Category: General

The Modern Inquisitors

The concept of heresy arose early in the Christian Church, as alternative approaches to dogma and worship were persecuted by the dominant orthodoxy. Ironically ths first apeared as the Church itself emerged from persecution. Intolerance of “heresy” continued through the…

American Sharia Law?

Fom CSI episode “No More Bets”, about a murdered casino cheat: Warrick: They used to tell me back in the days, the first time you got caught cheating, they’d give you a couple whacks on the hand with a ball…

Review: Posterous

This is intended as a review (and test) of Posterous, a service making it possible to post to blogs and social media from mobile devices via e-mail. It looks good, wasn’t that hard to configure for my WordPress-blog, Facebook, Twitter,…

Has the BBC Changed Its Podcast Policy?

One of my favorite radio programs is the BBC’s “In Our Time”. Every Thursday, except for a summer break, Melvyn Bragg and three varying and eloquent academic experts discuss what in Swedish would be called “idéhistoria”. Besides pure history, the…

Transcending the Kindle

Are eReaders the savior of newspapers? In the latest issue of “Wired” Steven Levy argues for the usefulness and more serious role of the Kindle compared to the iPad: “But longer, deeper plunges into literature—what the critic Victor Nell calls “ludic…