• The moral maze

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 17, 2021

    The development of scientific techniques can outpace the legal and ethical boundaries society sets to control them. Where should the line be drawn between the common good and personal rights?

  • High jinks with helium

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 14, 2021

    Helium is best known as the gas used in airships and party balloons, but its rarity gives it a strategic significance which may have shaped Australia’s engagement with East Timor.

  • The more you know, the less you need

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 1, 2021

    Indigenous traditions of food cultivation highlight the different approaches of European and indigenous people to environmental knowledge and land management.

  • They’re here…?

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 29, 2021

    Recent revelations of UFO sightings by American Navy fighter pilots may not be proof of alien visitation, but are certainly worthy of further serious scientific investigation.

  • On bias

    Alan Stevenson     |      March 31, 2021

    We all need to learn to recognise our own bias and learn about other people, their ways of life, their beliefs, their ways of doing things. Only then can we live together in harmony.

  • F is for fake – and fortune

    Alan Stevenson     |      March 26, 2021

    Art forgery has been a lucrative trade down the ages, but do its victims only have their own greed to blame?

  • Women are right to protest

    Alan Stevenson     |      March 19, 2021

    The upsurge of women coming out fighting on the issue of sexual harrassment at work should not come as a surprise.

  • The opiate of the people

    Alan Stevenson     |      February 10, 2021

    For better or worse, religion remains a pervasive influence on human society around the world, but a strict separation between religion and politics is in the best interest of believers and non-believers alike.

  • Slavery and society

    Alan Stevenson     |      December 15, 2020

    Society should define tasks best left to humans, as well as what can safely be left to autonomous machines, as once a machine takes over a task it will not be an easy to reclaim it.

  • Robots and the law

    Alan Stevenson     |      December 12, 2020

    Autonomous machines able to think and act for themselves were once the stuff of science fiction, but now they are becoming reality, we need to delve back into a classic novel series for rules to protect ourselves.

  • This year – A Victorian perspective

    Alan Stevenson     |      November 16, 2020

    As Victoria finally emerges from its long lock-down and travel restrictions begin to ease between the states, Alan Stevenson looks back at the experience and finds rays of hope for his community in what has been a dark year for the country.

  • Watch the skies!

    Alan Stevenson     |      June 30, 2020

    The release of footage from US Navy jets tracking fast moving, unidentified craft has rekindled interest in the possibility of alien visitors from distant worlds.