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Supporters of Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. Jose Luis Magana/AP

Uncivil wars? Political lies are far more dangerous than Twitter pile-ons

Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens’ claim that contempt is the source of contemporary political problems looks weak and obtuse in the face of what is actually happening in America now
Research has found that the marriage equality debate had a significant impact on the mental health of some same-sex-attracted Australians. AAP/Danny Casey

New research reveals how the marriage equality debate damaged LGBT Australians’ mental health

The findings confirm that debate on issues related to minority groups’ lives and well-being can significantly affect their mental health.
A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’. shutterstock

Book review: The Death of Expertise

Tom Nichols’ book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.

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