• Have use-by dates reached their sell-by date?

    Cecilia Duong     |      June 8, 2021

    Next time you’re about to throw food in the rubbish, you should double check the date on it first. Food safety experts say some labelling is confusing – and you could be throwing out food that is actually still perfectly safe to eat.

  • Daniel Kahneman on ‘noise’

    Ben Newell     |      June 2, 2021

    Daniel Kahneman’s new book presents several compelling cases from business, medicine, and criminal justice in which judgments appear to vary for no “good” reason.

  • ‘Talking under water’ with the Red Cross

    Brendan Nicholson     |      May 27, 2021

    Kath Stewart served as Australian Army officer on peacekeeping missions and as an official from the International Committee of the Red Cross with just her wits, experience and negotiating skills to calm violent situations.

  • Bedtime, not screen time

    Ben Knight     |      May 9, 2021

    Research from the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney reveals parents perceive digital devices as necessary for their kids’ learning but are worried about the distraction and activities they’re missing out on.

  • Can positive psychology change the world?

    Diane Nazaroff     |      May 3, 2021

    An open mind, an open heart and clear thinking are three core capabilities that underlie wise action and can help people and groups change the world for the better.

  • A new approach to consciousness

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2021

    A new research centre will bring together philosophers, psychologists and scientists to unravel the mysteries of the human mind.

  • Confessions – Maeve

    Mark Nicol     |      March 22, 2021

    We all live our lives, grow old and die – or do we? Perhaps, like “The Man From Earth” there are a special few who never age and live through history in the most special and ordinary ways.

  • Confessions – Whilst my guitar gently weeps

    Mark Nicol     |      February 16, 2021

    An enduring love of music has offered consolation to many people through life’s travails, with the power to summon memories as well as offer hope for the future.

  • Domestic travel safety – 5 ways to stay safe and explore Australia

    Derek Lotts     |      February 5, 2021

    Although international travel has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to explore Australia safely and securely and experience your country in a brand new way.

  • Counterpoint by Mark Nicol – Indulgence, injustice, and the book of fine scrapes

    Mark Nicol     |      January 18, 2021

    The New Year can be a time to remember the past as well as look forward to the future, and Open Forum regular Mark Nicol reflects on a boy’s night out before the age of masks and social distancing.

  • 6 steps to “reboot your brain” after a difficult year

    Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian     |      January 3, 2021

    Months of anxiety, grief and loneliness caused by the pandemic and the measures taken to control it can create a spiral of negativity that is hard to escape, but we can all take action to snap out of destructive habits and get our energy levels back for 2021.

  • Sticking to those New Year’s resolutions

    Joanne Dickson     |      January 1, 2021

    From losing weight to being kinder, we’ve all set – and failed to keep – New Year’s resolutions in the past, so what steps can we take to improve our chances this time around?