Stephen Fyson

Character, not category

28 June 2023 5:30 am

We have lost ground on what good character means. It is because it has become harder and harder to know…

Putting the ‘artificial’ in intelligence: the morality of the digital mind

12 June 2023 12:39 pm

Artificial intelligence is, well, artificial. And the use of ‘intelligence’ in this label is a misnomer. AI machines cannot think.…

I am what I am – a family man

4 June 2023 5:00 am

‘I am what I am – a family man. Mother, father, brother.’ Fleetwood Mac, 1987. Are we allowed to say…

The supremacy of feelings

16 May 2023 5:00 am

We now have various psychological contexts being determined under regulation in Australia. One example is the workplace, which has changed…

False money, false budget, false hope

7 May 2023 4:00 am

Even before the Budget is given, we know it is false. That is because too much of the money on…

Help? What’s that?

26 April 2023 6:00 am

I have found myself sitting in gutters a number of times in my counselling psychology career. There is some kind…

A voice of emotion, not reason – of judgment, not mercy

15 April 2023 5:00 am

We humans have always been emotional. It is part of who we are as self-conscious beings. But the use of…

The devolution of Western teaching

6 April 2023 6:00 am

The National Curriculum is broken. So too is the profession of instruction and teaching. Each new Education Minister – be…

The psychology of moral evasion

27 March 2023 7:00 am

I heard the term ‘severe climate anxiety’ again today. It was reportedly used as a defence to help someone achieve…

Can teaching be politically neutral?

23 February 2023 6:00 am

Are people involved in a spiritual enterprise when they think, and therefore, when they teach? This might seem a far-fetched…

The Prime Minister is right – and very wrong

9 February 2023 5:00 am

Recently, the Prime Minister of Australia has been heard regularly professing, ‘There is enough information about the Voice out there…

There’s a hole in the bucket

3 February 2023 6:00 am

Do you know the song, There’s a hole in the bucket dear Liza, dear Liza? ‘Song’ might be too strong…

A (desperate) town called ‘Alice’

25 January 2023 7:00 am

The video records of what is happening in Australia’s red centre are disturbing at so many levels. This is a…

Mothers like mine

17 January 2023 10:01 am

We said goodbye to my mother last week. We committed her body and then celebrated her life. As I thought…

Happy Energophobia!

30 December 2022 4:00 am

It is the New Year season, so I thought we should celebrate around something that will be common to all…

Therapeutic justice: the unreligion of our age

10 December 2022 7:00 am

I am not a lawyer, but if I take at face value the description of a number of cases in…

Victoria’s eyes

4 December 2022 10:00 am

I recently had the experience of engaging with two Victorias. It was not planned – indeed, both ‘acquaintances’ were well…

Are you not entertained? Politics is the death of sport

13 November 2022 4:00 am

I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I drive home, I listen to a sports talk-back radio program. Recently,…

De-radicalisation programs are a nonsense

14 October 2022 11:00 am

There is so much confused thinking about thinking. It is some people’s belief that all you have to do to…

Republic: a play for unlimited power?

17 September 2022 11:02 am

Like many, the passing of Queen Elizabeth the Faithful has given me pause. The carefully planned and executed traditions of…

Dear Prime Minister, I am confused

7 September 2022 11:00 am

It might just be me, but I am confused about the first 100 days of our new Australian Prime Minister.…

The Voice: a hollow gesture?

14 July 2022 6:00 am

Australia’s new Prime Minister is sending out what he believes is a clarion call to move on and support a…

St Greta’s school for the environment?

29 May 2022 4:00 am

It is conceivable that sometime soon a group of parents and teachers will establish an entire school devoted to the…

The myth of unlimited resources

4 May 2022 2:00 pm

Money is simply an idea. It is a shortcut to make life, not only simpler, but more dynamic. It is…

Once a socialist, always a socialist

23 April 2022 12:00 pm

I remember the first time I sat in the old town square in Poznan, Poland. I was so taken by…