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To make particles flow more efficiently, put an obstacle in their way

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#ParticleFlow
Researchers find order in a process previously assumed to be random

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#order #randomness
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Dear twitter community
#rhetoric is a tool to WIN a debate
This account is interested in the eternal, unapologetic search for TRUTH: science
This thread lists commonly used rhetorical tricks, logical fallacies and their scientific INvalidity with examples from Covid19 topics
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notice the word "eternal".
Anyone who claims that there is THE ONE, even settled science is either naive or dishonest.
Epistemology and scientific methodology seem alien to many during the pandemic.
Science is by definition ALWAYS up for discussion. Otherwise it is a belief
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These rhetorical tricks are masterfully laid out in Arthur Schopenhauer's book "eristic dialectics" also called "the art of controversy".
Read it, but do NOT use it. These techniques are unethical and unscientific.
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What's in the $1.9 Trillion House COVID Relief Bill?
The House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan which the #USSenate is currently considering.
Nine of the 12 House committees have approved legislation. This thread will summarize the major elements.
American Rescue Plan - Ways & Means $923B
👉$1,400 stimulus $422B
👉unemployment $246B
👉Tax Credit $143B
👉pension grants $58B
👉ACA 2021/2022 $45B
👉sick leave / retention credit $14B
👉COBRA coverage $8B
👉foreign subsidiaries $22B
👉Other policies $9B
American Rescue Plan - Oversight & Reform$350B
👉Provide money to state governments $195B
👉Provide money to local governments, territories, and tribes $155B
👉Create paid #COVID19 leave for federal workers and other policies $0.4B
#CovidReliefBill
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To the thinking American: we have before us a masterclass in #rhetoric, which of course is the art of saying the right thing at the right time. In coming days, I encourage you to listen closely and actively to commentators & politicians. Listen to what they say & how they say it.
Are you hearing smart ideas well expressed? Or are you hearing trite "talking points" that repeat banal ideas? You can take note of this most saliently when politicians take the floor for a limited number of minutes and seconds. Do they speak to any effect?
The dichotomy was very much to the fore during the House impeachment proceedings. Does the speaker say anything that matters? Is the speaker concrete and specific, or vague and sweeping? Is the speaker tying conclusions to observable facts, or repeating tendentious abstractions?
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Tonight's #debates remind me of a lecture I heard in my @LSU undergrad on #rhetoric #justice & #peace

Empathy is key to finding common ground - a thread on #nonviolence & #politics featuring Ghandi, Churchill, Hitler, & MLKjr

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Gandhi is best known for nonviolent protests to secure India's independence from the British empire. Perhaps lesser known is that Gandhi wrote letters to Mussolini and Hitler on the eve of WWII to ask them to avoid war

#debates #rhetoric #nonviolence #politics #empathy

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From @TIME:

"The only God that Hitler knew was brute force...[yet] Gandhi felt duty-bound to appeal to Hitler and Mussolini because, as human beings, they too had the capacity to distinguish truth from falsehood"

time.com/5685122/gandhi…

#debates #politics #empathy

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"#Garvey was a controversial figure. Some in the African diasporic community regarded him as a pretentious demagogue and were highly critical of his collaboration with white supremacists, his violent #rhetoric, and his prejudice against mixed-race people.. He nevertheless
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> received praise for encouraging a sense of #pride and self-worth among #Africans and the African diaspora amid widespread poverty, discrimination, and colonialism. He is seen as a national hero in #Jamaica, and his ideas exerted a considerable influence on such movements as
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> Rastafari, the Nation of Islam, and the Black Power Movement. " (#Wikipedia) Image
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I’m going to line up my favourite comments here.

You know how much I like using a direct letter format on Twitter. And a parody that channels the parodied’s sentence structure back at them.

If Yascha Mounk thinks talking about “2+2” has a negative impact on the reputation of public health research during a pandemic, has he asked himself what negative impact his talk of “cancel culture” has?

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There is little doubt that sometimes the best way to make sense of the transmission of texts, debates and commentaries is to dive deeply into codices of collected texts (majmūʿa-s) #manuscripts #Islamic #intellectual_history 1/
One good example is the majmūʿa MS Majlis-e Shūrā (Tehran) 5284 which includes ten texts mostly copied by Sulṭān Muḥammad b. ʿAlī Shāh Iṣfahānī in 962/1555 in Bharuch in West India 2/
The collection begins with some works of Jalāl al-Dīn Davānī (d. 1502) - usually called Muḥammad b. Asʿad al-Ṣiddīqī in the incipits - reflecting on Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī (d. 1274) works on the #intellect and #nafs_al_amr and on the logical notion of #conception_taṣawwur 3/
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This afternoon from 2:50-4PM, I'll be live-tweeting a speaker panel we're having here at @WCMSU featuring Neisha-Anne Green, Georgeanne Nordstom, & Nikki Caswell.

Topic? Language diversity.
Speaker list? 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Should you follow along, RT, and join in? YES!

See ya at 2:50!
PS: for updates and information on how to digitally join our language diversity speaker series events, follow @WCMSU! It’s ya girl tweeting over there too.
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So much to digest from #FESI2019 that it took me a while to collect my thoughts on the conference theme, “Dismantling the Barriers to Education.” Super cool to bump into #anticolonialism classmate, @ZainabZ01 from @OISEUofT! @tdsb/@YRDSB #teacherfriends
Heard great stuff from the first panel on addressing marginalized students & staff. @NHenryFundi @jeewanc @JhonelMorvan @nngafook

Q for y’all: Beyond listening ears, self-reflection & overcoming fragility, what is the role of white students & teachers at schools? #whiteness Image
Always refreshing to learn from @Ms_Karnad & @camillelogan. Empowering to watch women of colour leading the way in education, research & community building.

Q for you 2: How do we address power dynamics in our attempts at collaboration? #dominantvoices #rhetoric #voicesunheard Image
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#brexit, #language, #mathematics, #pseudoscience, #rhetoric, #style

Brand-new and remarkable: #today, in a speech before #industry-representatives, chancellor Angela #Merkel used an old-fashioned, and,I think, INAPPROPRIATE,mathematical term to describe the #Brexit discussions..
.. in the #UK.

On 20180925, 9:50 CET, (cf. bdi.eu/der-bdi/termin…), chancellor Merkel said the following: "Wesentlich hängt es natürlich auch davon ab, was Großbritannien denn wirklich möchte. Auch da ist ja die Diskussion nicht so ganz eineindeutig [sic],
und, das muss ich..
.. allerdings sagen: Man kann nicht zum Binnenmarkt gehören, wenn man in EINEM Teil nur zum Binnenmarkt gehören will, aber in drei ANDEREN Teilen nicht zum Binnenmarkt gehört, und da müssen wir verschiedene, äh, vernünftige Wege [ rest drowned out by applause ]."
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I hold the view (held by some individuals for various reasons) that the #TeamPatriot hashtag is connected to a psychological operation. At present, I don't know by whom/for what. Argumentation will follow. #Twitter #PsyOp #PsyOps #MAGA #TCOT #QAnon #WWG1WGA #Resist #TheResistance
Over time, if my view changes along these lines (#TeamPatriot hashtag not connected to a psychological operation), I will make that clear. For the time being, I will write in this thread (and in replies) with respect to my current viewpoint.
Using "psychological operation" as a term calls to mind conspiracy theories, intelligence activities, etc., which are legitimate considerations of course. However, since we are dealing human communication, the ancient art of rhetoric is always on the table of analysis.
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