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Sunday essay: how the West discovered the Buddha

Image: Shutterstock Buddhism is the third largest (and fastest growing) religion in Australia with approximately half a million adherents. The celebration of the Buddha’s birthday here...

Sunday essay: empathy or division? On the science and politics of storytelling

Why don’t chimpanzees rule the world? Is storytelling - the mysterious glue that enables millions of humans to cooperate effectively - the answer? Shutterstock Writers can’t...

If animals could speak, would we understand them?

Image: Wikimedia commons Turin, once briefly the capital of Italy, is famous today for its coffee, delectable hazelnut chocolate, Fiat cars, Juventus FC and the...

Free speech doesn’t mean you can say whatever you want, wherever. Here’s how to explain this to kids

 Picture: JAMES ROSS/AAP Melbourne has seen days of anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination protests with hundreds of arrests made. Many protesters hold right-wing and extremist views. Police say people have been...

Sunday Essay: an introduction to Confucius, his ideas and their lasting relevance

      Confucius at the ‘Apricot Altar’. By Kano Tan'yû (Japanese, 1602–1674). Mid-17th century. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston   The man widely known in the English...

When life gives you lemons … 4 Stoic tips for getting through lockdown from Epictetus

  Image: Unsplash/Cristina Anne Costello Born into slavery, then crippled by his master and exiled by the Emperor Domitian, Epictetus (c.60-135 CE) has become arguably the central...