“The truth is no online database will replace your daily newspaper”

Source » Great Newsweek (remember that?) article from 1995 on all the ways the Internet is an overblown fad. Unsurprisingly, the author got so much wrong: Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will

“Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side”

Source » –Martin Luther Watching current events unfold, hardly a week goes by when I’m not reminded of this 500 year-old observation from Luther.

Election complicity and write-in candidates

Election complicity and write-in candidates Here’s a tidbit from Eric Metaxas (via a much-too-long email exchange with Jon Ward): We will be complicit in the election of whoever is elected unless we vote for the only person who can defeat them. Metaxas’s argument is reasonable in the short-term:

Most people cheat (and other insights about humans)

Source » Jonathan Haidt in his excellent book, The Righteous Mind: [Dan] Ariely summarizes his findings from many variations of the paradigm like this: “When given the opportunity, many honest people will cheat. In fact, rather than finding that a few bad apples weighted the averages, we discovered that the majority
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