I stand by use of the word crass to describe a more than unfortunate exchange in #wordpress earlier this week. Siobhan has written an exceedingly eloquent explanation of the flaws in the way in which women involved in technology are often viewed or evaluated. If you’re involved in any community, take a look. Which Siobhan is it anyway? – Siobhan McKeown.
I was raising serious questions about the whole basis of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, and I actually went through considerable detail as to what I thought was wrong about it. Nothing I’ve seen in reality has changed it. I’m not denying that monopolies are terrible things, but I am denying that it is readily easy to resolve them through legislation of that nature.
“When we have déjà vu, we don’t act on it,” Moulin says. “But these people refused to watch television, they stopped reading the newspaper.” The patients were what cognitive scientists call “anosagnosic” — unaware of their condition. They also found situations to be more than just familiar; they believed that they were really recalling them, so much so that they invented memories to justify that belief. They were, to use Tulving’s phrase, time traveling to a reality that had never existed.
…The real problem is that so many people have thought the internet would be an unalloyed good; in part that’s because it has had plenty of cheerleaders, especially companies that stand to benefit from it – especially companies that stand to benefit from its growth. And nobody likes to be the one saying “hold on” as everyone’s rushing to the door. But we don’t have to break the internet to improve it – just make people more aware that we’re social animals first and internet users second…
– Charles Arthur, The Guardian’s Technology Editor writing in The internet’s two-sided freedom.
The Ethical Mirage: A Temporal Explanation as to Why We Aren’t as Ethical as We Think We Are, an HBS working paper [PDF].
3 things I learned while my plane crashed: Ric Elias on TED.com. Just watched this. Puts many life change I’m pondering right now into perspective. Hum. He learned:
- To no-longer postpone anything
- To eliminate negative energy: no-longer try to be right, but try to be happy
- That the most important thing for him was to be a good parent
Having recently had my previous Time Machine backup disk stolen, I’ve just set up the new disk with added encryption. Worth doing I think.