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 …

Stuck in Purgatory Paradise

Facebook has a new feature called ‘On This Day’. It’s a feature where Facebook belches up old memories and reminds you what you were doing on this day; 1 year ago, 2 years ago and so on. Well, I’m finding these relentless reminders depressing at Read More …

What’s wrong with escapism?

Most, if not all of us, strive to escape from reality. We do this quite regularly. Sometimes, we feel that reality is too bright, too clear, too crisp. Reality is the bright day that assaults you when you step outside after recovering from a hangover in Read More …