Findings on the Internets: Various Items of Interest


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  1. How did Pantsman conquer the world?: “Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s promotion from loser to enemy of civilisation suggests the politics of fear is a bigger threat than bitter individuals.” See:
  2. The Decision Tree: a blog about predictive medicine and the future of healthcare See:
  3. How Is The Internet Changing The Way You Think? See:
    Selected Quotes:

    • “As a technology, a book focuses our attention, isolates us from the myriad distractions that fill our everyday lives. A networked computer does precisely the opposite. It’s designed to scatter our attention.” – NICHOLAS CARR
    • “The Internet is stealing our attention. It competes for it with everything else we do. A lot of what it offers is high quality competition. But unfortunately a lot of what it offers is merely good at capturing our attention, and provides us with little of long term import — sugar filled carbonated sodas for our mind.” – RODNEY BROOKS
    • “The Internet is virtualizing the universe, which changes the way I act and think. “Virtualization” (a basic historical transition, like “industrialization”) means that I spend more & more of my time acting-within and thinking about the mirror-reflection of some external system or institution in the (smooth, pond-like) surface of the Internet.” – DAVID GELERNTER
  4. Genes to Cognition Online “Genes to Cognition (G2C) Online is about modern neuroscience. It focuses on cognitive disorders, cognitive processes, and research approaches.” See:
  5. The Story of Stuff: “From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.” See:
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  • betsy davenport, phd

    Regarding the Pantsman: his freaking gizmo didn’t even work. The response around the nation is exactly what terrorism is for. To terrorize. What mystifies me – and has done since 9/11, is how everybody is so terrorized. I am not. I wasn’t.

    I also didn’t sit in front of my television set and traumatize myself repeatedly, watching the footage. People in this country are whacked out. Wanting to watch it? I think people actually get a thrill out of feigned hysteria. Like, it’s more fun than keeping our civil liberties.

    Now THAT scares me.

  • Jeff


    The problem, as I see it, is two-fold. First, you have people and some politicians that allow fear to cloud their judgment. Second, you have those that use fear to their advantage (“intentionality” is a whole different discussion), turning it into an opportunity to pass laws and other changes that would never have passed otherwise.

    Here’s a statistic that’s never cited because it is does not fit the “fear” mentality. “[T]he odds of being on given departure which is the subject of a terrorist incident have been 1 in 10,408,947 over the past decade. By contrast, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are about 1 in 500,000. This means that you could board 20 flights per year and still be less likely to be the subject of an attempted terrorist attack than to be struck by lightning.” (See: And here is a clear-headed look at airport security:

  • betsy davenport, phd

    Yes, I read it. I find it bizarre and outrageous that while the systems that didn’t keep the guy off the plane were at fault, the hue and cry is all about body scanners. Yoo-hoo! That is not where the problem is. Sheesh.

    And yes, the statistical chance of beingon a plane with someone dangerous in that way is infinitesimally small. Mostly, a non-issue. Not on my radar. While ON my radar is the pain-in-the-butt way we have to go through airports these days. It is really a deterrent to the occasional traveler.

    And civil liberties, anyone? Oh that’s right, I wasn’t using them anyway.

    Am I off-topic?

  • Jeff


    Your last comment (re: civil liberties) reminds me of a joke that was circulating during the earlier years of the Iraq war (invasion? occupation?). When the Iraqi parliament was struggling with creating a new constitution, someone suggested that we give them ours. After all, we’re not using it anymore. ;)

  • Scott Hutson

    I don’t know the answer, but I look for it. These days are no different than the earliest recorded history of civilization. It’s just hitting closer to home now. One step foreward, two steps back lately.

  • Scott Hutson

    BTW Jeff, I love the “Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.” Murphy other laws…..Fit me perfectly ;)

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