technology

Listening today to the NewstalkZB discussion of youth vandalism (which relate to my recent post) and the Pike River mining incident (29 miners trapped in a complex and multi-faceted situation). Yet again, we see that technology is neither good nor bad. If it’s good things we’re aiming to do, technology aids and strengthens our efforts. … Continue reading technology

power, complexity & ethics

Two things (neither good/evil of themselves) which will not make humans more moral are technology & science. Technology gives us ever-increasing levels of power; and this power can be used to do both good and evil.  Spiderman, anyone ((“With great power comes great responsibility.”))? Science gives us an ever-increasing amount of data/facts; which make ethical… Continue reading power, complexity & ethics

science thought…

Whether one likes it or not, and whether one considers it anti-science or not (I insist it’s not anti-science in the least in my mind), it occurs to me that the scientific project is inexhaustible.  Depending on one’s view of how valuable scientific knowledge is, one will either feel discouraged or like the proverbial kid… Continue reading science thought…

on publishing words

technology has changed the way we use words… if we restrict a quick analysis to the major modes of communication used now (we could include ancient writing, but will not at the moment), we could make some brief observations about the different kinds… journals, encyclopedias and textbooks – characterised by their scholarship, which (lest we… Continue reading on publishing words

teleology & ethics

The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term.  However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is.  It’s a common as anything.  Teleology is blindingly relevant.

gears

For mozzila firefox users, who blog with wordpress… …I recommend installing the ‘Google Gears‘ plug-in (click ‘Turbo’ in your WordPress dashboard – sorry not available for wordpress.com users!), which (when enabled) stores all the little images and things that you otherwise have to download each time you change pages.  This not only saves bandwith, but… Continue reading gears