Random, Assorted, Miscellaneous, Etc.

A couple of items for your consideration.  Actually make that three.

First off, sociologist Peter Berger has recently begun blogging at The American Interest Online.  His blog, Religion and Other Curiosities, has been up since early July and features longer, less frequent and consistently thoughtful posts.

Secondly, two blogs I follow, Science and Religion Today and Rob Dreher’s old blog on Beliefnet, have both moved to Big Questions OnlineBQO, a publication of the John Templeton Foundation, just launched today and focuses on science, religion, market, and morals.  Check it out.  Already up today are pieces by a wide array of writers including David Bentley Hart (reviewing Marilynne Robinson’s Absence of Mind), Susan Jacoby, Roger Scruton, and Josef Joffe on topics ranging from freedom of conscience at Catholic hospitals, the significance of evolutionary theory for all disciplines, and Islam’s teaching on debt.  This promises to be a rich resource for serious thinking about several critical dimensions of society.  Make sure read to Hart’s review.

Lastly, we’ve commented a good bit on here about the impact of the Internet on our thinking.  Nicholas Carr and his critics have been the subject of more than a few posts.  Well, that being the case I’m a little embarrassed to report that I just recently came across this year’s World Question on The EdgeThe Edge, which is itself a mine of interesting material, solicits responses to its question of the year from leading thinkers, scientists, artists, writers, etc.  This year’s question:  How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? Responses were posted in January.  I realize that in Internet time that might as well have been a lifetime ago, but there it is, better late than never.

Some of the usual suspects that we’ve noted here before have contributed responses including Nicholas Carr, Clay Shirky, and Steven Pinker.  You may also want to take a look at responses from Jaron Lanier, Richard Foreman, James O’Donnell, and Sherry Turkle.

Enjoy.  If you get through all that and still need to be intellectually stimulated you can check out 15 Google Interview Questions That Will Make You Feel Stupid.

3 thoughts on “Random, Assorted, Miscellaneous, Etc.

  1. thanks for Big Questions Online. I just found another way to lose half a day following rabbit trails of fascinating blogs and reading. vengeance is mine, sacasas. and I mean that in the most non-threatening way possible.

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