Links for 22nd September 2008

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Scientists are trying to engage with believers but it won’t resolve the big questions

    "Many people, whatever happens, will remain "don't knows", and this is a smart group to belong to. Both the theories of evolution and quantum physics stumble over the question of first cause: the process by which nothingness became something. It's this zone of unknowability that leads to physicists using such loaded language as "the God particle" and has made evolutionists, especially in the US, vulnerable to the counter-dogma of "intelligent design"."

    Tagged with: religionsciencebeliefempiricismscepticism

  2. MySpace Music hears the antitrust song

    "The problem? Not everyone can play. Independents say they're being frozen out of the new venture. No independent music company has inked a deal with the News Corp, and independent labels report that they've been blocked from uploading their music. And since MySpace Music is a joint equity venture between News Corp and the three biggest labels, which control 70 per cent of the US recorded music business, the trouble might only be starting."

    Tagged with: musicMySpaceindieantitrustrecordlabelbusiness

  3. Tomorrow Matters

    "I've sometimes called futures thinking a "wind-tunnel," a way of testing plans and ideas. Now I think that's a bit limited. Futures thinking is perhaps better understood as an immune system for our civilization."

    Tagged with: futurismforesightthinking

  4. Stanford Engineering Everywhere

    Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) expands the Stanford experience to students and educators online. A computer and an Internet connection is all you need. View lecture videos, access reading lists and other course handouts, take quizzes and tests, and communicate with other SEE students, all at your convenience.

    Tagged with: onlineengineeringeducationtutorialscoursesOpenCourseWareStanford

  5. The Army’s Totally Serious Mind-Control Project

    "… the U.S. Army has just awarded a $4 million contract to begin developing "thought helmets" that would harness silent brain waves for secure communication among troops. Ultimately, the Army hopes the project will "lead to direct mental control of military systems by thought alone.""

    Tagged with: technologyUSmilitarymindmachineinterfacebraincommunication

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