• Why do people risk their lives for the perfect selfie?

    Michael Weigold     |      May 12, 2018

    Self portraits have always been a powerful form of artistic expression but why do some people feel so compelled to snap the perfect selfie that they’d risk their life, or the lives of others?

  • Why the lost girls of ‘Hanging Rock’ still haunt us

    Diana Sanders     |      May 7, 2018

    As the new TV adaption of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ premieres, the story still draws us in with enduring themes of female empowerment, lost children and the deep mystery of Australia’s brutal landscape.

  • The beauty of a both/and mind

    Michael Edwards     |      May 2, 2018

    How can we find our way out of the impasse that stymies action on the really big issues of the day? Cultivating a ‘positive sum’ mind may be the key to more imaginative and inclusive thinking.

  • ‘Anna Karenina’ and modern marriage

    Richard Gunderman     |      April 30, 2018

    Each character approaches marriage with a different set of expectations in Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’ and many succumb to disappointment. As the Royal Wedding approaches, what can one of the world’s greatest novels teach us about marriage today?

  • A locked closet – LGTBI rights around the world

    Dennis Altman     |      April 29, 2018

    In the euphoria that greeted the legalisation of same sex marriage in Australia last year, it was easy to forget that for most gay people in the world it remains an unobtainable dream.

  • Beyond ANZAC: What really shaped our nation?

    Marilyn Lake     |      April 25, 2018

    Australia’s reputation as one of the first progressive democracies in the world may have been forged peacefully, but is nonetheless worthy of commemoration.

  • Sexy selfies continue a complex game of evolution

    Khandis Blake     |      April 24, 2018

    Young women posting alluring photos of themselves online say less about gender discrimination – or those taking the sexy selfies – than about the economies they live in.

  • An artful truth about gender bias: Lessons from the art market

    Renee Adams     |      April 23, 2018

    Is a woman’s brush stroke worth less than a man’s? Apparently so. Much less. The average price for paintings by female artists is 47.6% lower than the average price for paintings by men. The evidence is consistent with the idea that women’s art sells for less because it is made by women.

  • Learning about the world – and myself – on my Milan adventure

    Leila Maugeri     |      April 18, 2018

    Sydney student Leila Maugeri champions the virtues of studying abroad – and learning about yourself in the process.

  • The necessary transience of happiness

    George Gillett     |      April 4, 2018

    The happiness industry is booming, yet few of us are happier. Why not? George Gillett suggests we should live in the moment and enjoy the journey of life while we can.

  • The worried West – Chronic decline or hypochondria?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      April 4, 2018

    Being Russian, North Korean or Chinese at this moment in history and watching liberal democracies talk themselves into decline must be odd but satisfying.

  • Culture shift: redirecting humanity’s path to a flourishing future

    Jeremy Lent     |      April 1, 2018

    We see humanity as split from nature, reason split from emotion and people split from each other. Jeremy Lent believes that it’s time to build a new worldview based on a deeper sense of connection.