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Cross-posted from GD - Recommended Listening

Today I was listening to CBC Radio (That would be the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for those not in the know) and author Jonathon Haidt was on talking about his book "The Righteous Mind". The half hour discussion on the topic - the first half of the linked audio below - was fascinating and enlightening, a must-hear for denizens of a polarized political board. This was, I believe, first recorded last summer.

"Governments change, economies tumble and soar, and headlines trumpet the scandal of the day. All the while, Tapestry deals with the more subtle news of life -- a thoughtful consideration of what it means to be human.

Tune in for an engaging, provocative and unexpected hour of radio: an hour in which rabbis and poets get equal time on the topic of faith, science-fiction writers and physicist-priests ponder the great creation myths, athletes explore the hero's journey as a spiritual metaphor, and architects examine the idea of space for the soul."

"Jonathan Haidt's latest book is called The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He is at the forefront of research into why the brain craves us-versus-them thinking. He and Mary talk about what has to change for people to start hearing one another instead of screaming over one another. "


http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/weekly/2012/06/03/im-right-youre-wrong/#

Main page for Tapestry

http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/episode/2013/03/22/im-right-youre-wrong-1/

Jonathon Haidt's website where you can take morality surveys and compare against others

http://www.yourmorals.org/

DU Recommended Listening

Today I was listening to CBC Radio (That would be the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for those not in the know) and author Jonathon Haidt was on talking about his book "The Righteous Mind". The half hour discussion on the topic - the first half of the linked audio below - was fascinating and enlightening, a must-hear for denizens of a polarized political board. This was, I believe, first recorded last summer.

"Governments change, economies tumble and soar, and headlines trumpet the scandal of the day. All the while, Tapestry deals with the more subtle news of life -- a thoughtful consideration of what it means to be human.

Tune in for an engaging, provocative and unexpected hour of radio: an hour in which rabbis and poets get equal time on the topic of faith, science-fiction writers and physicist-priests ponder the great creation myths, athletes explore the hero's journey as a spiritual metaphor, and architects examine the idea of space for the soul."

"Jonathan Haidt's latest book is called The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He is at the forefront of research into why the brain craves us-versus-them thinking. He and Mary talk about what has to change for people to start hearing one another instead of screaming over one another. "


http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/weekly/2012/06/03/im-right-youre-wrong/#

Main page for Tapestry

http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/episode/2013/03/22/im-right-youre-wrong-1/

Jonathon Haidt's website where you can take morality surveys and compare against others

http://www.yourmorals.org/

Not a Great Day for Apple...

First the Galaxy S4, now this...

In a case of David vs. Goliath, the Mexican Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that iFone, a small IT company in Mexico City, is the rightful owner of the iPhone name in that country.

The company registered the name in 2003, four years before Apple rolled out the smartphone it dubbed the iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The case goes back to 2009, when Apple tried to register the phone brand name in Mexico and the Mexican Industrial Property Institute said it was already taken. Apple tried to take the name by suing, arguing that it had expired for iFone.

...

Gallastegui didn't say how much iFone is claiming, but he said the law would allow iFone to go after at least 40% of the iPhone sales in Mexico, according to the Wall Street Journal.

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-apple-iphone-mexico-ifone-20130315,0,4802470.story


French Wind Power Turbine Condenses Fresh Water

gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/environment/tapping-water-from-the-sky-1.1152633

Dubai: Something is in the wind at Ghantoot nature
reserve.

And it promises to put Dubai on the global stage once
again as host to revolutionary sustainable eco-
technology that can provide fresh water and electricity
to even the most remote driest corners of the planet.

A new French-built wind turbine that condenses desert
air into 1,000 litres of water daily solely using wind
and solar power is under installation at the wildlife
area — the 30-metre tall, 12-tonne marvel should be
completed by late March to provide all water and
electrical needs of host Emirates Marine Environmental
Group (EMEG).

...

Early tests indicated the turbine was producing on
average, 62 litres of fresh water an hour but with the
turbine’s installation nearer to the Gulf shoreline, it is
expected to produce larger quantities of water given
higher humidity levels at seaside.

(more at link)

This technology has potential to be a great boon for under-hydrated regions and developing places.

Apple Announces New Phone



Korea's Samsung turned to song and dance on
Thursday as it took a shot at ousting Apple as
king of the smartphone.
In a packed Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan,
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S4, the latest
iteration of its best-selling smartphone, and set
out its challenge to Apple on the US giant's own
turf.
In a widely anticipated move, the company
unveiled the most eye-catching feature of the
new phone. It has pioneered the "smart scroll
and smart pause" feature. The facing camera on
the handset monitors users' eye movements and
behaves accordingly. Tilting the phone while
looking at it will scroll web pages and it can even
pause a video if a user looks away.
After weeks of teasing, Samsung unveiled a
phone it is promoting as "moving beyond touch".
With a simple wave of the hand, Minority
Report-style, the phone will move a web page or
a photograph....

http://m.guardiannews.com/technology/2013/mar/15/galaxy-s4-launched-samsung-tracking
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