Western thinkers have long valued time alone as a form of inner rejuvenation. Here, then, are four benefits to solitude.
Hommage to Samuel Paty: “Thank you Mr. Paty to have taught us history and freedom of expression.”
The horrific death of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, highlights the importance of the work of educators who are, more than ever, on the front lines of the fight for freedom of expression.
Is everything predetermined, or is it all random? Or is there something in between that we call free will that defies our attempts to explain it?
The late education philosopher Paulo Freire would have argued that online schooling further entitles those in positions of power.
The education philosopher Paulo Freire would have denounced the pandemic-fueled proliferation of online schooling as an affront to democracy and a further entitlement for those in positions of power.
Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who passed away on September 30, also known as “Quino” poses with his comic strip character Mafalda.
Through his work, the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, known to all as Quino, engaged in pointed social critique on a range of topics that are even more relevant today.
A miniature of Avicenna.
An 11th-century Persian philosopher, physician, pharmacologist, scientist and poet had a profound influence on both European thought and the Islamic world.
Philosopher Nick Bostrom's theory suggests there's a one-in-three probability we live in a simulation.
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Hope may be a better option.
Becoming aware of your own mortality can be a liberating and awakening experience.
Envy is one of the seven deadly sins – the worst of them all, according to the ‘Canterbury Tales.’
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We're supposed to suppress feelings of envy. But what if the kind spurred by school shutdowns, frontline work and cramped apartments are worth exploring – and acting upon?
An examination of academic publications since 1980 suggests the status of 'cultural Marxism' has been greatly exaggerated.
A near empty Melbourne street.
One of the hard things about life during a pandemic is the all encompassing lack of certainty. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard can help us make our peace with this situation.
There’s a faster way to complete vaccine trials, but is it ethical?
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Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.
A new twist on an old experiment reveals several common-sense ideas about reality can't all be true.
‘God, I’m just so bored.’
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Over two centuries. the notion of boredom has shifted from an upper-class malady, through existential peril, to a functional emotion.
The problem with hypocrisy is that it shatters truth. If we believe in a principle, but don’t apply it ourselves, that principle is essentially meaningless.
Melbourne’s State Library under lockdown. The wisdom of Seneca can help us through this difficult time.
The Roman Stoic Seneca is the author of many letters and dialogues that can help us overcome adversity.
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Machine logic can be too precise to seem fully human. Chatbots that learn logic from Aristotle instead might behave more like people.
Playing Red Dead Redemption 2 during a pandemic is a surprisingly moving experience. The game is a haunting meditation on time, death, and the persistence of the past.
Optimism can become a force for social change – here's how.