The nice people at a travel agency are letting us use their computers and internet for free, and it's lightning fast. It's brisk and sunny , and we are comfortable with in our layers of light clothing. This is an amazing international city, at least in the city center, but I don't have to stretch my imagination very far to believe that it is surrounded by non-diverse suburbs. Needs research, of course, but its a good guess. Very pretty, open feeling town with lots of space and fast moving people.
The passage from Sydney to Melbourne was rough, and we are still rocking back and forth, even though we are on solid ground. The boat was so big that we had no problems, just reeled around like drunken sailors, which was kind of fun.
We have been enjoying the Scientific American lecturers. One of them is a social psychologist and the other a plant biologist. It may seem odd to consider social psychology to be a science, but scientists are under attack now from conservatives and really haven't known how to deal with the hostility in certain quarters toward science, especially in the field of evolution. They need some people skills beyond telling people how stupid they are to believe in creationism.
The presenter, whom I might name later when I have time to do a little research, lectured on self-esteem and posed the question, "Is high self esteem necessary?" This seems like an indirect way to get at the matter of the attacks on science, but I note among scientists a certain defensiveness about science and really bewilderment as to why any sensible person could dispute its importance. This, of course, effects their self esteem! We in the humanities, of course, are quite accustomed to having people tell us how irrelevant our discipline is.
We are headed out now. Terry is copying over pix and I will post some later, but now we want to head out and do some exploration.
Aloha for now.