon is the holder of a BSocSci (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Cape Town, making him a fellow alumnus of my department. Although he is a bit too disparaging of the shortcomings of the soft sciences for my liking, this blogger knows a thing or two about international relations and systems of government, not just random trivia about monkeys. Mike is also a thorough internet researcher and his blog is a great resource to link to other interesting sites and blogs on a range of issues.

Below I have put together a series of links to I.E.’s most relevant politics labels and posts.

The label 'Political science' includes a great op-ed on South Africa's acquiescence to the military junta in Burma and their refusal to support UN-led sanctions on that country.

Label: 'Politics and the brain'

Post: 'Freedom to Blog'

Post: 'Xenophobia and dormitive virtues'

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