Archive for January 11th, 2008

Counterknowledge and the Web

| January 11, 2008 | 11 Replies
Counterknowledge and the Web

I stumbled onto this excellent column by Damian Thompson about the modern proliferation of pseudo-information. That is, the way various formerly obscure conspiracy cults (UFO’s, moon landing hoaxers, second-shooters, 9/11 Truthers, Flat Earthers, Young Earthers, Inflating Earthers, etc) manage to disseminate their beliefs convincingly to wide and gullible audiences. Before Gutenberg, only reliable, church-approved texts […]

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Short but powerful

| January 11, 2008 | 2 Replies
Short but powerful

Here’s a video I found that I want to share with you. Its message is strong and, technically speaking, well delivered.

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Reading about black holes might make you feel small and insignificant

| January 11, 2008 | 3 Replies
Reading about black holes might make you feel small and insignificant

I warned you, but you’re going to click on this link anyway, because you’re too damned curious.   Here’s an excerpt from this NewScientist article: The most massive known black hole in the universe has been discovered, weighing in with the mass of 18 billion Suns. Observing the orbit of a smaller black hole around this […]

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