Tag Archives: the Internet

President Obama’s Legacy: America at One Gigabit Per Second?

In The New York Times this week, Thomas Friedman shared his take on the world we live in: It’s a world in which the increasing velocity of globalization and the Information Technology revolution are reshaping every job, workplace and industry. … Continue reading

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Should Atheists Insert Themselves into Religious Discussions and Theological Disputes?

The reason atheists can (and should) enter into religious discussions and theological disputes, judging religions, is because Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, Krishna, and Buddha do not belong to the faiths to which they are associated. In the 21st century, these figures … Continue reading

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Barnes and Noble Used to Be a Bookstore

And the fact that it’s not anymore suggests (at least to me) that the franchise is dying. Just last night, for example, I went into my nearby Barnes and Noble in northern Los Angeles County and had a look around. While … Continue reading

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Forbidden Intellectual Porn: The Under 30 Crowd Appears to Be Dropping the Religious Beliefs of Their Parents in Record Numbers? Why?

Ted Cox, a former Mormon who lost his own faith in a library, has a theory: knowledge is power—it’s long been the forbidden fruit—and the Internet makes that fruit more widely and readily accessible than ever before (to religion’s detriment): Preachers and pastors lament the … Continue reading

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Choir Me Virtual

First, people audition: Then Eric Whitacre puts them all together: Does geography matter anymore?

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A clever ad worth seeing

This ad demonstrates the ways in which people at once reveal and conceal their physical traits and personas  to others online: Who are you, really?

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Harper’s Index Has Been Catalogued, and is Now a Searchable Data Base!

How cool is this? Harper’s Magazine has made its popular Index searchable! You can now go to the Harper’s Index page here, type in, say, “evolution” or “Walt Whitman,” and find suprising and curious little stats about them. Sometimes you might even … Continue reading

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The Internet v. Newspapers (in 1981)

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A Non-God Collective Delusion?: Mind Control Conspiracy Web Sites Remind Some Mental Health Professionals of the Delusions Shared by Insular Religious and UFO Groups

The NY Times today has a fascinating article on people who believe that they are under constant surveillance by the government—and who comfort one another via Internet sites devoted to this “problem.” The article likens the phenomenon to insular religious groups: The extent of … Continue reading

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