December 16, 2004
Are You A Pope?
See what I'm talkin' about (I'm really just spitting back other's words). Reality just might be what you can get away with, a line in the sand representing (rather poorly) the latest cessation of contest between rival gangs of shamans (or so I've been told).
December 14, 2004
This announcement, following so closely on the heels of Google Scholar (via metafilter), might frighten some librarians, who imagine themselves being chased into obsolescence by computer scientists throwing processing power at the web's information organization challenge.
In fact, these efforts should serve notice that Google "gets" information access and retrieval, and that they view themselves as the library's ally, not competitor. All of their services value and build upon our information organization work. I'm going to have to visit my colleagues up the road and find out who's running this project.
December 13, 2004
Rings of (Nerd) Power
December 01, 2004
Did somebody say Mutual Aid?
Not that I've been haranguing all my friends with the current culture's fundamental misunderstanding of the process of natural selection or anything.
Clearing up misunderstanding #1:
In this big wide world, competition does not seem so prevalent between members of the same base unit of selection (gene, species, community) as it is between those members and 'capital N' Nature.
Clearing up misunderstanding #2:
The evidence seems to favor the gene (as defined by Dawkins and others) as the base unit of selection.