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No, I don't think my complaint is with the format, I think the format is great (I love TED talks). My beef is with the conclusion of the first one. He seems to assume that because it would be better for everyone if Google and Facebook (followed by all the smaller fish by some providential shoaling instinct) were to act against their own interests and serve us "unbiased" results. Because I believe the world to be broken ("fallen") I do not expect this to happen! I am tired of listening to well intentioned people hoping that the world will somehow "do what 'we' know to be best". So 90% of the content of the first talk gets an A+ but the conclusion gets a C- IMNSHO
PS this blog does not seem to have a comments feed, so I can't subscribe to automatically hear if you or someone else replies... that would be a good feature to enable :)
Watching the first one, whose main content has concerned me for some time, I realised that his closing appeal was the second time this week someone has hoped people (en mass or organised as corporations) would act altruistically. While I am sure individuals do, I am less convinced that societies or corporations do :( How likely is it Google or FaceBook will change their algorithms if the change means less income? How likely is it that NZ consumers will en mass stop paying tradespeople in cash to avoid the tax? Unlike the TV presenter or Eli Pariser I live in a fallen world :(
Of course it's not just the archaeological evidence, the Bible too says much the same thing. Just look at how often and when they removed Asherah poles from the temple in Jerusalem...
Believe it or not I have just started thinking about similar questions, provoked (since nowadays I seldom trouble my head about "systematic" theology - much prefering unsystematic biblical study) by looking at the proofs of my new book Not Only a Father. Though it is, like most theology, mindbending, I think the Son (meaning the second person of the Trinity) is from all eternity incarnate as Jesus (for 30 odd years in the early 1st C) however, the distinction between the logos asarkos and the logos ensarkos is needed, whatever ones reading of John 1 - and therefore even if the term "logos" is a misuse, because we cannot affirm that the Son has a certain eye colour etc. Thus a convenient shorthand, that avoids also the issue of "logos", is to talk about the logos ensarkos as "Jesus" and the second person of the Trinity as "Son" even though this shorthand does obscure the eternal incarnation of God... But I am not now, nor have I even been, a systematic theologian ;)
To me one of the interesting things left out of this great summary post is the role of mobile phones. Penetration of mobile technologies in Africa and SE Asia is very high. When you factor in more communal living (hence shared phone use) extremely high by comparison to conventional Internet. Currently most phones are "old technology"... but what happens in a year or two... E.g. in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border a phone company built a tower because there was poor coverage - yes there are that many phones in the camp!
Bummer :( we were fortunate (all those years ago) we got PR before we left, but not without some hassles, including promising to get the First XV to sit on our 12 year old son so the Dr could get a blood sample, and extracting "police certificates" from Zaire... so I wish you well and pray for bureaucrats to show unusual sense :)
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2011 on UK Bound at Sean the Baptist (in the UCA)
Might it be the proportion of smaller churches? Years back when I lived in the UK the Methodists had more really small churches than other demominations...
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