• Culture
  • Research on hallucinogens

    Scientific research on hallucinogens

    Altered states of consciousness and the hallucinogenic molecules which facilitate them, have been part of the human story since time immemorial. In more recent times, the “War on Drugs” stigmatised the personal use of conscious altering substances by making them highly illegal to possess. This in turn derailed legitimate scientific research on hallucinogens which was […]

  • Meditation
  • Barefoot walking

    Barefoot walking

    Learning lessons from rocks Take off your shoes and leave them behind. Cast off distractions and give yourself the present of presence. While climbing Croagh Patrick as a child, I used to cast curious glances towards, and wonder about, the people who climbed “the Reek” in their bare feet, as penance for their sins against […]

  • Politics
  • Compress to impress

    Compress to impress

    Increasingly on social media, we compress our message into the most condensed format possible. Maximising the limited resource of our reader’s attention, we try to get the maximum impact for minimum investment of their attention. But what consequences come of compressed information? Ths sntnc hs bn cmprssd by rmvng th vwls – This sentence has […]

  • Politics
  • A letter to Twiggy

    Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014 -  Faith leaders at the joint declaration of religious leaders against modern slavery held in the Vatican and organised by the Global Freedom Network . Pope Francis and Andrew Forrest
Photograph by Chris Warde-Jones/GFN

    Dear Andrew, Your “Our Iron Ore” campaign has ignited the public imagination. It has reminded people that the resources which lie in the ground actually belong to all of us, the people of Australia. On OurIronOre.com, it states, “We are all impacted by the disappearing iron ore dollars in our economy and we want to […]

  • Personal
  • In my second opinion

    In my second opinion

    What constitutes an informed opinion? Does it follow one infallible source of truth? Or does it come from integrating many truths into one’s own? How wide do we open our minds when forming our opinions? Do we go narrow and deep into one specific area? Or broad and shallow across the best of various ideas? […]