UFOs and the argument from ignorance

In the following video, American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gets asked if he believes in UFOs. As usual, the answer he provides is both hilarious and enlightening. The argument from ignorance, also known as argumentum ad ignorantiam (“appeal to ignorance”), argument by lack of imagination, or negative evidence, is a logical fallacy in which it […]

Google Wave goes beta (plus three invites up for grabs!)

By Natania Barron Contributing Writer, [GAS] I was a bit miffed when my husband got his Google Wave invite before me; I mean, seriously. I showed it to him in the first place. Still, I’ve been insanely curious since learning about the new product–developed by the makers of GoogleMaps, by the way–since I first watched […]

How Microsoft is Making Money out of Piracy

In the following video, Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, explains how Microsoft is turning piracy into money by letting people in under-developed countries use their software for “free”. Later, when these countries start to prosper, the users, who are now hooked on Microsoft’s technologies, will apparently pay for the products gladly.