Clifford Stoll wrote about the Internet in 1995. It’s amusing. He completely disses the whole idea.
Some parts of his rant are correct — he says no CD-ROM will replace a good teacher, which is true. There are aspects of the internet that were oversold, often imposing a computer on human skills inappropriately. But as it’s turned out in the last 20 years, there are some things the computer is really good at, and he missed those.
Or maybe it’s because they think it needs practice? I’m in Los Angeles. I’m going to be speaking at 11am and 4:30pm in two different places about Bad Biology: How Adaptationist Thinking Corrupts Science. It might piss some people off, which leaves me unperturbed, since I’m right.
Oy, it’s an evening for a debate with a creationist. Hey, Matt Dillahunty, would you like to jump on a plane and zip up here to Fargo, North Dakota to take over for me? You’re so much better than I am at this stuff.
Probably not. I just have to brace myself up, I guess. Anyway, it’s going to be packed with Christians — I think the 7th Day Adventists are sponsoring this thing — so any friendly godless faces in the audience will be appreciated. It’s at 7pm, in the Ramada Inn (1635 42nd St S), and the topic is “Is there evidence for a creator or not?”. I’m “not.”