Watch this short introduction to Peter Singer’s new book, The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically.
Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, and Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher, he presents a challenging new movement in the search for an ethical life, one that has emerged from his own work on some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Effective altruism involves doing the most good possible. It requires a rigorously unsentimental view of charitable giving, urging that a substantial proportion of our money or time should be donated to the organisations that will do the most good with those resources, rather than to those that tug the heartstrings.
Tasmania’s renaissance continues in 2015, with Lonely Planet listing it in their top ten regions of the world to visit this year, the rugged and dramatic south-west coast among its most valued attractions. And yet the conflict over environmental protection and economic development remains a constant challenge for the island state.
Deny King forged a life in this remote landscape and, in his unassuming way, brought it to the attention of the world. A painter, tin miner, collector and environmentalist he worked tirelessly to gain recognition for its conservation and saw the area around Melaleuca successfully declared a World Heritage site. He identified several new species of plant, and established a recovery program for the endangered orange-bellied parrot. In later life Deny became a much-admired wildlife painter.
King of the Wilderness: The Life of Deny King brings to life one of the great characters of the Australian bush, a man walkers would trek for days to visit, who was as famous for his ability to forecast the weather as he was for his knowledge of birds and animals.
Catherine Chanter’s novel The Well is a dark and haunting story set in Britain, where it hasn’t rained for three years—except at The Well, an idyllic rural property. And as the world turns envious and suspicious this lush paradise becomes the scene of a dreadful crime.
Catherine answered a few questions about her remarkable debut.
What was the biggest inspiration for the book? There are several themes at work—environmental degradation, media responsibility, personal relationships, madness, trust, ownership of land, responsibility to family and others, religious extremism. Was any of these the driving force behind the story, or the germ from which the story came?
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King of the Wilderness: The Life of Deny King by Christobel Mattingley
Celebrate one of Tasmania—and Australia's—favourite bush men: Deny King—painter, tin miner, collector and environmentalist.
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