Justice Michael Kirby gave one of his final speeches as a Justice of the Australian High Court before he retires next year.
In Origin of Species, Darwin draws on inductive and deductive methods in order to justify his theories on natural selection. As part of his inductive method, Darwin draws on observations of particular species as evidence for a greater phenomenon. For example, Darwin uses evidence of bird breeders through a number of generations selecting males of the species with finer plumage having a marked effect on the species, that females in nature selecting males with melodious calls and beauty would also have a marked effect on the species (1968 p137).
“Learning about criminal justice from the media is analogous
to learning geology from volcanic eruptions” (Surette 1998 p80)
Just as observing the loud and chaotic explosion of lava from a volcano does little to explain plate tectonics theory, attempting to understand crime and the criminal justice system from the media provides only a sensationalised and partial image of the phenomena, lacking the depth and theory required to truly understand factors leading to crime. What Surette is attempting to get across is that much of what is presented to us by the media regarding the criminal justice system is a simplified and sensationalised version of the truth.
We walk the pavement
A little briskly.
You make small talkAs I look into the distance.
Its not awkward
I'm just quiet
And the moment passes.
I wish I had said more.
Shown some interest,
Not been my usual aloof self.