Purser Explores The World

Purser Explores The World is a journey of discovery fueled entirely by my curiosity.

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The ausvotes2013.com site is a political blog with a difference. Rather than being blatantly partisan or featuring the usual suspects it provides an opportunity for new writers and voices from all sides of the political spectrum to discuss, debate and explore the issues in the upcoming election.

This episode is a bit of an experiment, it's the largest "round table" discussion I've ever conducted with not two or three, but five of the writers from AusVotes sitting down and discussing why they write for the site and what they hope to get from it.

Show Notes:

For the notes this episode I'm going to link to each of the people on the round table, their blogs and twitter accounts.

Paula Matthewson

Blog: http://dragonistasblog.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Drag0nista

Andrew Tiedt

Blog: http://mrtiedt.blogspot.com.au/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/mrtiedt

Ed Butler

Blog: http://shoutingatthevoid.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fakeedbutler

El Gibb

Blog: http://bluntshovels.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bluntshovels

Damian Walker

Blog: http://theunderwhelmingblog.blogspot.com.au/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DamienCWalker

Dr Mel Thomson and Dr Michelle Harvey are a Microbiologist and Forensic Entymologist who have combined their powers to launch a new research project into how effective maggots are in debriding the wounds caused by a particularly nasty bacteria called M.Ulcerans.

This in itself is cool, however what makes it extra cool is the fact that they're reaching out to the community both to help fund their project (they're crowdfunding it) and build a level of public engagement from the start.

Show Notes:

Mighty Maggots Pozible page: http://www.pozible.com/mightymaggots (goes live 8th May)

Mighty Maggots Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Maggots-at-Deakin/129319170596521?ref=ts&fref=ts

MIghty Maggots twitter: https://twitter.com/mightymaggots

Flesh Nom Bug twitter: https://twitter.com/fleshnombug

I'll be honest, I'm not a great fan of economic theory. The world of the international currency exchange leaves me cold. However, the explosion of the cryptographic digital currency Bitcoin has caught not only my eye but that of the rest of the world. I thought I would turn to a couple of experts to find out a bit more about the great BTC. Aimee Maree is an Open Source Architect and world citizen who's been involved with Bitcoin since 2010, while Richard Chirgwin is a science and technology journalist who's been reporting on Bitcoin for just as long.

Show Notes

Aimee has helpfully provided a few links to help explain everything from Bitcoin to why the current situation in Europe could be fueling the current value jump for Bitcoin.



MtGox: Worlds largest Bitcoin exchange mentioned in the show - https://mtgox.com/

The right to silence is one of the most basic rights a person has under the various justice systems that operate in Australia. The central premise is that the state is not allowed to force someone to incriminate themselves, because frankly, that sort of thing tends to lead to false confessions and the jailing of innocent people.

Unfortunately, this right is not something ensured by the constitution. Instead it's what's known as a common law right, something backed by precedent and case law, but vulnerable to legislative change. In NSW last week we saw exactly that.

In this episode of Purser Explores The World, I speak with criminal lawyer Andrew Tiedt about the changes passed last week and how they introduce new limits to your right to silence.

Show Notes

Evidence Amendment (Evidence of Silence) Bill 2013: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/bills/docref/ca44aa57-8cc1-449d-8c8a-eaa630c0cc45

Andrew Tiedts blog: http://mrtiedt.blogspot.com.au/

The Silent Menace: http://mrtiedt.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/the-silent-menace.html

An Opportunity to Improve: http://mrtiedt.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/an-opportunity-to-improve.html

Something Wonky Episode: http://somethingwonky.com/podcast/2013/3/21/37-prime-minister-ferguson.html

I've said it before and I'll say it again. We are living in the future. We're living at a time when the first true cybernetics are being developed, when people can realistically say that they have a bio lab in their garage. We're standing on the edge of a change, something that could transform humanity like nothing that has come before.

Some people call this the Singularity. The point at which everything merges together and we have no idea what's going to come out the other side.

Adam Ford is a man who has been pondering the singularity for a while. He is going to lead us through, what the Singularity is, what Transhumanism actually means and what we might expect down the track.

Show notes:

In the show Adam mentions the Future Day event. At the time of recording there were tickets available. To find out out more about Future Day go to the website:


As well as Future Day, Adam is involved with Humanity plus:


And has his own youtube channel, where he videoblogs and posts interviews with others in the transhumanism community: