Disturbing transition

Disturbing transition

In a recent email discussion on the issue of justly recognising Aboriginal people in Australia, one SOFiA member had this to say: I see that Australia is still in a time of transition moving from arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sex, race etc. and carelessly...
Faith and atheism

Faith and atheism

Even atheists rely on faith, says Barney Zwartz. Zwartz makes a compelling argument that faith is “an inescapable part of rational everyday life – even for atheists”. He doesn’t make the distinction, but what he’s really talking about is faith in the sense of trust...
Tripping along nicely

Tripping along nicely

Recent studies in both rodents and humans suggest there may be significant benefits to be had in using tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs to treat depression and anxiety, and possibly even for mentally ‘healthy’ people, just to enhance their overall sense of wellbeing....
Stuff happens

Stuff happens

My cultural heritage is English. Lots to be unhappy about there as I will freely admit, given the extent to which the English have helped stuff the world up (a process none know better than Indigenous Australians). It’s a mixed bag, though. I’m proud to be...
Pigeonholes are for pigeons

Pigeonholes are for pigeons

Zen Buddhism, at least as its usually understood in the west, seeks to dislodge us from relying on the second-hand experience we gain through language and promotes first-hand, immediate, lived experience. One Zen master says (as I’ve quoted elsewhere): The more you...