Where science meets art. The only necessary and sufficient book store in Melbourne.
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- The power of categorical logic
- What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?
- Paralympic athletes faster than olympic athletes — what does this tell us about difference?
- Logic: if + then = why? How can we understand the power of logic?
- How do we ensure we are exposed to new ideas? A parody with bite.
- A Life of Meaning (Reason Not Required) – What is the nature of our relationship with reason?
- Can you name this cognitive bias?
- By what measures can we value human life?
- Teaching philosophy improves standardised scores
- Are we in control of our own decisions?
- Neuroscience and education: myths and messages
- Free will is not as free as we think – and that’s ok.
- Where’s the Proof in Pseudoscience?
- Science in the lead?
- Plato and Aristotle from ‘The School of Athens’
USEFUL RSS FEEDS
- Our Delight in Destruction
- Trump’s Method, Our Madness
- What Our Cells Teach Us About a ‘Natural’ Death
- If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We?
- Our Forger in Chief
- Humans in Dark Times
- Trump and the ‘Society of the Spectacle’
- Unraveling Love Stories
- It’s Black History Month. Look in the Mirror.
- Rethinking Our Patriotism
- Where are the female leaders?
- You can lead a horse to bitesize online content, but can you make it learn?
- Government digital strategy – more politics needed
- The Business of Nudging
- How Smart Citizens live
- Modern employment: legislating fast and slow
- Place-Based Leadership
- Let the Doers Act
- The power to communicate
- Engaging teachers
- Suicide Risk Assessment Doesn't Work
- The Genius of Pinheads: When Little Brains Rule
- Food for Thought: Do We Owe Our Large Primate Brains to a Passion for Fruit?
- Why Do We Cry?
- Opening a Window into the Minds of Language-Impaired Children
- What Are Everyday Daydreamers Like?
- National Corruption Breeds Personal Dishonesty
- Mind-Reading Computers That Can Translate Thoughts into Words
- How the Science of "Blue Lies" May Explain Trump's Support
- Hospitals Halt Hiring, Projects amid Uncertain Fate of Obamacare
- What we don't know about mother's milk | Katie Hinde
- A young inventor's plan to recycle Styrofoam | Ashton Cofer
- 3 ways to spot a bad statistic | Mona Chalabi
- Who would the rest of the world vote for in your country's election? | Simon Anholt
- Why civilians suffer more once a war is over | Margaret Bourdeaux
- Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness | Michele L. Sullivan
- Lifelike simulations that make real-life surgery safer | Peter Weinstock
- Inside America's dead shopping malls | Dan Bell
- "Turceasca" | Silk Road Ensemble
- Should we simplify spelling? | Karina Galperin
Tag Archives: Katherine Cheng
Q: DO we take our democracy for granted? TWO weeks ago I noticed a billboard advertisement not far from where I live.
Q: IS there a political obligation to obey the law? EVENTS in England this past week bring to mind that old starting point of political philosophy: the state of nature. This is the hypothetical condition of humanity before the establishment … Continue reading
Q: SHOULD the federal government be funding school chaplains in state schools? Ask the Philosopher Column by Tim Soutphommasane in The Australian August 20, 2011 religion-is-not-a-state-obligation (pdf) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Philosopher column in the Weekend Australian poses questions about this popular show. What is the fine line between not mollycoddling children vs exposing them unecessarily to pressure? Consumerism, social psychology & philosophy, rights & obligations of adults to children. Can … Continue reading
The web means the end of forgetting – an essay on forgetting, re-invention and personal identity in the age of Facebook
Author: Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University An essay about the difficulty of forgetting & re-invention in the age of the Internet, Facebook, etc. Excerpt: We’ve known for years that the Web allows for unprecedented voyeurism, exhibitionism … Continue reading
Q: Is it illiberal for governments to ban practices judged to be illiberal, as the French government is doing with its intended ban on the burka? AskThePhilosopher 01May2010 Burka ban a headache for a liberal society (docx) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Q: Is it disloyal to criticise aspects of Anzac Day because you believe it involves myth and ritualised militarism? AskThePhilosopher 24Apr2010 Pride in the past isnt necessarily a lost cause (docx) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Q: If we believe that nation-states should be sovereign, what role should notions of universal human rights play in refugee policies? AskThePhilosopher 17Apr2010 Land of the fair go (docx) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Q: What is the difference between being a renaissance man and a dilettante? AskThePhilosopher 10Apr2010 The quest for Renaissance man (docx) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Q: In which circumstances can our notions of justice accommodate trials by media? Ask The Philosopher 03Apr2010 When media become dispensers of justice (docx) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Belgian MPs are set to pass a law to ban the burka & nikab (full body and full face coverings). Women who defy the ban will be fined or jailed. Suggested discussion topics: – What are the different ‘-isms’ at … Continue reading
Q: Have we become accustomed to thinking of political greatness as involving moments of symbolism rather than as involving reform achievements? Ask the Philosopher, The Australian, 27 Mar 2010. ‘. . .the ultimate test of greatness is to be able … Continue reading
Q: Is an acknowledgment of traditional ownership by public officials tokenistic political correctness or a genuine effort to achieve reconciliation with Aboriginal Australians? From: A nod to traditional owners, The (Weekend) Australian, 20 March 2010, Tim Soutphommasane mentions this ritual … Continue reading
Q: * Do home-schooled kids get enough social education? *Should we be concerned with the potential effects of home schooling on children’s social integration? *Are some countries, such as Germany, right to ban home-schooling? Ask the Philosopher column in The … Continue reading
Three essays in response to France’s ban on women wearing veils and other full body coverings in secular spaces. Two of the essays are written by women; the other by a political writer (Greg Sheridan). Themes: Secularism, nationalism, identity politics, … Continue reading
by Julie Hosking about the sentiments expressed by bumper stickers. ‘F*** off, we’re full’, says one bumper sticker. Useful for discussing the paradox of tolerance. *What are the limits of tolerance? Of free speech? *If racist and other sentiments are … Continue reading
Q: How do we define patriotism? And how does it compare to jingoism? Ask the philosopher by Tim Soutphommasane in The Australian on January 2010 Ask the philosopher 2010 Jan 30 Patriotism (docx) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Q: Should we apply racial or national profiling when screening passengers at our airports? by Tim Soutphommasane in The Australian, January 16 2010, ASK THE PHILOSOPHER Ask the philosopher 2010 Jan 16 Racial profiling (docx) (Uploaded by Katherine Cheng.)
Opinion piece about the teaching of ethics in NSW public schools, as an alternative to scripture classes. Written by Tim Soutphommasane, political theorist and author of Reclaiming Patriotism. Ask the Philosopher 2010 Mar06 Home schooling – social education (docx) (Uploaded by … Continue reading