Nature and the Digital

In the latest Psychologies magazine, there an interesting reference: Science backs up the positive effects of nature with environmental psychology studies showing a neural effect on the brain. One seminal study in 2008 by the University of Washington, reported in The Journal of Environmental Psychology, compared responses to real and digital images of nature, with the real think producing lower, more relaxed, heart rates. So I went to look for it: Download the full article (PDF).

Digital and Mobile in General in Uganda #TFBloggers

So, after I’d chatted to Odiirah about her work path and role, we moved on to talk about the impact of digital in Uganda in general, as we’ve naturally been in some of the poorest areas, where digital is not so much a presence as it appears to be elsewhere, although yesterday’s village had a mobile shop, and evidence that more of the villagers had some kind of mobile phone. Online most people use Skype…

Digital Creativity Required?

A strategy to link research with media and digital industries is crucial, Elizabeth Gibney hears Creative, digital and information technology (CDIT) industries must be just as important a policy focus for the government as science and engineering. That is the view of David Docherty, chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education, who said the digital field alone represented a $3 trillion (£1.9 trillion) marketplace globally. "What's needed is for CDIT to stand…

Data Transparency?

Recent data can be hidden, making fact-checking more difficult The problem is that rapid and pervasive technological advances have changed the game. Although some argue that our unprecedented capacity to acquire, store, manipulate and transmit vast and complex data volumes places us on the verge of a second scientific revolution, it can also serve to make the data on which an argument is based inaccessible. The evidence underlying a published scientific argument, including the full…

Online: A Theology (@drbexl @maggidawn) #refract #cnmac10

http://prezi.com/eynxdzszgtzb/online-a-theology/ 1) To introduce ourselves: Bex Lewis:  Cultural historian, digital specialist, works for Universities of Durham & Winchester. Maggi Dawn: Author and theologian, currently Chaplain and Fellow at the University of Cambridge In this talk today, we will be looking at a mix of theology and practical examples, as we seek to identify some of the tools that are available, whether the internet offers a fundamentally different experience, address questions of online identity and authority,…