Debating Islam on Facebook – The Shallow end vs the Deep end of the pool

There are two specific Facebook groups I’m in that have rather similar names, but are dominated by very different views. One, entitled ATHEISM DEBUNKED BY MUSLIMEEN (their caps not mine) is dominated by various strands of Islamic thought, and rather bizarrely has  a rule against logic and reason. No really, it reads, “Members are requested not to involve in … Read more Debating Islam on Facebook – The Shallow end vs the Deep end of the pool

Spanner – Google’s GPS-powered database

Have you ever wondered how Google manages to cope with the ever increasing volumes of data? Well, we have some new insights. Google has published a paper about Spanner, their scalable, multi-version, globally-distributed, and synchronously-replicated database. It is the first system (so they claim) to distribute data at global scale and support externally-consistent distributed transactions. The … Read more Spanner – Google’s GPS-powered database

Scam Alert: If Facebook offers you different colours – Avoid, it is a con.

The Inquirer reports … THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has been hit by a scam tempting users to change the colour of the web site. The scam involves inviting users to change the colour of their Facebook to pink, red or black for a limited time only. A link within the post then prompts the user … Read more Scam Alert: If Facebook offers you different colours – Avoid, it is a con.

‘Anonymous’ plans to ‘destroy’ Facebook on Nov. 5

Anonymous, or to be more literal, some crank claiming to speak for Anonymous, has issued a YouTube press release.. Yes, a YouTube “press release”, thats a new one for me as well, but not a surprise since it is quite clearly far more effective than the more traditional format. As you might imagine, most of the media would have simply ignored it, but doing it via YouTube has already yielded over 2 million hits.

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Will Facebook destroy your brain?

According to this story here in the UK’s Daily Mail, Facebook and Twitter have created a generation obsessed with themselves, who have short attention spans and a childlike desire for constant feedback on their lives. It then carries on to explain that

Baroness Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University, believes the growth of internet ‘friendships’ – as well as greater use of computer games – could effectively ‘rewire’ the brain.”

This of course is not only not a new claim, but also has zero evidence. What we have here is an argument from authority, and not a journalistic write-up from some study … let me repeat, just to be sure you get it …

there is no evidence that supports this.

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