• Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – A vision of hope: The church of native divinity

    Mark Nicol     |      November 5, 2020

    The disciplined practise of rational science has given modern man technological domination of the planet, but it may take a new reverence for life itself for our species to ensure a sustainable future.

  • The history of the Hawkesbury

    Rachel Gray     |      October 11, 2020

    UNSW Sydney’s Grace Karskens reveals the complex and controversial history of the Hawkesbury River in her latest book People of the River.

  • Louise Glück wins the Nobel Prize for Literature

    Nikolai Duffy     |      October 10, 2020

    The wonderful American poet Louise Glück has won this years Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel committee heralded her work ‘for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal’. 

  • Arnhem Land Maliwawa rock art opens window to past

    Open Forum     |      October 2, 2020

    Stunning Arnhem Land rock art images including three rare depictions of bilbies and a dugong have been described by researchers in a new paper in Australian Archaeology.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Music and silence

    Mark Nicol     |      September 30, 2020

    Mark Nicol explores the rich history, unrivaled creativity and uncertain future of western music.

  • Something or nothing

    Craig Jeffrey     |      September 26, 2020

    People have been suspicious of ‘nothing’ going back all the way to the mathematical idea of “zero.” Yet there is real value in “nothing” and we need to appreciate it more.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Who said God is dead?

    Mark Nicol     |      September 17, 2020

    Mark Nicol calls for a new religious vision of ‘native divinity’ to help reconcile humanity’s egoistic, humanist, environmentalist, and aspirational ambitions.

  • Are arts schools an endangered species?

    Sasha Grishin     |      September 12, 2020

    Decades of under-funding have left many Australian art schools in a perilous state. And the present political and intellectual hostility to the creative arts is threatening their very existence.

  • Incels, trolls and attack helicopters

    Open Forum     |      September 11, 2020

    While ‘trolls’ have been around almost as long as the Internet, researchers say ‘Incels’ are a more recent and distinctly different cyber sub-culture which warrants more study.

  • Why everyone should learn a musical instrument

    Ben Knight     |      August 31, 2020

    Learning and playing music has many benefits for people of every age, but not in the ways you might think.

  • Fighting the good fight

    Open Forum     |      July 26, 2020

    Giving the Devil His Due – Reflections of a Scientific Humanist, the latest book by American rationalist Michael Shermer, should be required reading for those who seek hope in reason in these troubled times.

  • A room made of leaves

    Kerrie Davies     |      July 19, 2020

    The newest novel from the author of The Secret River is an imagined diary, detailing the ‘true’ story of Elizabeth Macarthur.