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Use It or Lose It: the intelligence that ‘difficult’ reading develops

My favourite event at the recent Sydney Writers’ Festival was ‘A Radical Rethink’, a discussion between three doctors: Karen Hitchcock, Norman Doidge and Ranjana Srivastaya. ‘Can we change our brains?’ asks the blurb. ‘How can we retain quality of life … Continue reading

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Why it’s getting harder to be original

Language is a treacherous beast. Sometimes it’s not easy to say what you mean. One word can be a synonym for a whole string of others that serve to signify quite different things. Similar mutability in an individual could attract … Continue reading

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Fiction & the illusion of a self

In his recent article ‘ Do We Need Stories?’ author Tim Parks writes: We would like the self to exist perhaps, but does it really? What is it? The need to surround it with a lexical clutter of reinforcing terms—identity, … Continue reading

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