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Blogs will save us from objective journalism.

June 28, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Blogs will save us from objective journalism.

Bill O’Reilly hates the blogosphere. He hates many things, of course, among them Pepsi, rapper Ludacris, a wide array of conventional media outlets, and even some of his own guests. But today I focus on an entire media outlet that O’Reilly labels as biased, lacking in evidence, and in large part sensationalized: political blogs. Of […]

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How many friends/acquaintances can I have?

June 27, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
How many friends/acquaintances can I have?

In a book called Evolutionary Psychology: A Beginner’s Guide (2005), Robin Dunbar, Louise Barrett and John Lycett addressed this issue.  The book drew on additional research that can be found in Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, by Robin Dunbar (1997). We don’t have limited numbers of friends and acquaintances merely because we choose […]

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New legislation will reduce access to competitive Internet content and services.

June 13, 2006 | By | Reply More
New legislation will reduce access to competitive Internet content and services.

On June 8, 2006, the House passed telecommunications legislation “that will leave many consumers worse off, facing cable rate hikes, declines in service quality, inadequate consumer protections, and reduced access to competitive Internet content and services.”  The Act, H.R. 5252, is oxymoronically called the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act. In one of the most […]

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Regarding local television “news”

June 12, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Regarding local television “news”

In May, 2005, I was among the more than 2,500 media reformers from across the country who attended the National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis.  The conference was sponsored by Freepress.  The presenters included Amy Goodman, Phil Donahue, Bill Moyers, Robert W. McChesney and George Lakoff.  It was an extraordinary event. Much of […]

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The importance of false and oxymoronic religious claims

June 4, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
The importance of false and oxymoronic religious claims

Quite often, our use of language is puzzling, indeed.  For instance, we often walk up to each other asking, “How are you doing?” or “what’s happening?” when we would be annoyed if the person we addressed tried to answer our question.  We spend a lot of time talking about the weather when it really doesn’t affect […]

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Where is the consistency in Republican positions?

June 3, 2006 | By | Reply More
Where is the consistency in Republican positions?

In a past post, Grumpypilgrim asked : “Why do the two parties divide the issues the way they do, and who decided that the issues should be divided the way they are?” I’ve often wondered that too.   After all, you would think that the “pro life” Republicans would also be against capital punishment.  You might think […]

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Good news on Internet neutrality

May 26, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Good news on Internet neutrality

This, from http://www.freepress.net/ :  A bipartisan majority on the House Judiciary Committee yesterday passed the “Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act” — a good bill that would use antitrust law to protect Network Neutrality. Special thanks to those of you who called the key members who cast the deciding votes. The question before us is simple: Will […]

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The Brain is not a Computer.

May 18, 2006 | By | 31 Replies More
The Brain is not a Computer.

How often do you hear someone say that the brain is a computer?  This statement is not literally true. The brain is certainly not like a desktop computer. Brains don’t look like computers; there’s no CPU in the head.  Neurons aren’t all wired together to an executive control center.  Human brains have a massively parallel […]

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How We Really Think About Religion and Politics: The Power of Metaphors

May 17, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
How We Really Think About Religion and Politics: The Power of Metaphors

And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong! The above is an excerpt from “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” a poem on which John Godfrey re-told an ancient Indian fable […]

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