Today’s readings included…
Thu, 24 May 2012
- Carl Sagan on Mastering the Vital Balance of Skepticism & Openness
Seven years ago this week, David Foster Wallace argued that “learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.” Yet in an age of ceaseless sensationalism, pseudoscience, and a relentless race for shortcuts, quick answers, and silver bullets, knowing what to think seems increasingly challenging.
- ‘Are SF writers “slacking off” or is science fiction still the genre of “big ideas”?’
Calls for more big ideas in SF are generally a political cri de coeur. We might equally imagine a similar essay in the context of mid-sixties Soviet fiction, calling for more fiction about tractors and breakthroughs in agricultural genomics.
- How Facebook Threatens the Legitimacy of the Stock Market
- The Perfection of the Paper Clip
- Could Angry Birds lead to mass murder?
- 2012 TV Body Count Study Results