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James Howard Kunstler on Why Technology Won't Save Us | Jeff Goodell | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"In his latest book, Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation, Kunstler zeroes in on the central narrative of our time: that we are a highly evolved and technologically sophisticated civilization that will use our ingenuity and engineering expertise to come up with a solution to all the problems we face, from the end of cheap oil to the arrival of extreme climate change.  In other words, we're not going to collapse into the dust bin of history like the Mayans or the Easter Islanders, because we have iPads and antibiotics."
future  technology  optimism  pessimism  technology-cycles  environment  failure 
august 2012
Information Need: A Theory Connecting Information Search to Knowledge Formation - $59.50 : American Society for Information Science and Technology, Bookstore
Charles Cole digs deep into the need that motivates people to search for information and articulates a theory of information need as the basis for designing information retrieval (IR) systems that engage the user's knowledge/belief system. Cole describes how such systems use signals from the user's own information environment to reduce overload, improve search results, and enhance the usefulness of information delivered on mobile devices. He explains the benefits for disadvantaged sectors of society and profiles a working system. Information Need is an important text for researchers and students in information science, computer science, and HCI, and for anyone interested in current IR theory, practice, and systems design.
book  publisher  information  theory 
august 2012
Improving the Discussion Board - Lehigh University
"Guidelines for Discussion Board Writing

"The art of writing on the discussion board is to keep the conversation going.""
education  online  discussion  pedagogy 
august 2012
The closing of American academia - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
"In most professions, salaries below the poverty line would be cause for alarm. In academia, they are treated as a source of gratitude. "
academia  work  labor  employment  adjunct  instruction  education  graduate-student 
august 2012
The United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit (Experts Discuss Privacy Protection in the Internet Age)
""Those who would invade have been doing it a long time and those who would protect are much less organized. We may not be able to ‘un-ring’ the bell of future privacy invasion," Ohm said."
panel  privacy  law  big-data 
august 2012
On the Intrinsic Value of Everything // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"On the Intrinsic Value of Everything Scott A. Davison, On the Intrinsic Value of Everything, Continuum, 2012, 150pp., $24.95 "
book  review  philosophy  value  axiology  intrinsic  objects 
august 2012
Duke's PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge: Accepting Local Applications Now | HASTAC
"In Fall 2012, Duke will be starting a new PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, residing in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Smith Warehouse and partnering with many existing programs on campus. "
school(Duke)  digital-library  digital  information  pedagogy  teaching 
august 2012
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » You Know What You Write: The Textbook Method for Ultra-Learning
"Here we have a nice comparison. In two cases I spent roughly the same amount of time trying to learn new knowledge. In one case, I efficiently mastered a new area, while in another, I ended up frustrated.

The comparison highlights the power of a simple act: describing and organizing information in your own words."
learning  hints  tips  advice  studying 
august 2012
Technoculture | a peer reviewed scholarly journal for technology studies, publishing both creative and critical works
"a peer reviewed scholarly journal for technology studies, publishing both creative and critical works"
journal  technology  culture 
august 2012
NodeXL: Network Overview, Discovery and Exploration for Excel
"NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007 and 2010 that makes it easy to explore network graphs. "
network-analysis  networks  microsoft  software  visualization  analysis  graphics 
august 2012
Volunteering // Science of Generosity // University of Notre Dame
"The following is an excerpt from “More about Generosity: An Addendum to the Generosity, Social Psychology and Philanthropy Literature Reviews,” (University of Notre Dame, July 7, 2009)."
volunteer  generosity  community  reference  bibliography 
august 2012
U.S. Intellectual History: Review: Woodhouse on Turner's *The Promise of Wilderness*
"Review of James Morton Turner's, The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964 (University of Washington Press, 2012)."
book  review  environment  history  intellectual  law  politics  movement  activism  nature  philosophy  2h20c 
august 2012
Setting the world on fire for Jesus
"So why did everyone assume that this man was an evangelical Christian?
Because he’s anti-gay.
More specifically, because he’s disproportionately concerned with being anti-gay and he’s choosing to express that concern in a goofy, obnoxious and destructive way.
And in the present age, in 2012 in America, all of that marked this man as an evangelical Christian just as surely as if he were wearing a Jesus-fish necklace and a Newsboys T-shirt."
religion  evangelical  image  belief  homosexuality 
august 2012
Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue, and we don’t know it - O'Reilly Radar
"Data doesn’t invade people’s lives. Lack of control over how it’s used does.

What’s really driving so-called big data isn’t the volume of information. It turns out big data doesn’t have to be all that big. Rather, it’s about a reconsideration of the fundamental economics of analyzing data."
big-data  economics  freedom  privacy  data-mining  control 
august 2012
The causality analysis of climate change and large-scale human crisis
"Recent studies have shown strong temporal correlations between past climate changes and societal crises. However, the specific causal mechanisms underlying this relation have not been addressed. We explored quantitative responses of 14 fine-grained agro-ecological, socioeconomic, and demographic variables to climate fluctuations from A.D. 1500–1800 in Europe."
climate-change  environment  history  civilization  determinism  anthropology  collapse  society 
august 2012
Collapse, environment, and society
"Historical collapse of ancient states poses intriguing social-ecological questions, as well as potential applications to global change and contemporary strategies for sustainability. Five Old World case studies are developed to identify interactive inputs, triggers, and feedbacks in devolution. Collapse is multicausal and rarely abrupt."
climate-change  environment  history  civilization  determinism  anthropology  collapse  society 
august 2012
[1208.0215] The Making of a Genius: Richard P. Feynman
"In 1965 the Nobel Foundation honored Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Julian Schwinger, and Richard Feynman for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics and the consequences for the physics of elementary particles. In contrast to both of his colleagues only Richard Feynman appeared as a genius before the public. In his autobiographies he managed to connect his behavior, which contradicted several social and scientific norms, with the American myth of the "practical man". This connection led to the image of a common American with extraordinary scientific abilities and contributed extensively to enhance the image of Feynman as genius in the public opinion. Is this image resulting from Feynman's autobiographies in accordance with historical facts? This question is the starting point for a deeper historical analysis that tries to put Feynman and his actions back into historical context. The image of a "genius" appears then as a construct resulting from the public reception of brilliant scientific research. "
physics  sts  science  history  biography  genius 
august 2012
Evgeny Morozov: The Naked And The TED | The New Republic
"The Khannas are typical of the TED crowd in that they do not express much doubt about anything. Their pronouncements about political structures are as firm and arrogant as some scientists’ pronouncements about the cognitive structures of the brain. Whatever problems lurk on the horizon are imagined primarily as problems of technology, which, given enough money, brain power, and nutritional supplements, someone in Silicon Valley should be in a position to solve. This is consistent with TED’s adoption of a decidedly non-political attitude, as became apparent in a recent kerfuffle over a short talk on inequality given by a venture capitalist—who else?—which TED refused to release for fear that it might offend too many rich people."
trend  technology  philosophy  popular  promotion  technocracy  ideology  economics 
august 2012
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