Doctor Who: The Ice Warriors

The episode The Ice Warriors from the Patrick Troughton era is particularly interesting to watch today, because it is set in a time in Earth’s future when humanity faces a crisis as a result of anthropogenic climate change. In this case, developments in both food production and population led humans to reduce the amount of [Read More…]

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Doctor Who: The War Machines (and the computer that knew the Doctor’s name)

The episode of Doctor Who, “The War Machines,” may seem to explore familiar terrain to viewers today. But keep in mind that this episode was written and aired not only decades before Skynet and the Terminator films, but also years before the movie Colossus: The Forbin Project was released. And so the Doctor Who episode [Read More…]

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On Installing a New University President

Yesterday, after the subject had come up of Butler University having recently installed its new president, someone asked me why it is that universities have this custom of hiring a new president and then, some months later, having an “installation.” I thought for a second and then replied, “It is a technological metaphor. For the [Read More…]

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Religious Information in a Digital Age (Bizarro Perspectives)

I find the approach many students take to the quest for reliable information mirrored in today’s Bizarro comic: The tendency is to go where Google searches direct you, to where the flashy advertising leads: In an age of advertising, it can be difficult to choose between the various things that one is told. One may [Read More…]

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Is Sin a Hardware Problem, a Software Problem, or Both?

One skill all educators need to cultivate is the ability to segue from where a conversation may be to where you need it to go. In my Sunday school class last Sunday, we were up to Romans 7, and the casual conversation before we began was about a computer in the church that had stopped [Read More…]

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The Seven Deadly Keystrokes

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How To Solve Any Computer Problem

It has been a while since this has been circulated, and so I thought it about time to share it again… [Read more…]

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Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This Until Now?

I was rather surprised to read an article today claiming that most people are unaware that they can search for keywords in documents and websites, as simply as pressing CTRL+F, entering the search term and clicking or pressing enter. I suspect that there are plenty of other things that some of us take for granted, [Read More…]

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Trojan Horse Update

Doug Chaplin informed us that his blog Clayboy is closing down and he is moving elsewhere. He started things up on his new blog, journeys in a stranger land, by offering this punny reworking of a classic cautionary tale: The modern day Mycenaean cyber-warriors devised a cunning plan to get into Troy. They sent the [Read More…]

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Artificial Minds and Human Religions

Given the recent release of Religion and Science Fiction, it is timely that I am able to share a chapter of mine from a conference volume which was published in Romania, and which thus will not get a lot of attention elsewhere, but which was a precursor to and overlaps with my chapter in Religion [Read More…]

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