Loneliness vs. Electric Shock. Who wins?

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Blaise Pascal famously wrote: “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone,” and now science shows us a deeper truth: that we would rather administer electric shocks to ourselves than sit quietly in a room alone. Read on below. The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders [...]

Read Schuchardt to Speak at Christ Community Church as Part of #TrendingNow Series

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Co-founder and chairman of Second Nature‘s editorial board Read Mercer Schuchardt will be speaking throughout the weekend of July 12th and 13th at Christ Community Church, a multi-site evangelical church in Illinois. Part of their summer “#TrendingNow: Christ & Culture” series, Schuchardt will be “analyzing the so-called ‘better quality of life’ provided by technology in the post-digital [...]

Look Up

Look Up

“I have 422 friends, yet I’m lonely.” This is for all of us who need a reminder to shut our computers and look up from our smart phones, but who respond better to advice when it rhymes. Written, performed and directed by Gary Turk, who describe his video as ” a lesson taught to us through a love story, in [...]

Snowden: “I was trained as a spy”

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  In case you missed the latest Snowden interview, here’s a short clip where Snowden explains that contrary to official government releases, he was not simply a “low-level systems analyst” but actually trained as a spy. You can see the whole interview with Brian Williams and read more at NBC News.

Popes, Pseudo-Events, Computer Marriage and the Simple Life

Popes, Pseudo-Events, Computer Marriage and the Simple Life

In this week’s reading list, we have quite a combination. A murder in Montgomery remains unsolved as the victim’s simple life leaves no social media, email or other electronic footprints for law enforcement to follow. A Florida man is demanding his right to wed his pornography-laden computer. We’ve also got a scholarly love letter to [...]

Robots, Jobs, and the Future

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Twenty years ago last week, the internet came to NPR offices. Twenty years from today, it’s possible that radio operators could all be put out of their jobs by robots. So before you take some time to read about the bleakness or brightness of the future–depending on who you ask–we’ll lighten the mood with a [...]

We love our phones. Do our phones love us?

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Since we’re always using our phones, our reading list this week is all about our phones. Why do we love them? Do they help our social lives or hurt us? How do they affect our children? How do they affect our minds? If you feel like your phone has taken away your sense of place [...]

Social Engineering, Mobile Lovers, and Technologizing the Fertility Awareness Method

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Happy Easter! Here’s a list of some of what we found interesting this week. If you missed it last week, check out the final entry in our Lenten blog series on technology and spirituality: Trappists, Technology, and the Dictatorship of Relativism. Banksy’s latest confirmed painting skewers modern cellphone addiction – Washington Post “Banksy’s latest confirmed [...]

Trappists, Technology, and the Dictatorship of Relativism

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Part seven in our Lenten series on technology and spirituality. This past weekend, I had the opportunity of leaving home for a retreat at a Trappist monastery, Mepkin Abbey. The monks, though they haven’t taken a vow of silence, speak only when necessary. They spend their time praying the liturgy of the hours, practicing lectio divina, [...]

Atheism, Distributism, Digital Humanities, and Slow Reading

Atheism, Distributism, Digital Humanities, and Slow Reading

This week’s reading list is a little varied. We’ve got a look at the conflation of atheism and intellectual sophistication from the Atlantic, a piece on reading from the excellent new blog, “The Infernal Machine,” and a review of a ‘slow-reading’ manifesto from the Times Literary Supplement. Also, editorial board member Arthur Hunt has a [...]