iToddler: How Soon Is Too Soon To Expose Kids To Technology?

When I was a child, my family made a strict decision to keep gaming consoles out of the house. Game Boys and PlayStations were all devices meant to be played at our cousin's house, or while waiting around at a friend's house, but not at home. In a way, it opened my mind to other activities.However, buying a Game Boy eventually became a primary goal in my young life. I saved up all my money, asked both the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus for a system, and kept nagging my parents. Dad finally … [Read more...]

ELSEWHERE: Why Algorithms Cannot Replace Human Intuition

In a recent article in Aeon Magazine, journalist Stephen Poole makes the argument that Artificial intelligence and algorithms will never be able to replace the human intuition.  Poole's arguments are increasingly relevant considering how a number of everyday processes are becoming quickly replaced by computers and databases. … [Read more...]

Is Iron Man More Ethical Than Captain America?

Well, you can forget it. I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one. To turn over the Iron Man suit would be to turn over myself, which is tantamount to indentured servitude or prostitution, depending on what state you're in. You can't have it.- Tony Stark You know what the #1 movie was for the weekend of May 3, 2013? No, it wasn't the live telecast of "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me." It was Iron Man 3, the first post-Avengers film released by Marvel. And man, was it a ride. Iron Man is one of the … [Read more...]

Quitting The Internet Won’t Make You A Better Person

Several weeks ago, I wrote that there are times when I'd like to see the Internet burn to the ground. The event that I describe in that article, and the resulting controversy, vitriol, and hatred, might lead you to think that there's something off-kilter about the Internet itself. That maybe the amount to which we put ourselves online is having deleterious effects, and that if we spent a little more time offline, we might be better off as people.There may be some truth to that -- much has … [Read more...]

Podcast #118: Pam, Jim and the Office (Plus the Cussing TV Anchor)

Every week on the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast, various Christ and Pop Culture writers delve deeper into recent articles and address some of the bigger issues in popular culture. Click here to listen!In this episode of the CaPC podcast, Editor-in-Chief Richard Clark and Associate Editor (we guess?) Ben Bartlett take time to contemplate the relational direction of the final season of The Office and how it reflects human nature. They also explore the various reactions to the "Cussing TV … [Read more...]

How Should We Handle Tragedy In The Digital Age?

Tragedy is everywhere. The first notable one for me was 9/11. I was living in Hawaii and had just woken up to find my mom freaked out because of some attack in New York.  I was 9, and so it just didn't matter to me at the time. All I knew was that I got the day off from school because of it. When I was younger, I was oblivious to the conflicts and events of human history. My parents rarely talked about the news; our life revolved around us flying to this thing or that church event. I learned the … [Read more...]

Painting Pinterest in a Positive Light

Let's pretend, for a moment, that it's 5 o'clock on a weeknight and you have no idea what to do for dinner. If you're like me, this describes you on any given night of the week. I absolutely love to cook, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I don't do a good job of menu planning and all that entails. Lucky for me, there's Pinterest. With a simple search, such as blackbean burgers, there are more recipes than I know what to do with.And Pinterest is not just for recipes. What if I don't know how … [Read more...]

The Government Wants To Map Your Brain… And That’s A Good Thing

How well do you know your own brain?  Can you tell the difference between your occipital lobe and your hippocampus? Many scientists have studied the human brain, but have little understanding of the total functions involved with it, and why this part does that. There are lots of theories, but little is solidified. We're not even sure where or why the human consciousness exists: whether it exists in only one portion of the mind, or in its total performance of its functions.It is for this r … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Enjoy May

April is, if not the cruelest, at least one of the slowest months in pop-culture land.  While you’re waiting for the summer blockbusters to arrive, here are five things to look forward to in May -- and ways to entertain yourself in the meantime.1. The Great Gatsby (In theatres May 10) If Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel carries half the punch of its trailer, this film will probably leave you wondering why exactly you didn’t read the book when it was assigned … [Read more...]

Does Loneliness Kill the Soul?

"Lonely/I'm Mr. lonely/I have nobody for my own." - Bobby Vinton, "Mr. Lonely"So, how lonely are we?  Well, if everything is to be believed, then Facebook is making us lonely, the Internet is making us lonely, telephones are making us lonely, and generally, everything that doesn't directly engage with others is making us lonely.And here's some more good news about your loneliness: It might just be shortening your life. Or, to put it another way, social isolation might be killing y … [Read more...]