This website provides links to writings by Dr Gideon Polya, a Melbourne-based scientist, writer, artist and humanitarian activist for Humanity and the Biosphere.
Dr Gideon Polya (BSc Hons, University of Tasmania, 1966; PhD, Flinders University of
South Australia, 1969; post-doc, Plant Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia ) taught science students at La Trobe University for 4 decades (Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, La Trobe
He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career in biochemistry,
most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets
of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London
, 2003). He has published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”
(G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/
); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass
mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams,
ABC Books, Sydney, 2007: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/ockhamsrazor/australian-complicity-in-iraq-mass-mortality/3369002#transcript) and “Ongoing Palestinian
Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave
Macmillan, London, 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html
). He has published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book
“Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/
) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price
increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in
British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World
War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics
Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/social-economic-history/listen-the-bengal-famine
). When words fail one can say it in pictures - for images of Gideon Polya's
huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/
I am impelled by the fundamental position that decent people are obliged to speak out for Humanity and the Biosphere, whether at the level of individuals or specific species and ecosystems or at the global level in relation to avoidable deaths (avoidable mortality, excess deaths, excess mortality, premature deaths, deaths that should not have happened) from violence or violently-imposed deprivation, or man-made climate change and worsening climate genocide.
Rational risk management, that is crucial for societal safety, successively involves (a) accurate data, (b) scientific analysis, this involving the critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses, and (c) informed systemic change to minimize risk.
this rational risk management protocol
is typically perverted at the individual, family or local level, or at
the level of the family of nations by (a) lying, self-deception, spin, obfuscation,
intimidation and censorship, (b) anti-science spin, this involving the selective
use of asserted facts to support a partisan position, and (c) blame and shame
that is counterproductive because it
blocks reportage crucial for rational risk management and in the worst cases leads
Polya's 3 Laws of Economics mirror the 3 Laws of Therrnodynamics of science and are (1) Price minus COP (Cost of Production) equals profit; (2) Deception about COP strives to a maximum; and (3) No work, price or profit on a dead planet. These fundamental laws help expose the failure of neoliberal capitalism in relation to wealth inequality, massive tax evasion by multinational corporations, and horrendous avoidable deaths from poverty and pollution culminating in general ecocide, speciescide, climate genocide, omnicide and terracide. Polya’s Second Law of Economics explains why we are doomed by neoliberal economics – deceit, lying by omission, lying by commission, and disinformation subvert rational risk management but are remorselessly increasing (see Gideon Polya. “Polya's 3 Laws Of Economics Expose Deadly, Dishonest And Terminal Neoliberal Capitalism”, Countercurrents, 17 October, 2015: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya171015.htm ).
Failure to speak out permits harm. Thus, as attributed to Edmund Burke, “Evil happens when good men do nothing” and, as attributed in various forms to George Santayana, “History ignored yields history repeated”. The worst evils are irreversible acts such as war (with consequent avoidable mass death from violence or from war-imposed deprivation) or ecocide and speciescide (we must not destroy what we cannot replace).
is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity. As that wonderful Palestinian humanitarian
Jesus stated in the parable of the Good
Samaritan, “We cannot walk by on the other side”.