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Boing-Boing reports: Biologist Rupert Sheldrake stabbed at lecture.

And to think I imagined, immediately, that it was some IDiot. But it was, apparently, a deranged visitor from Japan.

I seriously wonder whether it’s going to become easier, or harder, to pinpoint whether another person is a nutball or not as we get more deeply embedded into the Net in our daily lives — I mean, as the interfaces get more and more distributed to everywhere instead of just on little screens in front of us.

The scary thing is that to use the advantage, we’d have to be giving up some of our freedom of privacy. And, at least potentially, a glimpse into the virtual worlds people choose to inhabit in their daily lives might not give any strong indicator of insanity. I mean, millions of people choose to inhabit virtual worlds of a twisted kind as it is, after all… like this bunch.

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