• Personal
  • Living life on the knife edge

    Living life on the knife edge

    Tonight was like any other Tuesday evening of my life, until that moment a stranger pulled a knife on me as I walked home. I don’t recount this story as a victim statement of any kind as the ironic thing about the situation is, although I was the one at the pointy-end of the knife, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Politics
  • Proportional Misrepresentation

    IOTCYM Chart Representation Data Source: Essential Media

    There are three kinds of lies; white lies, damned lies and statistics. – Mark Twain A recent Guardian article, deriving from an Essential Media poll around Australian’s feelings towards Christmas, is an example of how statistics can be twisted or misrepresented to prove any point one cares to prove. In this case, it’s a phenomenon we can […]

  • Politics
  • Letter to TDs on corruption in Ireland

    Corruption in Ireland

    Re: Motion on Establishment of Anti-Corruption Agency, 8-9/12/2015 Dear representative elected on behalf of the people of the Republic of Ireland[1], This week a motion was proposed to the Dáil to set up an independent agency to address corruption in Ireland. The Government proposed amendments to the motion which stripped it of all its substance […]

  • Culture
  • Solving the crisis of violence

    crisis of violence

    Our world is in crisis, with violence being the core issue; violence towards each other and our environment, originating from violence towards ourselves. For the violence external to us to be solved, the violence internal needs to be addressed. We commit offences towards ourselves all the time. These minor acts are the framework for the […]

  • 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

    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? […]