Cicero defined ‘liberal arts’ in a book he wrote about rhetoric in a republic.
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When people hear the term ‘liberal arts,’ it may sound like a phrase with political overtones. A scholar of literature explains why that’s wrong and takes a closer look at its origin and meaning.
A counter-protester at a Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney.
‘Reverse racism’ focuses on prejudiced attitudes towards a certain (racialised) group, or unequal personal treatment. But it ignores one of racism’s central markers: power.
Cancer vaccines are an emerging personalised treatment for cancer. Using the same mRNA technology as COVID vaccines, they stimulate the immune system to destroy cancer cells.
Zhuangzi (c.369-286 BCE).
Zhuangzi was the gadfly of ancient Chinese philosophy. His paradoxical writings encourage a stance of therapeutic scepticism towards the world.
Writing from lived experience often has legitimacy, but autofiction has fictional elements that trouble the autobiographical pact.
Pentecostal televangelist Paula White, center, prays before giving a sermon in Maryland in 2017.
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Pentecostals agree on the importance of the Holy Spirit – but not necessarily on what it empowers them to do.
People often (wrongly) believe income protection insurance would be paid out if the person was unable to work due to losing their job for any reason.
Will the midterm elections help gauge support for Christian nationalist ideas?
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Christian nationalist ideas are about more than simply being religious and patriotic. They form a worldview about how the nation should be structured and who belongs there.
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Judith Butler’s work has been enormously influential and, at times, controversial, but it is grounded in a commitment to justice and equality.
A museum specimen of the extinct northern pig-footed bandicoot.
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38 mammals have been driven to extinction since colonisation, and many more are close to joining them. We have the solutions at hand, but warnings continue to be met with mediocre responses.
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“Toxic masculinity” has been used to explain everything from the election of Donald Trump to why Ross from Friends is awful. But what does it actually mean?
A number of factors have contributed to the recent rise in inflation, including supply chain disruptions, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and labour shortages.
An economist provides insight into how inflation is measured, where it comes from and how it is impacting Canadians and the economy at large.
We often talk about ‘emotional labour’ as performed by those who take on the emotional workload within families or relationships. But the term has a specific meaning – and that’s not what it is.
Reaching Up by David McCracken.
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Ludwig Wittgenstein’s brilliant early work has had a lasting influence on philosophy, though almost no one has agreed with his conclusions – not even Wittgenstein himself.
What is the electricity grid and how does it work? How are energy supply and prices determined? An expert breaks down a few of the terms and ideas underpinning Australia’s energy crisis.
Far from a mild disease, the flu can cause serious illness and death, particularly among children and older age groups. The flu vaccine isn’t perfect, but it’s the best way to protect yourself.
QR codes are visual patterns that store data smartphones can read.
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Here’s what happens when you scan one of those ubiquitous two-dimensional black-and-white patterns.
Thich Nhat Hanh leads a walking meditation in Paris.
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The late Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh popularized the contemplative practice around the world.
As a GP, bad headaches are among the most common topics I’m asked about. Here’s how you can assess whether to stay home, see a doctor — or head straight to emergency.
With a beam of light, an otoscope allows a clinician to examine the ear canal and eardrum.
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With mask-wearing and kids out of school last winter, viral upper respiratory infections decreased. However, clinicians have seen a return of respiratory viruses this summer and ear infections are up too.