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Subtropical beech forest, northern NSW © Paul Curtis
The hero of this story is a tree or rather a species of tree
By Amanda Lohrey
By the time their sentence ends, many inmates will have rarely made a decision for themselves © Peter Brennan / Newpsix
The release plan
By Kate Rossmanith
By Karen Hitchcock
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Mental disorders are messy amalgams of biology, psychology and culture / ‘The Extraction of the Stone of Madness’ (c.1494), Hieronymus Bosch
Modern madness
By Nick Haslam
Speaking at the annual Castan Centre Conference, Iarla Flynn (Google Aus/NZ) speaks about the pressures imposed by governments on internet freedom and the ways and means Google and...
If the internet was cut off tomorrow, would you be happy? Dave Graney would be. Appearing onstage at the Wheeler Centre's Lunchbox/Soapbox, the flamboyant stalwart of the...
From climate change to the classification of illegal drugs the extent to which scientific opinion should prevail over other voices in determining public policy is hotly contested....
Part 1 | Part 2In this lecture for the Key Thinkers seminar series at the University of Melbourne, Professor of Philosophy Raimond Gaita turns to the ideas of Plato and in...
Part 1 | Part 2In this lecture for the Key Thinkers seminar series at the University of Melbourne, Professor of Philosophy Raimond Gaita turns to the ideas of Plato and in...
Part 1 | Part 2 In his contribution to the Key Thinkers seminar series at the University of Melbourne, Professor Ian Enting (Mathematics and Statistics) talks about the contested...
Part 1 | Part 2 Whether you agree with him or not, Karl Marx has had an enduring impact on modern intellectual and political life. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the collapse...
Part 1 | Part 2 Presenting the conclusions of his book Trick or Treatment? (co-authored with the world’s first professor of complementary medicine Professor Edzard Ernst), UK...
Part 1 | Part 2In his contribution to the Key Thinkers seminar series at the University of Melbourne, Professor Ian Enting (Mathematics and Statistics) talks about the contested...
In the first of the Wednesday Lectures, hosted by Raimond Gaita at the Melbourne Law School, Guy Rundle speaks about the global impact of WikiLeaks. Two decades after the Berlin...
Philosopher Colin Allen speaks about the research he's been undertaking on morality in the field of robotics. The most contentious ethical issue of robot-making has always...
Part 1 | Part 2Speaking at the University of Sydney, scientist, engineer and entrepeneur Saul Griffith lays out the energy requirements of a single person in a developed country -...

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