Technologies are always coming out of networks that require other related ideas to have the next one. The fact that we have simultaneous independent invention as a norm works against the idea of the heroic inventor, that we’re dependent on them for inventions. These things will come when all the other pieces are ready.
The rapture of the nerds:
Transhumanism’s simulation theology
A fascinating detective story of the Enlightenment, told from a very personal perspective.
A new essay from Maciej on Idle Words is always a treat, and this latest dispatch from Yemen is as brilliantly-written as you’d expect.
Anger is an energy, especially when it’s coming from Tom …and for once, it’s not about the Semantic Web.
Seriously though, this is a great piece of writing. This is what blogs are for.
A great piece of reasoned explanation by Ricky Gervais.
A site that aims to ask and explore the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality, with a focus on science, religion, markets and morals.
A fascinating look at hypertext in illuminated manuscripts.
A filter (for Mac and PC) to block violence, misogyny, superstition and other mainstays of religious content.
A laugh-out-loud email exchange ...because if you didn't laugh, you'd cry.
A new take on an old classic: how to make communion wafers zingier.
I can't believe how forehead-slappingly stupid my home country can be sometimes.
Humanist text replacement.
A satirical parody of the BBC's "Thought for the Day". Slightly cruel, mostly funny and entirely brilliant.
Yours to cut out and keep.
Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world.
Just as with lolcats, the cumalitive effect of this lolcat/religion mashup is pure hilarity. I'll never look at religious iconography the same way again.
A blog devoted entirely to reshelving books in their correct categories in bookstores, specifically the science and religion categories. I approve.
I can has jenezis?
"The repetition this week of the weary old canard that atheism is 'a faith proposition' shows that our archbishops need a lesson in semantics."