Socrates:“The unexamined life is not worth living.“ About two weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about a couple we both knew. They’d been married for a few years, not too long (I can’t remember how long exactly), and Continue reading I’ll Take Boredom Over Facebook Anyday
flickr user nirak In the late 60’s, Stewart Brown posited that information wants to be expensive and free at the same time. That the tension between these competing desires will not go away, they will always fight one another. This continues Continue reading Information wants to be expensive.
Columbus Breaking the Egg (Christopher Columbus) by William Hogarth For a scientist — or anyone for that matter — to proclaim the discovery of a physical thing (a country, a particle, a planet, a new species of fish) has always Continue reading Columbus and a Sea of Blue Ideas
“House of Knowledge” by Jaume Plensa If the internet or blogs were old enough to have what one might call a tradition, we can be sure that it would be predominantly based in retelling what is new, what is breaking Continue reading The Wizard and the Great Zeitgeist
The London 2012 Olympics are embracing the social web, especially Twitter. You can follow just about every athlete, team and news organization, along with a variety of Olympic Twitter feeds. Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to Continue reading Olympics, Twitter, and Access to Information
It is fairly easy to find information on the internet, but how can we find good information on the web? A blogger for Scientific American provides several tips for finding high quality content on the web. Among his recommendations are Continue reading Finding good information online: A Biologist’s perspective
Seattle Times guest columnists Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg push back on the prevailing idea that today’s college students are slackers. Rather, these researchers argue that colleges must retool to help young people learn the skills to negotiate Continue reading College students eager to learn but need help negotiating the information overload!