Meet Our Authors

Our respected Rational Realm authors contribute on a variety of subjects in the areas of philosophy and science

The following list showcases authors contributing their research and ideas to Rational Realm.

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  • Leslie Allan

    Leslie Allan

    Leslie studied philosophy and history of religions at La Trobe University, receiving the David Hume prize for outstanding achievement in philosophy. From there, he embarked on a career spanning two decades in training, software development and business consulting. Now largely retired, Leslie devotes his time to exploring the boundaries between science and philosophy.

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  • Hans A. Baer

    Hans A. Baer

    Hans A. Baer is Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has published many books, book chapters and refereed articles on a diversity of research topics. Hans considers himself a scholar-activist who, over the years, has worked in the labor, environmental, peace and socialist movements.

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  • Heather McLaughlin

    Heather McLaughlin

    Heather is a part-time primary classroom music teacher with an active interest in community music-making. She has organized various weekend camps for families and adults to play music together and has served as an organiser for Community Music Victoria. Her various charity endeavours include organizing a series of schools concerts, raising substantial funds for Oxfam.

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  • Jonathan Rutherford

    Jonathan Rutherford

    Jonathan is coordinator of New International Book Shop. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and has since completed a Postgraduate Diploma in history. Jonathan has had a long-time amateur interest in topics such as philosophy (especially meta-ethics), biblical studies and left/environmental politics.

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  • Robert Bender

    Robert Bender

    For many years, Robert taught accounting to students and authored textbooks on a variety of business subjects. His leadership of Jigsaw Victoria culminated in a major revision of adoption law around Australia. Robert is a long-time member and active contributor to both the freethought and conservation movements, serving in executive roles and delivering many talks.

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