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Junk Science Driving Public Misperceptions

Pixabay Images Have you heard about the latest study? Coffee fights cancer. Pizza and French fries are addictive like crack. Midnight snacks hamper our ability to retain memories. Actually, what’s really bad for our brains is all the junk science being reported as gospel. According to Pew Research, “79 percent of scientists believe [...]

Yet Another Massacre…

Flickr Images The US reels from the senseless slaying of close to 50 individuals… the UK is shocked to the core by the callous shooting and stabbing of a politician ….  Australia searches for answers to the Lindt Café siege. The mass media provide mass coverage of these horrific events: we all want [...]

Why It’s Time To Ban Pornography

ShutterStock It is time to ban pornography. Nothing can shock us except this suggestion. We find it perfectly acceptable that smut, no matter how bestial or misogynistic, should be widely available. We even think it a moral imperative, a dictate of freedom. It does not trouble us that children can view acts of [...]

Quarter Of Viewers With Mental Health Problems Seek Help After Watching Mental Health Storylines On TV

Maisie Williams struggled with mental health problems as Casey in Cyberbully. Credit: Channel 4 A quarter of TV viewers suffering from mental health problems have been prompted to seek help after following mental health storylines, according to a new poll by mental health charity Mind. The survey asked over 2,000 British adults how [...]

60 Minutes: Tara Brown’s Comments Were Wrong

An emotional Tara Brown explains her perspective on 60 Minutes after being released from a Beirut jail following the botched child recovery story. Photo: Channel Nine Tara Brown is wrong. On Sunday night's episode of 60 Minutes, she defended her involvement in the failed "recovery" of Sally Faulkner's two children from Lebanon. Instead of a [...]

The Role Of White Privilege In The 60 Minutes Kidnapping Saga

Faulkner, pictured here with Lahela, 5, says her ex-husband abducted the children a year ago after taking them on holiday to Lebanon. Photo: supplied You can't fault a mother for trying. When Sally Faulkner learned that her Lebanese ex-husband, Ali Elamine, had no intention of returning their two children to Australia from Lebanon, [...]

Freda Briggs: ‘Champion Of Children’ And Former Senior Australian Of The Year Dies

PHOTO: Professor Briggs's child protection expertise was shared across the world. (Supplied) The highly regarded expert on child abuse issues and multi award-winning professor Freda Briggs has died in hospital at the age of 85. Child protection group Bravehearts praised her lifelong efforts to safeguard children. Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said Professor Briggs [...]

By | April 10th, 2016|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Emma Murphy Shares Shocking Video With Facebook Followers

Emma Murphy said she thought long and hard before posting the video of herself with a black eye. Photo: Facebook She is usually posting images of her healthy tuna salad or morning workouts. But health and fitness blogger Emma Murphy had something more important to share with her Facebook followers on Tuesday. The [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Kids’ Dance Boom Fuels Injury Risk

Credit: Mathis Dance Studios The booming children's dance industry is set to be overhauled in a bid to combat lacklustre regulation and increasing injury risks. Dance – encompassing jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, cheerleading, contemporary, Irish, acrobatic, musical theatre and lyrical – is more popular than all other Australian children's sports or leisure activities except swimming, according [...]

Neuroscience And The Premature Death Of The Soul

Tom Wolfe: his 1996 predictions foreshadowed dubious media stories of neural circuits for infidelity and political orientation. Photograph: Jim Cooper/AP Perhaps Wolfe’s most astute observation was cultural: how the collapse of Freud and Marx had pushed people into using the language of cognitive science for explanations of human behaviour. He also noticed that [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments