Archive for August, 2006

RIAA copyright education contradictory, critics say | CNET News.com

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

RIAA copyright education contradictory, critics say | CNET News.com

This CNetNews article (received via Stephen Downes) points out some of the lies told by Recording Industry advocates. By extending their campaign against “piracy” to become itself a theft of existing public rights they lose any moral authority that their case may have had in the first place.

Michael Geist – 30 Days of DRM

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Michael Geist – 30 Days of DRM

Aronson on Gratitude

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Gratitude may not be quite the word, but this a TPM Online Article by Ronald Aronson does identify a feeling that it may be worthwhile to acknowledge and foster. I too, often find comfort in having a sense of adaptation to the environment (to the extent that it feels as if the environment was designed for my own pleasure rather than vice versa) and of the fact that enjoying that sense is itself part of the adaptation.

Blood on the tracks – The Boston Globe

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Blood on the tracks – The Boston Globe

The Terrorists Among Us by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal Summer 2006

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

The Terrorists Among Us by Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal Summer 2006
In what is primarily a review of John Updike’s new book Dalrymple points out that often “The refusal of free inquiry derives from an awareness of the fragility of the basis of religious faith; and since certainty is psychologically preferable to truth, the former often being willfully mistaken for the latter, anything that threatens certainty is anathematized with fury.

Muslims are hardly the only ones, either in the past or the present, who experience difficulty in relinquishing their most cherished ideas and presuppositions. It is a normal human trait. (Darwin, in his Autobiography, tells us that when he came across a fact that threw some doubt upon the theory he was developing, he wrote it down, for otherwise he was sure to forget it.) But when a system of ideas and set beliefs claims eternal validity and infallibility, when people adopt that system as their primary source of identity, and when into the bargain those people find themselves in a position of long-standing and seemingly irreversible technical and economic inferiority and dependence vis-�-vis people with very different ideas and beliefs, resentment is certain to result.”

Philosophy Talk on Beauty

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

On Beauty
at Philosophy Talk: The Blog

Wes Fryer’s journey of faith to Jesus

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Wes Fryer has posted a response to a request I made for more insight into why intelligent people adopt specific religious faiths.

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Differences between the sexes

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Differences between the sexes | The mismeasure of woman | Economist.com seems to be a reasonably balanced summary

The Future of Philosophy

Friday, August 4th, 2006

At the PhilosophyTalk blog, Ken Taylor follows up on a radio discussion of The Future of Philosophy

EdTechPost: Blackboard Patent and Prior Art

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Scott Leslie comments in his EdTechPost on the Blackboard Patent and Prior Art.

I find the patenting of obvious and/or commonplace techniques and concepts to be grossly offensive and believe that I will now find it necessary to avoid any further use of WebCT and switch to open alternatives like Moodle – and to urge all of my colleagues to do likewise.

AlterNet: Evidence of Election Fraud Grows in Mexico

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

AlterNet: Evidence of Election Fraud Grows in Mexico