Steps to Fundamentalist Adoption of New Technology

Unless you're a fundamentalist Calvinist, in which case substitute “Arminianism.” Via Skipper Georg Warnecke on Facebook.   [Read more…]

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Ancient Greek OCR

I haven’t tried it out yet, but the news AWOL shared about optical character recognition software that works with ancient Greek is exciting, and so I am passing it on now. If you get to try it out before I do, please let me know how it works!   [Read more…]

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The Internet Is Not Killing Religion

There have been a lot of posts about a recent study which showed a correlation between increasing internet use and decreasing religiosity. Some of them have headlines about “the internet killing religion.” It is worth asking some hard questions: If religion can be eliminated by the internet, what was it, and is it something worth [Read More…]

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Secret Heaven Test

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Saddest Search of the Internet Age

One of the reasons I focus so much attention on information literacy skills, and require students to not merely say “I found it on JSTOR,” is that it is important to know how to cope without resources that we normally rely on. The best example of this in our time is relying on Googling for [Read More…]

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Do People Have a Right to Anonymity?

This morning while I was busy with other things, an individual who goes by the nickname “Crude” got into a dispute with a commenter named Stuart32 here on the blog, and posted about it on his own blog “Crude Ideas.” In the process, the question of whether one of them knew something about the other’s actual [Read More…]

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Does The Internet Make People Atheists?

Via PZ Myers and a couple of other people, I became aware of an article with the title “How The Internet is Taking Away America’s Religion.”  Here is a chart from the article: There is definitely a need to avoid assuming that the correlation indicates causation. But I will certainly want to dig into the [Read More…]

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I Don’t Always Use Internet Explorer…

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Is Paper Dead?

For the start of a new semester, here are two humorous commercials which suggest that paper is not going to be completely replaced by digital tablets – although it does seem that, for at least some purposes, digital is just as good if not better. What do you think? [Read more…]

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Google Glass in Class

I have the opportunity to be one of the Google Glass Explorers and try out this new technology early. As someone who teaches information literacy skills, I’m very interested in seeing how it might or might not integrate into classroom use – whether by the professor alone, or at some point when most people have [Read More…]

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Jewish Androids

I finally got around to starting to watch The Big Bang Theory recently. It is hilarious! I was surprised by how much treatment of religion there is in the first half of the first season. I particularly liked the treatment of what it would mean to be a Jewish android, including circumcision and powering down [Read More…]

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