Over-simplifying complex constructions is often very dangerous. But it never stops us trying, even when we immediately recognise that we know better than to try.
Nevertheless, abstraction of complex concepts can help understanding. Abstraction can also lead to interesting conversations.
So when @jobsworth (aka J.P. Rangaswami, Chief Scientist at Salesforce.com) recently invited the Twitterati to sum up the internet in READ MORE
perils of online anonymity and accountability
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde had it easy – they only had each other to worry about. I have so many alter egos now that I need a database to keep track of them all.
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Euan Semple has raised the prospect of the opportunity and need for a new religion, in the post-industrial age of the web.
My perspective is that religion is a system of shared belief, generally embellished with dogma and ritual. Like any other system, a religion has boundaries and overlaps – due to commonality of roots, or other ‘devotional’ elements. Tweet READ MORE