Monthly Archives: Aug 2022

Trigger warnings have no positive effect

Apparently trigger warnings before content neither discourages people from experiencing the content nor does it lower the impact of the content. Overall, we found that warnings have no effect on affective responses to negative material nor on educational outcomes (i.e., … Continue reading

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Kherson

From Brian E. Frydenborg’s “Ukrainian Prudence Meets Russian Limitations: Explaining the Current Pace and Nature of Russia’s War on Ukraine” Contrary to such views [that there is no Ukrainian offensive or that it has stalled], the offensive is very much … Continue reading

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The paradox of pacifism

Pacifism in theory: live, love, laugh Pacifism in practice: the weak must fear the strong Paradox of pacifism: peace advocacy often amounts to the unconditional-surrender-of-the-weaker-side advocacy. Just stop resisting, shut up and suffer in silence. Do not disturb our peace … Continue reading

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Armchair philosophy

From Pedro Domingos: Plato: An armchair is just a shadow of the ideal armchair. Aristotle: His encyclopedic “Armchairics” has unfortunately been lost. Stoics: An armchair gives you solace from the cruel world. Rationalists: Armchairs are a consequence of my axioms. … Continue reading

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How to crash a computer by sound

I remember Raymond Chen as one of the developers in charge of making Windows 95 the success it was. I also seem to remember that he was almost obsessed with backwards compatibility. Here he is telling the story from the … Continue reading

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Freedom of thought

The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible — Salman Rushdie                  

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The Moth Joke

Norm Macdonald’s Moth Joke (starts around 0:56 and goes … on): (Youtube)                        

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Use drugs

From a veterinary textbook: Handling: General considerations The cat is faster and has sharper teeth and nails than you do. It has no ‘code of ethics’ or considerations for its own future. In a fair fight it will win. DON’T … Continue reading

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Reality always wins

I consider truth to be a form of the good. It’s noble to try to apprehend the order of the cosmos and the laws of nature—which are beautiful and just—and attune ourselves to them. In a disagreement, I take for … Continue reading

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Words are not violence

May peace and the mercy of God and His blessings be with you. That is the last sentence in Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s fatwa against Salman Rushdie and if you ever need a reminder that when people say that you shouldn’t … Continue reading

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