Homo Deus

In his book Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari writes, “Despite all the talk of radical Islam and Christian fundamentalism, the most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective is not the Islamic State or the Bible Belt, but Silicon Valley. That’s where hi-tech gurus are brewing for us brave new religions that have little [Read More…]

Reevaluating Your Faith Management System

On Sunday, my congregation, Crooked Creek Baptist Church, celebrated its 180th anniversary. It is the third oldest church in Indianapolis, and older than Butler University (among other things, including a significant number of countries). The following day I attended CanvasCon, a day-long event about a Learning Management System called Canvas. Butler University currently uses Moodle, and [Read More…]

Bus Stop Zen

When I saw this individual in what looked like the lotus position at a bus stop, I had to snap a photo. When I looked more closely as I prepared to blog about it, I realized that the man was not meditating, but looking at his phone. But it seems to me that there is [Read More…]

Look Up

The above video, “Look Up,” might be a useful counter to the concern that keeps our eyes on our phones so often: FOMO or “Fear Of Missing Out.” See also the New York Times piece from 2016 on whether we are more or less connected as a result of being always connected through technology. Here’s [Read More…]

Call for Papers – AI and Apocalypse

Call for Papers AI and Apocalypse Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM) April 5 – 6, 2018. Inside the Big Top at the Panacea Charitable Trust gardens, Bedford, United Kingdom CenSAMM Symposia Series 2018 / www.censamm.org Abstracts are due by December 31, 2017. We invite papers from those working across [Read More…]

Cyborg Classics Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce a one-day symposium, sponsored by BIRTHA (The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts) to be held at the University of Bristol, on Friday July 7th 2017. Keynote speakers: Dr Kate Devlin (Goldsmiths) Dr Genevieve Liveley (Bristol) Dr Rae Muhlstock (NYU) The aim of the day is to bring [Read More…]

How Many Unread E-Mails In Your Inbox?

I love this PHD Comic. At this moment I am down to 22 “unread” e-mails. Of course, “unread” often meams marked unread to remind you to revisit them later. Do you do that as well? Do you insist on dealing with all e-mails immediately? Or do you use your inbox as a place not just [Read More…]

Would You Vote for a Machine for President?

Sometimes my class on Religion and Science Fiction seems to be incredibly practical, despite the impression the title might give. Yesterday we talked about whether it would be a good idea to ask an artificial intelligence whether God exists. The conversations we had were great, and included a contribution from Siri which led to one student [Read More…]

Hacker Fight

I enjoyed this video which pokes fun at the difference between hacking as depicted in movies like The Matrix, and in real life. My blog name may have changed, but I’m still “exploring our matrix.” [Read more…]

Siri, Pray For Me

The last time my Religion and Science Fiction class met, we continued a conversation about Arthur C. Clarke’s story “The Nine Billion Names of God.” Since the story mentions motorized prayer wheels at a monastery in Tibet, I thought that focusing in on that detail might be useful, as a way of highlighting that readers – whether [Read More…]