People who have had a major positive influence on my life - see also people who have had a major negative influence and people I have met or have known (coming soon)
Alice Miller - For Your Own Good The Roots of Violence in Child-rearing. Virago Press 1980. Alice Miller
Robert Sapolsky - Biology Neuroscience Robert Sapolsky
Steven Porges - The PolyVagal Theory - a new approach to Trauma Stephen Porges
Gabor Mate on addiction Gabor Mate
Benjamin Abelow - Corporal Punishment and ChristianityBenjamin Abelow
Steven Pinker Psychology Steven Pinker
Daniel Mackler Daniel Mackler
Dr Julian Lim Dr Julian Lim
Kate Chard - Categories and development of the child - associate professor in UK’s educational and counseling psychology department since 1996. Kate Chard
Carl Sagan - Astronomer. Carl Sagan
Neil deGrasse Tyson - Astrophysicist. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dr Iain Stewart - Geologist. Dr Iain Stewart
Professor Alice Roberts - Anatomist, author and broadcaster. Professor Alice Robertsn
Patrick Smith - Counsellor.
John Brown - Abolitionist. John Brown Abolitionist
Lancelot "Capability" Brown - Landscape Architect. Lancelot "Capability" Brownn
Alfred Russel Wallace Alfred Russel Wallace
Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
Sam Harris Sam Harris
Richard Feynman Richard Feynman
David Attenboroughn David Attenborough
David Brin Earth
Brian Cox physicistBrian Cox
Herbert Henry Kemp Yea Died 1962
Angela Lockhart CASA Ballarat
Tony and Marion Hutton Yea
Laurence Castle Yea
George Tull Yea
The Big Wheel - Greyhound Melbourne
My mother Kathleen Rose Brown (Mackin) September 1 - Spring
My brother Anthony
My child for his erudite and sage advice, his ability to obtain independent opinion, advice and discussion in particular when I have an emotional connection.
Ben Zeller - Thank you Ben for being the person you were. I will remember our conversations and your wishes and wants for those you loved and cared for and for the world in which you hoped we could all live in equally. You have been one remarkable person in my life and I am grateful for having known you. I am grateful than you found it OK to communicate openly and freely with me - that has been an honor that still cherish. I honor your existence and what you did achieve through remembering your wants for our humanity and what we found important in life through our conversations and as the caring person that I found in you. Everyone deserves to know one person in their lifetime who speaks with the truth of what has been real for them and you Ben did that often with me. Thank you for being you and thank you for being the best friend in the world for my son. I thank you again here as I have thanked you personally for not allowing the taint of my childhood experiences and its echoes through our lives from falsely colouring or tainting our relationship.
JohnB June 17 2017.
Alice Brown (for being the mother of my child )
The most important words I have ever spoken; these were to my son a few minutes after his birth "Between you and I always the truth".
Signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December 1948 and the role Australia played in that. My Grandfather was active in the Community with regard to the input Australia had on the declaration.
The public hatred and vilification of Lindy Chamberlain
The level of racism in Australia and the widespread lack of knowledge about Australia's first people.
The White Australia Policy
The ability for a policeman or policewoman to be comprehensively compromised and diverted from their sworn duty at the merest mention of punishment by members of the religion they belong to.
The over-riding of the Human Rights of the Child to reach adulthood in state where they can freely without fear of retribution choose a religion to follow if they wish to do so. Their right to this is stripped from them at the moment that they are introduced to the Biblical God or its counterpart of the Devil.
The lack of acknowledgement in government and community that indoctrination when carried out against children is child abuse.
The ability for people today to cling to absurdities that have no basis in fact. Today and child of 8 or 9 years could write a more just and more moral religious book than the Bible. It astounds me further that those who claim to be Catholic fail to acknowledge that according to Catholic doctrine today the Catholic Church holds with both the Old ad the New Testament as well as the Apocrypha Bible. Most would be reviled at the prospect yet they are bonded through trauma to see themselves as something that in really revolts them to the core. Only fear and trauma can cause such a toxic situation. This information is freely available for any to find on the Vatican web site.
TFYQA Think for Yourself - Question Authority
REGGY Random Gift Giving
When what you say is in harmony with what you mean and what you do.