Why Cliches are Meaningless (So Stop Using Them)

There is a growing trend of what I like to think of as the outsourcing of thought – where our own thoughts are subservient to those deemed “superior authorities”. Part of this collective-mind-holiday comes from the Internet: our tool to disassociate ourselves from the process of thinking. The rest comes from expert culture, and what ...

Clerking Mad

When I first entered law school I wanted to become a lawyer. This shouldn’t surprise you. Neither should the fact that 66% of students entering law school want to become legal practitioners. What should surprise you is that 64% of law students” don’t end up going into law. These competing statistics pose a confronting dilemma. ...

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True Detective and the Myth of the Intellectual

In 1784 Immanuel Kant answered a question, posed a year earlier by Reverend Johann Friedrich Zöllner – “What is enlightenment?” His answer was that enlightenment “was man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity”. A state of immaturity is when one allows another’s reason to guide them. Hence enlightenment was using your own rationality to guide your decisions, thoughts and actions. Kant went on ...

The Politics of Division: How Politics Destroys Rationality

There’s a long-running trend in student politics for students to shout out “shame” when their opposing political party is mentioned. I first heard this in 2012 in the heady days of the Gillard Government and Abbott Opposition. It was the Howard Debating Cup, and I had come to watch a friend debate. Liberals packed the ...

Truth, Myths and Meaning

J. R. R. Tolkein once said that myths, “At the very least… allow us to catch a fleeting, but all so powerful glimpse at the beauty that lies beyond the walls [of our material existence]. Myths show us a fleeting glimpse of truth itself.” There is an archaic primacy to this argument. If one stretched ...

Racial Discrimination Act – Legalising Hate Speech

The Government has released a draft Bill on changes to the Act - see the link at the bottom of this post. The government has indicated it intends to make racist hate speech, racist publications and racial slurs legal in Australia. This goes against the very grain of Australian society, as a place where people ...

Candy Crush: A Whale of a Time

My first game of Candy Crush reminded me of my first experience with a slot machine. Both offered the same enticements: escapism, a bit of fun, and crudely simple gameplay. Candy Crush is a puzzle-based game that requires players to align candies, three-in-a-row. But behind the veneer of charm and juvenile ‘fun’, Candy Crush, like ...

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