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Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is famous for having been called wise in part because he wouldn’t label himself wise. Shutterstock

What is wisdom, and is it unwise to pursue it?

It is a tall order to try to become wise. And the bad news is that it appears harder than many philosophers have thought.
One of Hermann Nitsch’s previous works, the Orgies Mysteries Theatre in Italy, 2015. AAP/Antonio Melita

Dark Mofo’s slaughtered bull and the ethics of using animals in art

There is a history of mistreatment of animals in the name of art. But isn’t it about time artists made their point about human domination without themselves asserting dominance over beasts?
The best scientists, such as Marie and Pierre Curie, are committed to the experimental method. Wikimedia

How we edit science part 5: so what is science?

The final post in this series on how to understand and report science steps back to look at what science is, and what it isn't.
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Eight podcasts to get between your ears this year

The Conversation asked eight authors from across its sections to tell us about their favourite podcasts – and why you should tune in.
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To what extent are you truly free?

Self-determination, freedom of thought, choice of risk arguably have freed society, but then there's inequality, ill-health and narcissism.

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