From hearing about the latest research on menopause to the need for more ritual to celebrate it, about 50 people gathered at Clear Spot Club’s talk on menopause.Read More
Kirsten Black runs a menopause clinic at Concord Hospital in Sydney. She is also associate professor and academic gynaecologist at the University of Sydney where she is the Joint Head of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Neonatology. This is an edited chat she had with journalist and curator Jackie Dent.
"Hot and bothered: a talk on menopause" is coming soon. A Sydney book club approached Clear Spot and requested a talk on the topic so why not?! I love the idea of ordering talks like a pizza.
Menopause usually hits women between the ages of 49 to 52, which is also a time when some are doing really well at work. This is one issue we'll definitely be exploring.
At this stage, a philosopher, a Chinese herbalist, a medical doctor and a "midlife midwife" are on the panel. More details coming soon!
A barrister who admitted to "self dumping" — a phenomena where sensing the other partner is unhappy, they dump first — was one of many highlights at Clear Spot's Broken Hearts panel. Around 50 people came to the lively event at Belvoir's Upper Rehearsal Room on a cool Wednesday evening.Read More
Clear Spot Club spoke to the Sydney poet Eileen Chong, who says her poetry “already reflected my awareness that not all was well in my relationship, long before I consciously acknowledged it to myself or to anyone else.”Read More
A gorgeous poem on getting on after heart break by Derek Walcott, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, who died in 2017.Read More
Dr Geoffrey Tofler has been looking into what impact taking aspirin and metoprolol has on the heart during early bereavement.
Background: Bereavement is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) however no reports exist of interventions to reduce risk. We hypothesised that low dose metoprolol and aspirin would have a beneficial effect on CVD risk, without adverse psychological effects during early bereavement.
Methods: 85 participants were enrolled aged 66. plus or minus 9.4 years. There were 55 females, 30 males, 73 spouses and 12 parents of deceased from Northern Sydney Hospitals.
Initial assessment In less than 2 weeks of bereavement included: 24 hr Holter monitor, home blood pressure testing, blood measures, and symptoms of grief, depression and anxiety. Subjects were then randomised to 6 weeks of daily metoprolol and aspirin, or placebo, then reassessed.
Conclusions: Low dose metoprolol and aspirin reduced physiological and psychological measures of CVD risk. Although further research is needed, this therapy represents a potential preventive approach for increased CVD in early bereavement.
Read about it in Heart, Lung and Circulation.
Hear about it on May 30 when Dr Tofler will be speaking on broken hearts alongside a poet, a philosopher and divorce lawyer.
While a lot of romantic films are about blossoming love, the 2004 classic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, looks at Clementine and Joel, a couple that has already broken up.
Oh the agony!
In this Clear Spot Club interview, philosopher Robert Sinnerbrink discusses some of the big themes of heart-break that are explored in the film.
If you had the chance, would you erase all memory of a relationship and forget it ever happened? Or is there something to be learned from the pain of a lost love?
Sinnerbrink also discusses why broken hearts can be so bloody awful and offers a few tips on how to survive one.
Australian intellectuals Val Plumwood and Richard Sylvan pioneered environmental thinking.
Eminent twentieth-century philosophers, they were determined to fuse the practical and the intellectual, to 'walk the talk', when it came to the environment.
Dr Dominic Hyde, an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Queensland and student of the pair, published a book about them in 2014.
We chatted about their work, as well as some of the basics of environmental philosophy, a surprisingly under-explored area considering how "big" the environment is in people's minds.
The conversation starts with Hyde's assessment on the current state of green activism in Australia.
Join organisational theorist Richard Claydon, HR guru Katriina Tahka, philosopher Jean-Philippe Deranty, bullying expert Carlo Caponecchia and Clear Spot President Jackie Dent as they explore why there are dickheads at work, and what to do about them.
What a buzzy night discussing dickheads at work! While there were clearly a lot of people who have had shit experiences in the audience, the night felt fun, playful and thoughtful.Read More
When things go well at work, it can be an "existential emboldening and strengthening" but when things go wrong — such as having to deal with a dickhead — things fall apart very quickly for people says philosopher Jean-Philippe Deranty.
In this edited Q + A, Deranty explores the the deeper implications of work for humans.Read More
We may know of dickheads at work but how do we make sure we don't become one ourselves? Check out the upbeat work of Stanford University cognitive behavioural David Burns, M.D, which may offer insights.Read More
We've all been in a situation where we are stuck with a dickhead in the office. What do you do? Jackie Dent spoke to Katriina Tahka, a specialist in how to detox the office and get the good vibes going.
Where do ideas come from? By daydreaming in lectures, thinking about September 11, meditating, resisting coffee dates, being logical, pinning goals to a wall, listening to music, writing in silence and not always accepting the answers they were given. It seems by staying seriously committed and focused on an ideal has paid off for these fabulous thinkers.Read More
Yantra's are visual representations of a sound or mantra. They can be geometric or abstract, and are used as a meditation device or as a tool for contemplation. The painter Marisa Purcell first encountered yantra's when she travelled to India 20 years ago.Read More
Philosopher Joanne Faulkner discusses how she got into studying childhood innocence and whether parents really can "manage" their children.Read More
Dr Megan MacKenzie discusses the ways in which women are part of international politics and "if we pay attention to what they are doing, we actually see different things in the world."Read More
Where do ideas come from? What is the process of discovery? There are all sort of theories as to how ideas are born. There is the “thunderbolt moment” when in a flash, the concept is born. Then there is the notion of brewing — ideas aren't sprung into the world fully formed, they come about incrementally.Read More
Abstract artist Marisa Purcell grew up in Brisbane where there were a lot of ugly brown buildings. Because of it, she learned to find beauty in brown, which she describes as "a glowing colour“. Most of her paintings start with the colour as a base. “People are down on brown because it is usually opaque and dense and shit-brown and it doesn’t have any depth to it,” she says. “But If you mix it from the three primary colours or from two complementary colours, it has a vibrancy. It’s really an exciting colour.” This work is 'Embed'. Marisa is speaking about her work and how she comes up with her ideas at Belvoir theatre as part of a fab panel. Book here.