Philosophy & Psychology

Dennett’s dangerous ideas

A stanza in the Buddhist text Dhammapada states: “There never was, there never will be, nor does there exist now ...
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The psychology behind irrational opinions

Most people, at one time or another, act foolishly. However, truly ignorant individuals exhibit a lack of introspection and stubbornly ...
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Making the case for a thoughtful life

Svend Brinkmann’s Think is a book in praise of the thoughtful life and an easygoing exploration of the role of ...
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The proponents of post-liberalism

What is post-liberalism? That is no simple question, though the simplest responses are given by those who identify with it ...
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Fear and loathing rule Australia’s ‘angry’ media landscape

Australia has a problem with illegal migration. Well, no, not a collapse of Operation Sovereign Borders, or the offshore processing laws ...
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How to help people get out of misinformation rabbit holes

As misinformation and radicalisation rise, it’s tempting to look for something to blame: the internet, social media personalities, sensationalised political ...
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How thinking styles explain susceptibility to conspiracy beliefs

Over the last two decades, and in particular over the last five years, there has been a growing scientific interest in ...
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Seeking common ground across the political divide

Some topics are hard to define. They are nebulous; their meanings are elusive. Topics relating to morality fit this description. ...
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Talking together in the ‘big tent’ of free speech

People often extol the virtue of open-mindedness, but can there be too much of a good thing? As a college dean, ...
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How even rational people have sceptical blind spots

Most readers would doubtless recognise the importance of being sceptical about the information, arguments, and ideas that we encounter, be ...
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What philosophers say on the question of having children

Parenthood has traditionally been considered the normal outcome of growing up – a side-effect of reaching maturity. Across Europe and ...
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Why the future might not be where you think it is

Imagine the future. Where is it for you? Do you see yourself striding towards it? Perhaps it’s behind you. Maybe ...
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