Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Leave It to Computer Geeks to Understand the Pope on Evolution

Ars Technica is one of my husband's regular stops on the internet. They are a lively community who are more likely to argue about computer coding technique than about Catholicism.

However, they took notice when Pope Francis talked about evolution and science. The Ars Technica report was a fine piece of straight forward reporting which dealt very well with the history of the Church and evolution.

Even the comments are pretty much on target. Under the article is a "Promoted comment" that is really good. A promoted comment "gives Ars editors and writers the ability to “promote” a reader comment from the comments section to the bottom of the actual story. We will now endeavor to promote the best one or two comments from reader discussions into the story, with an eye toward one goal: making you the most informed readers in tech. This means that we’ll promote the best comments, not necessarily the comments that agree with our reporting. It's our hope that this practice will help raise the signal-to-noise ratio in article discussions by celebrating the best comments.

It was a real pleasure to read such interested reporting and comments after seeing the mess that regular media and hostile blogs made of the Pope's address. Do go to the link and read it.


  1. Thank you for this link, Julie. It's a very good explanation of the Catholic viewpoint about evolution. I, too, liked the "promoted comment." If you find out what that term means I'd like to know.

    1. You prompted me to look further into "promoted comments" and I've amended the post to include the meaning. Thank you!