In last week’s Australian Magazine, Nikki Gemmel bemoaned a generation whose brains are being eroded by too much smart phone usage. Addiction to phones is a cause of declining worker productivity as workers cannot withstand the power of the perpetual newsfeed with the average person spending a staggering 9 hours per day glued to their screen. Nikki wrote of her recent ‘digital ...

I spent last Shabbat with our Year 11 students on Zionist Camp. Once I had made the vege platters and put the schnitzels on the blech, I joined one of the groups for their ‘chavrutah’ session with Gavriel, one of the Madrichim from Israel. The session focussed on his experience as a shaliach in one of the Jewish communities in Germany and through his narrative he posed an impo ...

I came across an article this week from 2014 in which Jacoba Urist, a journalist from the Atlantic, interviewed Walter Mischel, influential and modern psychologist of the famed ‘marshmallow experiment’. Even once allowing for the factors of trust, environment, socio economic background and preferences for sweets, the marshmallow test was conclusive in its finding that children ...