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  1. WYNC On the Media: The Uncanny Valley

    "For the animators of films and video games, creating a truly human looking and acting character has long been the holy grail. But making characters close-to-real and yet not-real-enough leaves them in what’s called the ‘uncanny valley’ where audiences find those characters unsettling, unnatural and zombie-like. OTM producer Jamie York looks at how the entertainment industry has dealt with this issue and what the ‘uncanny valley’ tells us about ourselves and our future."


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  2. Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran?

    As the hijackers boarded the airplanes on Sept. 11, 2001, they had a lot on their minds. And if they were following instructions, one of those things was the Quran.

    In preparation for the suicide attack, their handlers had told them to meditate on two chapters of the Quran in which God tells Muslims to "cast terror into the hearts of unbelievers."

    "Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them," Allah instructs the Prophet Muhammad (Quran, 9:5). He continues: "Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites! … Hell shall be their home, an evil fate."

    When Osama bin Laden declared war on the West in 1996, he cited the Quran’s command to "strike off" the heads of unbelievers. More recently, U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan lectured his colleagues about jihad, or "holy war," and the Quran’s exhortation to fight unbelievers and bring them low. Hasan is accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, last year.

    Given this violent legacy, religion historian Philip Jenkins decided to compare the brutality quotient of the Quran and the Bible.

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  3. Evan Williams is behind the internet service Twitter

    "Twitter will be a fundamental part of how people interact with their government" says Twitter founder Evan Williams in an interview with the BBC aired of Friday, March 12, 2010.


    Tagged with twitter bbc

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  4. No Ink, No Paper

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  5. DocArchive: The Virtual Revolution - Homo Interneticus

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  6. Mondo Diablo Episode 243 * Fundies FAIL

    This week: more Hilarity from Fundies Say the Darndest Things! Watch out, non-Christians (and "wrong" Christians)! They’re getting a might riled up nowadays!

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  7. NPR On-Point: Mind-Enhancers for All?

    Attention-deficit drugs like Adderall and Ritalin have helped millions of ADHD kids get along. For a new generation, they’ve also fed a black market in college dorms and high-pressure labs, where off-label use by the non-ADHD gets term papers written and lab reports done.

    Now, pharmaceutical companies — and some scientists — are saying maybe we should consider “cognitive enhancers,” drugs like these, for the general population.

    Some call it “cosmetic neurology,” and say it’s time. Others say it’s a bad, bad idea.

    This hour, On Point: The debate over drugs for the mind.

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  8. Terry Eagleton interviewed on CBC Radio One’s The Current

    Broadcast June 19th 2009 - Evan Solomon interviews Terry Eagleton author of "Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate" - in which he responds to Christoper Hitchens and Richard Dawkins (who he calls "Ditchens").

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  9. Christopher Hitchens vs. David Wolpe

    Christopher Hitchens vs. David Wolpe debate

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  10. Mental Health Hotline

    Outgoing Message at Psych Practice

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