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TED | Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles”

October 30, 2013


Mark Zuckerberg, a journalist was asking him a question about the news feed. And the journalist was asking him, “Why is this so important?” And Zuckerberg said, A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa. And I want to talk about what […]

When God Spoke Greek | Notes & Review

October 24, 2013


Timothy Michael Law. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. (216 pages) 1 Why This Book? Here was real, hold-in-your-hands proof that some biblical books once existed in a different form. (3) There are at least four reasons why you may find what follows interesting. […]

TED | Stuart Firestein: The pursuit of ignorance

October 13, 2013


There is an ancient proverb that says it’s very difficult to find a black cat in a dark room, especially when there is no cat. I find this a particularly apt description of science and how science works — bumbling around in a dark room, bumping into things, trying to figure out what shape this […]

The Shallows | Notes & Review

October 10, 2013


Nicholas Car. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. (276 pages) Prologue: The Watchdog and the Thief What both enthusiast and skeptic miss is what McLuhan saw: that in the long run a medium’s content matters less than the medium itself in influencing how we think […]