Atheists like to think of themselves as both rationally and intellectually sound. Regrettably, this is not always the case.

Richard Dawkins. Photo: The Sunday Times

Take a moment to call to mind some of the atheists you’ve met. With some luck, you will have come across some wonderful secular humanists, who are kind, reasonable and psychologically…

Thant Myint-U’s new book, ‘The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century’, unearths the deep, historical roots of Burma’s economic, social and political challenges.

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses European Parliament in 2013 © EPP Group

Thant Myint-U’s new book, The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century, comes at a crossroads for Burma and the West. While the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, was once the darling of human rights advocates, today she is…

Many feel we will inevitably emerge from this pandemic into a fairer, more caring society. By analysing this myth, we can learn a lot about the problems of our age.

Image: Yuri Samoilov

Back in March, Madonna released a video sharing her reflections on the Coronavirus pandemic. For some reason the video was filmed with her naked in a bathtub filled with rose petals. In a hushed tone with eyes downcast, she speaks to camera:

“That’s the thing about COVID-19. It doesn’t care…

Western Buddhists have been criticised for distorting centuries old traditions and doctrines. Is there a way that they could engage more respectfully?

A collection of Buddhist sculptures in the British Museum. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Over the last few centuries the beliefs, practises and philosophies of Buddhism have slowly permeated the Western world. Settling on a precise point of origin can be difficult, but we know that the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer undertook serious study of Buddhism as early as 1815. …

Scott Morrison has declared war on the hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of Australians who want to see action on climate change.

So far, Morrison’s Prime Ministership has been marked by a blunt refusal to meaningfully address carbon emissions, or to encourage clean energy.

After avoiding the United Nations Climate Summit, Morrison made a speech at the United Nations Climate Summit touting his Government’s record on climate change. …

Last month I attended a meditation retreat in Pa Pae, a small village situated in the mountains between Chiang Mai and Pai.

One of the meditation halls at Pa Pae Meditation Centre in Thailand.

I am awoken by a rooster just outside my window. There is something about the birds up here in the mountains that gives their crowing a rawer and…

Lachlan R. Dale

A human male exploring religion, philosophy and literature in a rather amateurish fashion.

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