Links 3 – 24/8/13

Things have been rather quiet here over the last few weeks. I don’t expect to be posting much over the next month or two either, but I will try to post a links post every week. The following are a selection of things that I have found thought-provoking or amusing over the last week. As usual, I will be posting items with which I may have significant differences, so my agreement with every position expressed in these pieces shouldn’t be assumed.

Feel free to add any links of your own in the comments!

1. Why Does My Kid Freak Out?

2. What Strengthens or Weakens Our Integrity – Part IV: The Power of Moral Reminders

3. Why I Love Twitter and Barely Tolerate Facebook

4. Smartphones are Changing How We Worship

5. Haptography: A Digital Future With Feeling

6. Gluttony in the Bible (as Opposed to Gluttony in the American Church)

7. Competition on Faith and Writing in the Digital Age

8. Ethics and Disgust

9. Towards a New Understanding of Modesty

10. The Distinct, Positive Impact of a Good Dad

11. Impossible? No, Upsalite Really is the Wonder Stuff!

12. I and Thou and Life in Aspergerstan

13. Being Polyamorous Shows There’s No ‘Traditional’ Way to Live

14. Electrical Signatures of Consciousness in the Dying Brain

15. School Has Become Too Hostile To Boys

16. Interesting Statistics on Changing Public Opinions in America on Same-Sex Marriage

17. Browsing the Web One Step at a Time

18. Feminist and Pro-Life

19. I Have a Character Issue – Anna Gunn writes about the reactions that she receives to her character Skyler White, from Breaking Bad.

20. How Will Breaking Bad End? Here are 7 Mind-Blowing Theories

21. Those With ‘No Particular Religion’ Were Never Particularly Religious

22. The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

23. More Is More: Why the Paradox of Choice Might Be A Myth

24. 507 Mechanical Movements

25. How Old Were the Leaders of the American Revolution on July 4, 1776?

26. The Universal Rules of Civilized Discourse

27. What is a “dirty little (or big) secret” about an industry that you have worked in, that people outside the industry really ought to know?

28. Paperscape – A map of nearly a million scientific papers

29. Listen to Wikipedia Edits in Real-Time

30. Crazy About One Direction – Terrifying


31. Daniel H. Cohen: For Argument’s Sake


32. Magic Beard


33. LEGO The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Teaser Trailer

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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6 Responses to Links 3 – 24/8/13

  1. e says:

    For me, the “boys” article (#15) has more to do with the lack of imagination in school; it so happens that this singles out boys more than girls in the beginning. That same agency in creative play that’s punished in earlier ages is necessary for academic success in college and beyond.

    • Very true. This also ties into debates about the merits of Tiger parenting, with its depreciation of the importance of play. I don’t think that the educational importance of various forms of play are as widely appreciated as they ought to be. The lack of it may perhaps produce hyper-efficient and skilled conformists, but the highest levels of academia and society will typically privilege those with a more developed set of creative abilities. Besides, bringing a sense of creativity and playfulness to your agency leads to so much greater independence and potential for fulfilment.

  2. Matthew Petersen says:

    The redit link seems wrong.

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