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.
Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
The rapture of the nerds:
Transhumanism’s simulation theology
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
A fascinating detective story of the Enlightenment, told from a very personal perspective.
Monday, July 7th, 2014
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.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
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.
Monday, December 20th, 2010
A great piece of reasoned explanation by Ricky Gervais.
Sunday, August 29th, 2010
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.
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
A fascinating look at hypertext in illuminated manuscripts.
Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
A filter (for Mac and PC) to block violence, misogyny, superstition and other mainstays of religious content.
Monday, June 28th, 2010
A laugh-out-loud email exchange ...because if you didn't laugh, you'd cry.
Saturday, June 5th, 2010
A new take on an old classic: how to make communion wafers zingier.
Friday, January 1st, 2010
I can't believe how forehead-slappingly stupid my home country can be sometimes.
Monday, June 15th, 2009
Humanist text replacement.
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
A satirical parody of the BBC's "Thought for the Day". Slightly cruel, mostly funny and entirely brilliant.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
South by secularity
On the Sunday afternoon in the middle of South by Southwest Interactive, Andy, Jessica and I took some time out for a very pleasant Mexican lunch at Las Manitas with Sean Bonner, Tantek, Ariel and our anglo-Canadian musical masters, Matt and Hannah.
As lunch neared its end, every single mobile device at the table began to vibrate with ever greater frequency. We were missing the now-infamous interview by Sarah Lacey of Mark Zuckerburg but Twitter was giving us a blow-by-blow account of the debacle. The most astute observation was delivered from afar by Tom Morris:
On balance, we were all pretty glad that we were missing the train wreck.
We got the bill and started paying up. Tantek began going through each of his dollar bills with a felt-tipped pen, crossing out the word “God” from the phrase
In God We Trust. I asked the obvious question.
Tantek, what are you doing? His answer:
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
Yours to cut out and keep.
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world.
Friday, September 28th, 2007
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.
Monday, July 30th, 2007
A blog devoted entirely to reshelving books in their correct categories in bookstores, specifically the science and religion categories. I approve.
Friday, July 20th, 2007
I can has jenezis?