Author Archives: Dave

You can’t have freedom without safety

This showed up in my RSS feed: An LA gallery is selling “Molotov cocktails” from a vending machine. It included an image of a vending machine that sells fake molotov cocktails with a slogan on the side: Freedom not safety … Continue reading

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The campaign to put science and tech leaders in public office starts now | Ars Technica

Yes, more of this please. The two attributes I want in a politician are logic and ethics. Source: The campaign to put science and tech leaders in public office starts now | Ars Technica

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The Need for Competition

THIS!!!! Holy shit how can the Republicans who are supposedly so pro-market allow the market to be dominated by so few players?!? Because they’re not really pro-market? They’re just pro-rich assholes giving them money. Jason Furman, the chair of the … Continue reading

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Standard Ebooks: Free and liberated ebooks, carefully produced for the true book lover.

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Climbing the Horseshoe

Yep, this. Climbing the Horseshoe Assholes on the left and right ruining it for all the sensible people.

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Making Business Ethics a Cumulative Science

Such is the goal of Jonathan Haidt and Linda Trevino in a recent Nature article. “Imagine a world,” they write, in which medical researchers did experiments on rats, but never on people… Source: Making Business Ethics a Cumulative Science

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Natural “Narrative Selection” Was the Key to Success for our Species | Big Think

Natural “narrative selection” was key to turning insignificant apes (who had tools for 2 million years) into the species that now dominates the bio-sphere. Source: Natural “Narrative Selection” Was the Key to Success for our Species | Big Think 2019-04-13 … Continue reading

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why We Have Dysfunctional Politicians | Big Think

Astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals if he’d run for President and what he would do if elected. Source: Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Why We Have Dysfunctional Politicians | Big Think Every nation gets the government it deserves. … Continue reading

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Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World

This makes me happy. It’s a college course on bullshit detection.  Now if we can just make it mandatory for every grade from K through 12 the citizens might stand a chance against the politicians and the corporations that own them. … Continue reading

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Study Shows That Teaching Young Kids Philosophy Improves Their Academic Performance, Making Them Better at Reading & Math | Open Culture

Should we teach philosophy to children? You’d have a hard time, I imagine, convincing many readers of this site that we shouldn’t. But why? Source: Study Shows That Teaching Young Kids Philosophy Improves Their Academic Performance, Making Them Better at … Continue reading

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