c9ine / Chris

I’m a grad student at Texas A&M University working on a computer graphics degree. I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, and will someday rule the world with an iron fist.

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  1. Nodalities Podcast—Nigel Shadbolt talks about Web Science, the Semantic Web, Linked Data, and Garlik

    In my latest podcast I talk with Nigel Shadbolt, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton. We discuss Nigel’s background in Artificial Intelligence, and the appeal of the Semantic Web, before turning to explore the introduction of Linked Data to an enterprise audience and the multidisciplinary focus required to carry the Web forward.

    During the conversation, we refer to the following resources;

    * Academic Institution Internal Structure Ontology (AIISO)
    * Advanced Knowledge Technologies Project
    * Cambridge Consultants
    * DBpedia
    * DSpace
    * Egg
    * Epistemics
    * ePrints
    * FirstDirect
    * Garlik
    * Wendy Hall, and our recent podcast
    * Mike Harris
    * Tom Ilube
    * Linked Data
    * Mosaic
    * QDOS
    * Scientific American, and its 2001 Semantic Web article
    * SPARQL
    * University of Edinburgh
    * University of Nottingham
    * University of Southampton
    * VoCamp
    * Web Science Research Initiative
    

    http://planet.talis.com/talkingwithtalis/

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  2. John W. Loftus - Why I Became an Atheist

    John W. Loftus earned M.A. and M.Div. degrees in theology and philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary under the guidance of Dr. James D. Strauss. He then attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he studied under Dr. William Lane Craig and received a Th.M. degree in philosophy of religion. Before leaving the church, he had ministries in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, and taught at several Christian colleges. Today he still teaches as an adjunct instructor in philosophy at Kellogg Community College and has an online blog devoted to "debunking Christianity." His new book is Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity.

    In this interview with D.J. Grothe, John Loftus discusses his background as an Evangelical Christian preacher and apologist and what led to his rejection of the faith, including both emotional loss and "lovelessness in the church," and also philosophical arguments and historical evidence that caused him to doubt. He critiques the Christian illusion of moral superiority. He challenges religion with what he calls the "outsider test." He explores whether logic and reason led to his atheism, or followed only after he adopted an atheistic point of view for emotional reasons. And he explains what he does believe in now that he no longer believes in Christianity or God, and the benefits he thinks this new worldview brings him.

    From: http://www.pointofinquiry.org/john_w._loftus_-_why_i_became_an_atheist/

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  3. Christopher Burns- Deadly Decisions

    Recorded January 16, 2009: Christopher Burns is one of the country’s leading minds on modern information management. He has been a news executive and consultant to government and the private sector for thirty years, advising clients on emerging information management technologies and the evolution of the information economy. His previous positions include vice president of the Washington Post Company, senior vice president of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and executive editor of United Press International.

    In this interview with D.J. Grothe, Christopher Burns talks about the biology of the brain, the behavior of groups, and the structure of organizations and how each can lead to people making bad decisions. He discusses the paradox that in the age of information, it may be more difficult to make good decisions. He describes "false knowledge" and how to choose the right information to pay attention to. He emphasizes the value of skepticism in making good decisions, and of trusting ambiguity and uncertainty. He uses the example of the sinking of the Titanic to explain the concept of "information errors." He discusses how groups naturally discourage dissent, and how this harms the information system, citing examples from operating room and airline cockpit. He details ways of organizing that lead to better decision-making. And he talks about the political domain, and how to address challenges to good collective decision-making in a democracy, contrasting the Bush and Obama administrations.

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  4. Sir Roger Penrose | The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe

    Sir Roger Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and is the best-selling author of The Emperor’s New Mind. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, most notably the Wolf Prize in physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their "development of the theory of general relativity, in which they have shown the necessity for cosmological singularities and have elucidated the physics of black holes… enlarging our understanding of the origin and possible fate of the Universe." Penrose was knighted in 1994 and currently lives in Oxford, England.

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  5. To The Best Of Our Knowledge: Einstein, God & The Universe

    Albert Einstein died more than half a century ago, but there’s still a raging debate over what he thought about religion. He once said "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, what exactly did Einstein conclude about religion? We’ll hear from leading scientists and religious scholars, including Richard Dawkins, Steven Weinberg and Elaine Pagels, as well as Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson.

    Steve Paulson speaks with Richard Dawkins, Elaine Pagels, and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson. David Lindorff wrote about two physicists’ interest in mysticism and alchemy. David Leavitt tells the story of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Father Thomas Keating talks about God and the contemplative life.

    http://wpr.org/book/080106a.html

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  6. Richard Dawkins | The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution

    Richard Dawkins - known for his ”brilliance and wit” (New Yorker) - is one of the most influential scientists of our time and holds a chair at Oxford University. His highly acclaimed books include The Blind Watchmaker, The Selfish Gene and A Devil’s Chaplain; the New York Times has called him ”one of the most incisive science writers alive.” The Ancestor’s Tale, loosely based in form on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, offers a comprehensive look at 4 billion years of evolution.

    http://libwww.freelibrary.org/podcast/?podcastID=305

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