Here we show that the spatial prevalence of human societies that believe in moralizing high gods can be predicted with a high level of accuracy (91%) from historical, social, and ecological data. Using high-resolution datasets, we systematically estimate the relative effects of resource abundance, ecological risk, cultural diffusion, shared ancestry, and political complexity on the global distribution of beliefs in moralizing high gods
The ecology of religious beliefs by Carlos Botero, et al., available on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences website
Well, okay. (Link via Wired)
— dark and terrible goddess of wisdom, foreknowledge, and buying stuff at reduced prices.
We pledge this day to you.
Downloadable at UbuWeb, a John Cage tribute album featuring among others Lou Reed, Jello Biafra, John Zorn, and Joey Ramone… O.o
So I got Jr., Jr. a mobile phone for his birthday yesterday. The excited look on his face when he opened the present is now counterpointed by my own worries:
– will he lose it playing in school?
– will it break?
– will he accidentally open a Google+ account and lose his immortal soul?
Journalists that Reported On Bill Cosby “MK-ULTRA Rape Demon” Censored [EOTM]
Furthermore, the linked page also discloses that
CIA censors Alfred Webre exposé of Barack Obama (Barry Soetoro) as 3rd generation CIA operative, member of secret 1980s Mars teleportation program
— so there’s that extra dent in the newsbyte’s credibility (if not its entertainment value).
Our image of evil space aliens surely derives from a fear that they will treat us just as we treat one another.
—@neiltyson (Neil deGrasse Tyson) 2:44 AM Nov 21st
Note how the “surely” turns the platitude into a Scientific Deep Thought. Thanks for the analysis Neil, now explain how the Twilight vampires did that glimmery thing.
Edit: Of course somebody else sorted out the pedestrian question of sparkly vampires:
@haverholm The sparkly thing has been explained already [Science in my Fiction]
I’m so glad we checked that task off Tyson’s list of clearly important things to ponder.
Some random visitors may have noticed the site was deactivated by the ICANN the past day or so. This was a result of my WhoIs information being hopelessly outdated, and the ICANN contacting a long-defunct email address for verification of ownership.
As I panicked, trying to get the domain reactivated, some facts dawned on me:
1. I have actually owned this domain for 11 years and 10 days. This blog incarnation has been up since sometime in 2008, those ancient times when dinosaurs surfed the information superhighway. Scary.
2. My contact information with the WhoIs database was current only from 2003 until not so long after that. I used to use a popular webmail then, but abandoned that shortly after I got my own domain. Still, that old address was the ICANN’s only contact to me, and I didn’t receive their requests for verification. Lesson learned, always set up a forwarding address! But it gets scarier:
3. After frantically contacting my current server provider for help and, in turn, the one I originally registered the domain with, I eventually realised I might try to recover the old email address and find my activation mail there. No such luck, it had been canceled due to inactivity — but I could sure as hell register it anew. Problem solved, except… Hang on, my old email was up for grabs?! That might be the only way for somebody to get in tough with me. Like, say, an Internet entity with the authority to shut off my site from you lot. Told you it was scary.
So, this is pure speculation, fortunately my domain isn’t terribly attractive to anybody but myself + immediate family, but imagine a Bad Guy coming across this site while the domain was deactivated. If I could backtrack and find out how to fix this, anybody could’ve gotten to that canceled mail address before me — because not only am I as dumb as they come online, I’m also slow (for the sake of argument, anyway). I wonder how far one could go in assuming someone else’s online identity this way, just by highjacking a defunct email address? Hint: not nearly far enough for anybody to go to that kind of trouble…