Lachlan Carey

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The book of Paul

In July this year, Paul Keating appeared on the ABC’s <i>Lateline</i> program to discuss politics and the media. The following month, Julia Gillard went on …

The Selling of the Avocado

How the "alligator pear" went from obscure delicacy to America's favorite fruit<p>Twenty-five years ago, talk-show host Gordon Elliott was working as a reporter for a local morning TV show called <i>Good Day New York</i>. The gig involved knocking on the doors of random, unsuspecting New Yorkers and, along …

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

The Age of Unicorns

Stewart Butterfield had one objective when he set out to raise money for his startup last fall: a billion dollars or nothing. If he couldn’t reach a …

Why You Should Stop Caring about Being Nice and Just Be Honest

Everyone wants to be well-liked and respected, but when you trip over yourself to be nice, you might be doing yourself a disservice. People might …

Psychology

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“MY BIG fear,” says Paul Ryan, an influential Republican congressman from Wisconsin, is that America is losing sight of the notion that “the …

Education

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

The epic uncool of Philip Seymour Hoffman

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental drug overdose on February 2, 2014 at age 46, it felt like a huge part of the past two decades of …