Markus Pfister became politicised by living in a communist dictatorship. He became interested in the Enlightenment – a subject brushed over in history at school – and the question of how to preserve and advance the liberal state. At the same time, Markus became alarmed at the direction (or lack thereof) in politics in Australia. Markus believes that knowledge is power and that Australia, as a small kid in the playground, cannot rely on sheer brawn to survive. This means that focusing on brains is the key to our future. Markus believes that Australia needs science, and that it needs to use science as a tool to determine policy.
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