A curated life: the lost art of human interaction

I cringe as the elevator doors ding open, revealing another human inside. A stranger in a temporary space, boxed and suspended. We’ll have to travel together for several floors before determining who should exit first and part ways. Connected briefly and vertically in a steel Read More …

The Psychology of New Years Eve Reflection

Like it or not, it’s new years eve. The end of another year, 2017 finally done. Parks and foreshores have begun to swell with crowds, bottle shops are a buzz as party planners queue with boxes of booze, and the TV media has started feeding Read More …

Keeping up with Asian etiquette: Cheat Sheet

Experiencing cultures so different from our own is the primary reason so many people feel motivated to travel to Asia. However, one of the pitfalls of experiencing a culture so different from our own is the radically different social customs. Just as Western cultures have Read More …

I’m right. You’re wrong. How we misuse information to feed our prejudices

Ben Farrell FAKE NEWS, FAKE NEWS, FAKE NEWS…That’s what we hear right? Donald Trump is pretty upset about it… should we be too? Well, the problem is not so much about whether the news is outright fake or not. That would be easy. A lot Read More …

Sense of Place, Memory and Identity

I’m definitely in Melbourne. I’m sitting in a dark and moody hipster pub drinking a surprisingly good ‘house red’. The billboards out the front still advertise live bands on different nights of the week, not just ‘steak night’ or ‘kids eat free’ on Sundays. There’s Read More …

The fundamental problem with the law of attraction

I’m starting to wonder if the law of attraction is all just a load of bullshit. Don’t get me wrong; I haven’t always felt this way. When the best-selling self-help book, ‘The Secret’ came out, I thought it was awesome. Finally, I had answers to Read More …

The stupid reasons why we avoid reality

Sometimes, when I lose something, I deliberately choose to not go about looking for it at first. Say, if I suddenly realise that my wallet’s not in my pocket or in its usual place, I’ll choose to delay doing anything about it and instead I’ll think Read More …