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Child care and the damage myth

About two months ago, a very important piece of child development research was published with little fanfare. The research examined whether the amount of time a child spends in child care has an impact…

Sports betting and children

This is not something I like to talk about much, but I was in fact a child star. Well, by ‘child star’ I mean that I appeared on TV when I was 10-years-old for exactly 4 minutes and 31 seconds. Oh, and…

Not autistic, but human

Over the past few weeks, I have been contacted by several people asking me to put pen to paper about the Newtown shootings, and how some say that the shooter may have had autism. I have resisted for several…
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Serial killers, Prime Ministers and divorcees

Few people can claim to have the scientific pedigree of Sir Francis Galton (1822 - 1911). Both of Galton’s grandfathers - Samuel ‘John’ Galton and Erasmus Darwin - were key thinkers during the Midlands…
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Mrs Russell’s idea

On September the 26th 1992, my life changed forever. It was the week before my 11th birthday, and the West Coast Eagles had just won their first premiership. Football – that’s Aussie Rules for international…
humpty dumpty.

The horror show of nursery rhymes

Have you ever driven through an intersection, only to wonder 50 metres down the road whether the traffic lights were indeed green? How about meeting someone at a party, having a rather enjoyable discussion…
angry boy.

Does smacking leave a mark on children?

John Duns Scotus is considered one of the most important Western philosophers of the High Middle Age. He is also, believe it or not, the origin of one of the modern world’s most peculiar forms of child…
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Do video games corrupt childhood?

Nolan Bushnell was born in 1943, a child of wartime America. The son of a cement contractor, Bushnell dutifully took over the family concrete business at the age of 15 when his father passed away. But…

The media and the messy truth of autism

The Australian current affairs programme Four Corners last night broadcast the documentary Autism Enigma, which profiles an emerging theory of autism. It left me feeling slightly uneasy, and I’ve een asked…