18 minutes with an agile mind
Clifford Stoll is an astronomer, researcher and
internationally recognized computer security expert -- who
happens to be a vocal critic of technology. Stoll makes a
sharp, witty case for keeping computers out of the classroom,
the wisdom of kindergarten teachers and the search for a
bridge between science and religion. Currently teaching
college-level physics to eighth graders at a local school, he
stays busy in his spare time building Klein bottles.
"I think that if you really want to know about
the future, don’t ask a technologist, a scientist, a
physicist. No! Don’t ask somebody who’s writing code. No, if
you want to know what society is going to be like in 20 years,
ask a kindergarten teacher. They know.
In fact, don’t ask
just any kindergarten teacher, ask an experienced one. They
are the ones who know what society is going to be like in
another generation. I don’t."
"I’d like to tell you the words inscribed on
Hays Tower’s bell: “All truth is one, in this light. May
science and religion endeavor here for the steady evolution of
mankind, from darkness to light, from narrowness to
broad-mindedness, from prejudice to tolerance. It is the voice
of life, which calls us to come and learn.” "