Graham is a raspberry farmer in the southern part of the Land of the Two Headed People (Tasmania).
He is a believer in objective science and supports the concept that Reason is man’s only legitimate means of knowledge. He believes that Faith is the enemy of Reason and that the respect for Individual Rights – as opposed to Collective Rights – is the only way that the human race can flourish.
Graham’s major ticket items on his wish list are:
- That all Dictatorships be abolished and,
- That the initiation of force be banned from human relationships.
Graham thinks he is lucky to be married to the adorable Jane, and is eternally grateful that their son, Callum, gets his brains from his mother. He loves watching almost all forms of top level sport but is particularly ordinary himself.
Graham is a sometime professional sportsman with interests and high achievements in badminton, cricket, golf and real tennis. (Note: he has been forced to admit this by the committee on pain of scragging.) He reckons that the love of and support for critical thinking is his main interest.
George is an ex Queenslander and was born in Longreach in 1940 and spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Bundaberg being educated at the local State Primary, Intermediate and High schools. He studied Medicine at the University of Qld from 1959 to 1964.
His association with Tassie began in 1965 when he took a position as a Junior Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Here he was lucky to work with some great mentors who awakened and encouraged my latent scepticism.
His father was a school teacher who is really the person who sowed the seeds of critical thinking in his brain. He had studied philosophy as part of his external BA degree course and amongst many things he taught his children to remember a shortened version of Nietzche's writing on tolerance-" This is my way, what is your way, the way doesn't exist".
There were many other pearls cast towards them and and on reflection this was the beginning of his personal scepticism.
On the night of his graduation ceremony George passed his degree certificate to his father for safe keeping prior to his departure to a very long graduation party - he said to George "Congratulations, but remember this bit of paper won"t be much use to you if you fail to use and to continue to develop your common sense". Always the school teacher!
George's mates were astounded! After a great year at the Royal he left for a five year stint with the Dept of Public Health in the then Territory of Papua New Guinea and worked in various locations. This was a formative time for George. As a result of this time he has always believed that if all young people had the opportunity to have a transcultural experience in thier formative years then world harmony would advance.
To practise medicine in New Guinea really made George question whether some western medical and social practices and principles were actually really valid.
After 1970 he has always worked in General Practice firstly in in Huonville, then with his family, he moved to the Gold Coast for six years and finally in I977 he returned to Tassie with his young family and started my solo General Practice in Geeveston.
George describes myself as a "Refugee from the Gold Coast" The last 30 years of his working life were in that location. He joined Australian Skeptics in the early 1980's after reading in the newspaper that Philip Adams, Dick Smith and others had formed the organisation. He wrote a letter "I am not too sure about you lot but would like to join AS" and he has been a member ever since.
George's motivation for becoming involved in AS was to learn more about the developing field of paranormal medicine-known usally as alternative medicine. It seemed to him that some of the disciplines that were striving to attain a legitiimate place along side convential medicine bore a striking resemblance to the witch doctors of Papua New Guinea.
George's other interests are in Geology and Astromomy and Sociology - i.e. all the atomic and molecular arrangements configurations and interactions that he can observe outside of his own self.
After 40 odd years of medicine he retired permanently in November 2007.
You should be aware he is a casual skeptic, atheist, cynic and retiree and that he attended the last AGM of Australian Skeptics in Tasmania, fell for the manoeuvre of himself standing still whilst everyone else stepped back when committee nominations were called. He won't get caught a second time.
You will notice that no photograph accompanies this CV. Though he considers himself a completely rational human being he long ago ceased to believe in and to associate with cameras, scales,mirrors and fashion. George is really not interested in how the outside world views his clothed unique molecular conglomeration- that is for others to worry about.