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Philosophy can often be obscure. But is that because it’s complex, or made so? Bernard Laguerre/Flickr

Philosophy versus science versus politics

We might hope that good arguments will eventually drive out bad arguments – in what Timothy Williamson calls “a reverse analogue of Gresham’s Law” – and we might want (almost?) complete freedom for ideas…
Outlaw poverty not prostitution photographer Steve Rhodes.

Amnesty International and the prostitution debate

Over the past month, there has been much debate about an ongoing process within Amnesty International to establish a new policy on prostitution. Amnesty’s processes On 11 August, 2015, the organization’s…
This Occupy Toronto sign sums up the sentiment, but people are also moving on from capitalism in practice by such means as digitally enabled collaboration and the sharing economy. flickr/Eric Parker

After capitalism, what comes next? For a start, ethics

While some find it hard to imagine life after capitalism, the digitally connected people of the world have begun embracing a new set of ethical concerns requiring new types of economies.
We have brutal sexual threats, made anonymously, against those who have “transgressed” a particular boundary. Sound familiar? Carole Raddato

Priapus is alive and well in cyberspace – the age-old art of trolling

Brutal sexual threats against perceived trespassers, made anonymously, with the expectation they will be seen as "humorous". Sound familiar? Modern-day trolls belong to a long, and troubling, lineage.
Gagging clauses in contracts permit purchasers of research to modify, substantially delay, or prohibit the reporting of findings. stallio/Flickr

Governments shouldn’t be able to censor research results they don’t like

Government departments often commission research to help them understand and respond to policy issues. But they impose contract conditions that threaten to undermine the integrity of the work.
Syphilis outbreaks tend to occur in marginalised populations where there is a lack of affordable, appropriate and culturally acceptable health care. yaruman5/Flickr

Northern Australia syphilis outbreak is about government neglect, not child abuse

The syphilis outbreak in Central Australia is not about child abuse. But it highlights the urgent need for investment in sexual health services for Aboriginal Australians living in remote areas.
Sophiline Cheam Shapiro (L) in rehearsal with one of the members of the Sophiline Arts Ensemble. Khmer Arts Theater, Takhmao (Kandal Province), Cambodia. June 26, 2015. Photo by Chris Philips

Re-enchanting the world with performing arts: stories from Cambodia

New stories can offer insight on alternative ways of living out our lives. As the experience in Cambodia shows, the performing arts can help us face up to enormous challenges and possibilities.
Allegory of War s Jan Brueghel the Younger.

Life during the culture wars

Our political Manichaeism Throughout his recent book Moral Tribes (2013), American psychologist and experimental philosopher Joshua Greene portrays a cultural and political tribalism that divides modern…
Food can prompt behaviours and brain responses similar to those seen in more traditional forms of addiction. Justin McGregor/Shutterstock

Explainer: can you be addicted to food?

Are you a "carb craver" or "chocaholic"? We often use language associated with addiction to describe our relationships with food. But is it really possible to be addicted to certain types of food?

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