Channel “Idioms of Normality”

Idioms of Normality
A channel hosted by Dr. Paul Mason
Dr Paul Mason is an Australian anthropologist who works on human and planetary health. In this space, we share the conversations Paul has about normality with people from all walks of life from Australia and around the world.

What is normal? How does normality impact our lives? What would the world look like if we took seriously the idea that normality is not real? Accompany Paul on his exploratory tour to better understand the way in which people think about normality and the way it shapes our lives and impacts upon the planet.

Want to know more? We invite you to join the conversation! Write to us with questions about normality, or if you would like Paul to further explore some aspects you are particularly interested in.

Coming on September 1st. Stay tuned.

Is normality stressful?

In this episode, Paul speaks with Dr Monty Badami, CEO of Habitus a social enterprise empowering people to work together more creatively and resiliently. He talks about normality in relation to human diversity and raises important questions about how normality is conceived and rolled out across diverse populations.

In the first episode, Paul speaks with Professor Anina Rich, a cognitive scientist at Macquarie University. We speak about synaesthesia, a condition where the senses become mixed in diverse combinations. For example, individuals might experience colour percepts in response to numbers, letters or words, or perhaps feel shapes in response to smells or tastes. A benign condition, synaesthesia is a fascinating case example to problematise and rethink what is normal.

Dr Paul Mason is an Australian anthropologist who works on human and planetary health. In this space, we share the conversations Paul has about normality with people from all walks of life from Australia and around the world.

What is normal? How does normality impact our lives? What would the world look like if we took seriously the idea that normality is not real? Accompany Paul on his exploratory tour to better understand the way in which people think about normality and the way it shapes our lives and impacts upon the planet.

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