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Too many numbers

I’ve never really noticed before how over-indexed even common documents are.


The mirror

The internet is just a mirror, and an amplifier


Wikileaks as reality television

There’s something very 21st century about the Wikileaks/Julian Assange affair.  And not in a good way.


The view of the internet, 15 years ago

I was just sent a link to an article from 1995 on how the internet is over-hyped. It’s a fascinating read, not just in terms of the things it gets wrong but also of the ways in which the views expressed were plausible at the time.


The power of comics

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some of the past couple of days with a comic-writer who studies the academic experience, and who might well have a greater aggregate impact on science than almost anyone else I’ve ever met.


Made smarter by the internet?

Over the weekend there was a fascinating exchange of viewpoints in the Wall Street Journal taking opposing sides of the argument as to what effect the internet is having on us: is it making us smarter and better-informed, or more shallow and un-disciplined compared to our book-reading days? Perhaps more importantly. is there anything we can do to leverage the internet to promote smartness more effectively?