Search results for "science"

Who We Are

Classics of Crime Fiction

Tue 23 Apr 2013

Detective fiction is a form of story developed in the nineteenth century to respond to the new threats and anxieties of urban society. In London, the largest of the new great cities of Western mercantile society, where nobody knew anyone else reliably, and any hand might be against your property or your life, the police were established as a rea ...

On Drugs

Thu 10 Oct 2013

Australians are world leaders in recreational drug use, but we seem chronically incapable of an honest appraisal of the issues this raises. The 'war on drugs' paradigm dominates the mainstream while drug-taking subcultures flourish at the margins: something has to give. Through an examination of the history, politics, law, science and culture of ...

How the weather works

Wed 18 Nov 2015

Have you ever wondered why Melbourne gets four seasons in one day, while holiday destinations like Fiji have constantly idyllic weather? Why tropical cyclones are a way of life in Port Headland, but not in Hawaii? Why one bushfire season can be absolutely catastrophic, but then the next relatively uneventful? While everyone has their theories, t ...

Ethics and Morality in the 21st Century

Religious Truth Claims

Sat 05 Jun 2010

Belief and faith continue to thrive, however, belief in science and the supernatural differ in that the former is open and encourages verification and scepticism, whereas the latter tends to shrug from it. We will debate truth claims that religions are based upon and how open religious communities are to challenges to these truth claims. Can there ...

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

What can the past tell us about the future of climate change in Australia?

Wed 11 Jun 2014

Dr Simon Connor: School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (Monash) Dr Joelle Gergis: School of Earth Sciences (Melbourne Uni) The Anthropocene has been put forward as a new geological epoch, one in which humans have come to rule the world's natural systems and processes. In an age of increased environmental awareness, the term has captured ...

Psychoanalysis is...

Psychoanalysis is a discourse eccentric to the mainstream

Thu 15 Sep 2016

Psychoanalysis is a practice and a social bond that offers an alternative to the dominant discourses of our time, namely those of capital, science and technology. Such mainstream discourses reduce the human subject to an object, and degrade knowledge to a series of units of information. In contrast, psychoanalysis brings the subject into being, an ...

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Oceans and Climate Change

Thu 13 Nov 2014

Dr Will Howard: School of Earth Sciences (Melbourne Uni)

Economics for Everyone

Mainstream Economics: Strengths and limitations

Thu 21 Feb 2013

Economics is unique in the social sciences for being characterized by a dominant orthodoxy and the institutional marginalization of alternative approaches. This lecture explains the nature of this orthodoxy, with a keen eye to both its usefulness and its limitations.

I (heart) Philosophy - 2011

On Popper and the margins of science

Tue 01 Mar 2011

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Ice, fire and flood: Science fiction and the Anthropocene

Thu 20 Nov 2014

Professor Emeritus Andrew Milner: English and Comparative Literature (Monash)