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Sydney in Lockdown

Bondi beach is an icon. It’s one of the first places people visit when they tour Sydney. It’s known to be busy at all times. In mid-winter, you can find people jogging along its famous cliff walk, trailing along the edge of the sea. Today, the beach is closed. The cliff walk is closed. The ...

How to Self-Publish a Novel

This is a guide to self-publishing novels, articles and non-fiction.

Towards a Project-Based Economy: AI and the Future of Work

An AI lawyer is doing legal research in the US, a robot is laying bricks in Japan and a robot just passed a visual Turing test at MIT. The question is no longer whether automation will occur but how long we have to control its introduction and the future of human work before it does. ...

Modern Life: A Consciouscly Celebrated Materialism

The anthropologist David Graeber has this idea that culture has been relabelled as consumption. So: what were formerly the traits of the hippies, the principles: free love, free expression, peace not war and so on, have been replaced by the traits of the hipsters: buying iphones, buying jeans, buying into tech start-ups and technological industries. ...

History of a Sketch During War: A View of the Taking of Quebec (1759)

In 1759 General James Wolfe launched a daring British offensive up the St. Lawrence River to attack the robustly fortified city of Quebec, the heart of French colonialism in North America. General Wolfe would later die at the battle (depicted here). Hailed as the “battle that won Canada”, the ensuing battle on the Plains of ...

On the Future of Pointless Jobs, the 9-5 Work Day and the Robot Revolution

When we see the world through the lens of how things currently are, it is almost impossible to imagine things differently without in some way imparting some of the existing dynamics into the imagined future. Ask a random person on the street today why they work a nine to five job, and they will give ...

The Right to Personality in the Workplace (Dismantling The Private and Public Self)

The ultimate aim of the employment system is not to create a self. This is a long-forgotten aim in some distant, lost century. The aim now is to package the self, to create the illusion of a self in such a way that that self is appetising to those willing to try it out. This ...

The Old Man and the Paper Plane: Is the Economy Enough to Sustain Meaning?

Imagine an eighty-year-old man who has been working his entire life and has forgotten what his childhood felt like. He has, like Citizen Kane, achieved the heights of commercial success but with the consequent sacrifice of boyish mannerisms, mischief and imagination. He has a lot of tremendous cash value –cars, boats, houses- but he still feels ...

The Seven Sins of Modern Thinking

There are seven sin in modern thinking that have emerged in recent years. To my mind, these holes are as damaging to society as the logical fallacies of old (and still include some of them) as they taunt us with irrational thought and judgment that leads to bad decision-making.They Include:1) Systems cannot be changed:The idea that systems cannot ...

Worrying Changes to Bail Laws in NSW

The NSW Bail laws are undergoing fundamental reform, spurred on by knee-jerk public reaction to bail decisions.  1) The presumption of innocence has been removed as an independent clause and has been moved to a new preamble of the actThe presumption of innocence now appears alongside the more 'community-driven' considerations: “the need to ensure the safety ...