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Twitter noob(ish). MeFite of old. RL hermit. Insomniac. Chronic pain in/around ass. Servant to two cats. He/him/his. My interests vary widely and wildly.
27 Apr 19
MetaFilter post on "Making Kin with the Machines" by Jason Lewis @jaspernotwell, Noelani Arista @Noeolali, Suzanne Kite @kite_kite_ and Archer Pechawis. This excellent essay brings Indigenous epistemologies to bear on the AI question. metafilter.com/180600/AI-Indi…
2/ This is a great piece by John Basl @johnbasl & Eric Schwitzgebel @eschwitz: "AIs should have the same ethical protections as animals: We give mice and dogs ethical protections, so why not AIs? On the future conditions for robot rights." aeon.co/ideas/ais-shou…
3/ This is a great and fascinating essay by John Danaher @JohnDanaher on Aristotelian Friendship and Robotics: "The Philosophical Case for Robot Friendship" ...
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26 Mar 19
3,000 people died as a result of the hurricane during the months following it because they didn't get the help they needed, and now this: "Puerto Rico faces food-stamp crisis as Trump privately vents about federal aid to Hurricane Maria battered island." washingtonpost.com/business/econo…
2/ Eliza Barclay @elizabarclay onthe hurricane deaths: "Make no mistake: The figure of 2,975 deaths is an estimate. But given that it has been so politicized, it’s worth walking through the research that gave us estimate, and why we can be confident in it" vox.com/2018/9/13/1785…
3/ Dan Spinelli @danspinelli902: "Puerto Rico Stands to Lose the Most Funding from Trump’s Border Wall: ... [PR] has more than $400 million in funding that could be diverted toward wall construction, by far the most of any single US state or territory." motherjones.com/politics/2019/…
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25 Mar 19
Afternoon post-nap earworm: I woke up from a pleasant nap with "What should I say, Elysium IV" by Elysian Fields @MaraisThe maraisproject.com.au/elysian-fields/ playing in my head. Nice way to wake up.
2/ And here's another lovely piece by The Marais Project & Elysian Fields @MaraisThe ft. Jenny Eriksson which shows the electric viola da gamba in action: "After 'Le Badinage' by Marin Marais."
3/ The first video above is the promo video for @MaraisThe debut CD "What should I say": "Juxtaposing powerful World War II imagery with an idyllic love story, the short film draws deeply on the CD’s profound emotional content." Here it is from the start:
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23 Mar 19
1/ I woke up out of a wild dream. It started in a beach cove with a platform area with people gathered on it. I was up the beach on some rocks away from the platform, so I dove into the water and started swimming towards it, but I noticed that the water was full of orcas ...
2/ ... I got out of the water and went to the platform, which had rooms at the back, and started telling the unbelieving people about the orcas. Then all hell broke loose: the orcas started attacking the platform, knocking people into the water & killing them. The whole area ...
3/ ... had become enclosed & gated off so there was no escape. Then I realized the orcas were not acting of their own free will: there were two tall, angry Elves on the other side of the water, and one of them had a staff which he was using to manipulate the whales. They kept ...
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15 Mar 19
This is a fantastic megathread (over 70 tweets) of student climate protests #FridaysforFuture #ClimateStrike around the world. Every continent is represented. The protests in the US are growing. Apparently Italy had a million protesters. Retweet plz! This is what hope looks like!
This piece by Rebecca Solnit on #FridaysforFuture is excellent: "Thank you, climate strikers. Your action matters and your power will be felt. Nothing is possible without action, and almost anything is when we rise up together, as you are today" theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
3/ Liza Featherstone @lfeatherz: "Students at 100s of US schools walked out of class last Friday, joining 1000s around the world to demand action against climate change... at least one public institution seems to be getting it right: NYC public schools." jacobinmag.com/2019/03/climat…
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15 Mar 19
1/ Christopher Hasson, the Coast Guard officer who plotted to murder prominent Democrats & journalists, is facing up to 31 years in jail. Prosecutors call him a ‘domestic terrorist’ but he hasn't been charged with terrorism. By Luke Barnes @LukeBarnes_92: thinkprogress.org/chris-hasson-c…
2/ This excellent but disturbing piece by David Neiwert @DavidNeiwert explores Hasson's case and the rising numbers of radicalized, violent white supremacists in the US. I recommend this article: dailykos.com/stories/2019/2…
3/ The MSM didn't spend much time on the story. Maybe they were uncomfortable with the possible link between Hasson's unhinged actions and Trump's inflammatory rhetoric. Aaron Rupar @atrupar explores Trump's history of violent rhetoric in this piece: vox.com/2019/2/22/1823…
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12 Mar 19
Armand D'Angour @ArmandDAngour on Aspasia of Miletus' influence on Socrates: "If... this thesis is accepted... a woman who has been all but erased from the story must be acknowledged as laying the foundations of our 2,500-year old philosophical tradition." theconversation.com/socrates-in-lo…
Here's more on Aspasia by Joshua J. Mark @JoshuaJMark:

Aspasia of Miletus: ancient.eu/Aspasia_of_Mil…

Aspasia of Miletus: The Art of Eloquence ancient.eu/article/80/asp…
If Aspasia is at the root of the Western philosophy, Hypatia of Alexandria is at its end. Hypatia is often considered the first known female mathematician and one of the “last great thinkers” of the Classical world. Brianna Bibel @biochem_bri on Hypatia: massivesci.com/articles/hypat…
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25 Feb 19
How to combat parochialism in philosophy: great review by Peter Adamson (@HistPhilosophy) of Julian Baggini's (@microphilosophy) "How the World Thinks: A global history of philosophy" and Bryan W. Van Norden's (@BryanVanNorden) "Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto"
Re: non-Eurocentric philosophy, this piece by L. Sebastian Purcell @lspurcell comparing Greek & Aztec virtue ethics is fascinating: "Aztec moral philosophy has profound differences from the Greek tradition, not least its acceptance that nobody is perfect" aeon.co/essays/aztec-m…
This 2017 piece by Bryan W. Van Norden @BryanVanNorden (see upthread) is v. good: "Why the US doesn’t understand Chinese thought – and must: It's more important than ever that the U.S. understand China. So why don't our universities teach Chinese thought?"
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24 Feb 19
1/ "The foundation of Western philosophy is probably rooted in psychedelics." This is a fascinating piece by Olivia Goldhill @OliviaGoldhill on Peter Sjöstedt-H @PeterSjostedtH & his idea that psychedelics (via the Eleusinian Mysteries) may have played ... qz.com/1051128/the-ph…
2/... a formative role in shaping Western thought, starting with Plato. @PeterSjostedtH is a philosopher of mind with an interest in psychedelic experiences and consciousness. He recently gave a @TEDTalks on the subject: "Consciousness and psychedelics"
3/ Here's a 2017 @3ammagazine interview he did with Lindsay Jordan @lindsayjordan & Richard Marshall in which they discuss topics including the 'hard problem of consciousness' and psychedelic phenomenology: 3ammagazine.com/3am/noumenaut-…
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21 Feb 19
Morning earworm: "Sehnsucht" by Einstürzende Neubauten. I woke up out of a surreal, violent dream with this song in my head. Good morning!
Waking earworms: I woke up out of a dream again to one song ending and another beginning, both by Einstürzende Neubauten. The first, which was the end of the song, was "Fiat Lux" from their 1989 album Haus der Lüge. Here it is + 2 other songs from the LP:
I hadn't listened to that song in probably over a decade until I came across it in a tweet the other day which planted the seed in my brain:
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21 Feb 19
Thread: 1/ This is a great piece by Michiko Kakutani @michikokakutani on the hyperreal media world of pseudo-events we live in: "The Vanishing of Reality: Politicians had always spun reality, but television—and later the Internet—gave them new platforms on which to prevaricate."
2/ For an intro to pseudo-events, see Megan Garber's @megangarber great piece: "The Image in the Age of Pseudo-Reality: Daniel Boorstin’s 1962 classic on celebrity, fame, and America’s tenuous relationship to facts remains as poignant as it is prophetic." theatlantic.com/entertainment/…
3/ This 2016 piece was my intro to Boorstin, and it shows how pseudo-events impact our world & politics: "How the Media Enabled Donald Trump by Destroying Politics First: The mainstream media is to blame for Donald Trump’s rise, but not for the reasons most people think." ...
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19 Feb 19
1/11 Thread: On cats and music. My dad loved classical music, and he became enamoured with the viola da gamba after seeing the film "Tous les Matins du Monde." Most evenings he'd spend the last hour on the couch listening to viol music while petting... medieval.org/emfaq/misc/tlm….
2 ... our cat Grisette as she lay on his lap. That was the only time & place she allowed herself to be petted for more than a minute. She'd started life as a stray cat & never got totally used to being touched (it took me a month of daily feeding to earn her trust when we met...
3 ... She was young, probably just recently weaned, & feral. She'd hiss at me if I got too close. After a month she finally started rubbing my leg to ask for more food, and she'd follow me around any time I was outside. Then she disappeared, only to reappear a few weeks later...
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16 Feb 19
'Capitalism on Psychedelics: The Mainstreaming of an Underground.' Great piece by Erik Davis @erik_davis: "... Translation: for MAPS’ global effort to succeed, even in its largely nonprofit terms, corporate players (and the shareholders behind them) are part of the team..."
"... This is not a comfortable stance for those of us who believe that, as Nickles later put it, today’s dominant culture is not a reality to be accommodated, but an existential threat to be resisted. Along these lines, Geoff Bathje followed up Doblin’s presentation..."
"... by repeating arguments against capitalism familiar to anyone who has been paying wide-screen attention to the political landscape in recent years. His strongest points concerned the way that psychedelic therapy, applied as “solutions” to individual psychological problems..."
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11 Feb 19
When I grow up, I hope to have the courage of this goose...
... And the tenacity of this dog...
... And the guile of this duck...
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9 Feb 19
Excellent article by @_MikeTremblay on the potential synergy between the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the philosophy of Stoicism, and how BJJ is an excellent form of askēsis, or training, for Stoicism. Check it out if you're interested in martial arts and/or philosophy.
The author also wrote a handy Introduction to Stoicism which is on his website. Check it out if you're interested but unfamiliar with it. Here's Part 1: "The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent"
tremblaymichael.com/2018/12/21/par…
And here's Part 2: "Why Other People Cannot Harm Us." tremblaymichael.com/2019/01/03/par…
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23 Jan 19
(Thread) "The remarkable brain waves of high-level meditators." @DanielGolemanEI talks about his and #RichardDavidson's research on the neuroscience of meditation and how extensive meditation practice can alter and enhance the functioning of the brain. bigthink.com/videos/top-10-…
2) "The effect of Buddhist meditation isn’t just momentary; it can alter deep-seated traits in our brain patterns and character." This article goes more in depth into Davidson's and Goleman's fascinating (imo) research with Tibetan monk @mingyurrinpoche. lionsroar.com/how-meditation…
3) This piece by @mariannespoon looks specifically at how compassion meditation affects the brain, and how it can reduce the distress a person feels when witnessing another’s suffering while also improving their ability to respond with compassion. news.wisc.edu/training-compa…
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22 Jan 19
(Thread) @MortuaryReport describes 6 years of unnecessary pain, suffering & medical bills in pursuit of a hysterectomy. "Doctors refused to take me seriously when I requested a surgical hysterectomy... And nothing I said could change my doctors’ minds..." huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-…
2) As every woman knows (but fewer men do,) the biased treatment Ace Ratcliff endured is the norm for women seeking medical help, as this informative piece by @achronicdose expands upon, and updates with new info on implant failures (via @speakingabtpain) wbur.org/cognoscenti/20…
3) It's even more harrowing for WOC, as @tressiemcphd's powerful piece describes "Like millions of women of color, especially black women, the healthcare machine could not imagine me as competent and so it neglected and ignored me until I was incompetent." time.com/5494404/tressi…
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21 Jan 19
(Thread) This is a good piece by @speakingabtpain on the plight of chronic pain patients, people whose pain can't be cured & who've had their pain meds arbitrarily tapered down or taken away: "The clampdown on opioid prescriptions is hurting pain patients" latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/…
2) This is the @hrw report, written by @lauraphylmills, which looks at untreated chronic pain in the US as a human rights issue: “‘Not Allowed to Be Compassionate’ - Chronic Pain, the Overdose Crisis, and Unintended Harms in the US” hrw.org/report/2018/12…
3) The report has been out for a month. I first saw it mentioned by @terrence_mccoy, who wrote a good article on the plight of chronic pain patients (CPPs) last year: “‘Unintended consequences’ - Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids” washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/…
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19 Jan 19
(Thread) Here's an excellent @TheSideViewCo article on how secular mindfulness meditation in the West evolved out of Buddhist meditation traditions: "Deconstructing Mindfulness: Embracing a Complex Simplicity." @bodhidave3 also discusses the states of absorption called the jhānas
This piece by @BradWarner, who describes Buddhism as "a meditation system with 2,500 years of research and development across multiple cultures and eras," complements the first one well: "Mindfulness Meditation is Buddhist Meditation" hardcorezen.info/mindfulness-me…
For more on the jhanas, which haven't taught widely in the West, check out this @tricyclemag interview with meditation teacher Leigh Brasington: "A Mind Pure, Concentrated, and Bright" tricycle.org/magazine/mind-…
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