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What my students taught me about reading: old books hold new insights for the digital generation

Every year about 150 students enrol in the introductory English literature course at the Australian National University, which I teach. The course includes works by Shakespeare, Austen, Woolf and Dickens. I know what these books did for me as a student 20 years ago, but times have changed. I am curious to discover what reading [...]

By |2020-03-24T17:36:19+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Who am I? Why am I here? Why children should be taught philosophy (beyond better test scores)

In a recent TED talk titled No Philosophy, No Humanity, author Roger Sutcliffe asked the audience whether a flagpole was a place. Around half the audience said yes, the other said no. He went on to describe the response a nine-year-old gave him to that question: to me a flagpole is not a place, but [...]

By |2019-10-04T09:55:38+10:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Education, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Being Lazy Could Mean You’re Highly Intelligent

Pixabay Images Need a new excuse for binge watching Stranger Things and living off Uber Eats? Research published in the Journal of Health Psychology, suggests that people who spend more time lazing around tend to be more intelligent than than those who are more active. The study conducted by the Florida Gulf Coast University found [...]

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