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  1. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    I mean, that's often what these critics of the Philosophy of Religion often do; it certainly appears that, to them, if a question cannot be answered scientifically it isn't a question worth...

    Either you tell everyone with those kinds of questions "don't worry about it" or philosophy is a worthwhile pursuit.

    I mean, that's often what these critics of the Philosophy of Religion often do; it certainly appears that, to them, if a question cannot be answered scientifically it isn't a question worth talking about.

    I think this is why a lot of "new atheists" get slaughtered in debates with philosophers of religion; they haven't examined their own philosophical beliefs, and are easily hand-held into making absurd or self-contradictory claims.

    The best I've heard from the atheist camp in this regard so far is from Dr. Graham Oppy, and while he is exceedingly better equipped than his new atheist brethren for these sorts of debates, he certainly doesn't "destroy" or "debunk" these arguments from philosophy in ways that clearly earn him a win in the same way Nye can clearly debunk scientific claims from Ken Ham.

    I think if so-called skeptics are going to be intellectually honest, they need to treat the philosophy of religion with the same respect that moral non-cognitivists treat moral philosophy.

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  2. Comment on Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others? in ~talk

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    "What the Math" sounds interesting, might give it a shot. I found Democracy at Work a good introduction to socialist theory generally. I think you'd really enjoy "Revolutionary Left Radio" that...

    "What the Math" sounds interesting, might give it a shot.

    I found Democracy at Work a good introduction to socialist theory generally. I think you'd really enjoy "Revolutionary Left Radio" that talks with experts and activists from different theoretical backgrounds that are all "socialist" (e.g. Marxism-Leninism, Democratic Socialism, Anarchism, etc.) If you like Democracy at Work, but have rejected any specific socialist tendency, it may be worth hearing what their defenders have to say. I believe RLR has had Dr. Wolff on a few times in the past.

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  3. Comment on Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others? in ~talk

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    Longtime fan of SYSK. It does feel like Josh & Chuck don't actually like each other all that much, but that could just be my interpretation.

    Longtime fan of SYSK. It does feel like Josh & Chuck don't actually like each other all that much, but that could just be my interpretation.

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  4. Comment on Which is arguably the best phone for ROMs? in ~tech

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    For as long as ROMs have been a thing, devs traditionally support "The Google Phone" first (and often only The Google Phone) When I say Google Phone, I mean the device you can purchase directly...

    For as long as ROMs have been a thing, devs traditionally support "The Google Phone" first (and often only The Google Phone)

    When I say Google Phone, I mean the device you can purchase directly from the Google Play Store's "Devices" page. In the past, this was the "Nexus" line of phones since rebranded as the "Pixel" phones.

    For absolute best compatibility with the largest number of ROMs, I recommend getting a Pixel device 1-2 generations old. You can find a refurbished Pixel 2 XL for roughly $150 that's compatibile with every ROM that's actively being developed.

    If you want the luxury of the Pixel 4a ($350), you may need to settle with one of the more established ROMs (or just AOSP, depending on why you want it)

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  5. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    Disclaimer: I do not have theistic beliefs (that will be relevant) I think this... adversion to "philosophy" is shared among a lot of the so-called new atheist movement. And I think there's a...

    Disclaimer: I do not have theistic beliefs (that will be relevant)

    I think this... adversion to "philosophy" is shared among a lot of the so-called new atheist movement. And I think there's a reason that's seperate from the "STEM > Humanities" argument. What Krauss, Tyson, and Nye attempt to do, at least as it appears to me, is to promote a scientific understanding of the world, which for them seems to entail naturalism, materialism, and of course atheism.

    Naturalism vs. Scientific Claims for the Existence of God

    When confronted with arguments for God from Young Earth Creationists (or really any apologetic claiming scientific evidence), it certainly appears they (Krauss, Nye, Tyson) have absolutely knockdown rebuttals to these different claims. If you put one of these folks in a debate with someone defending YEC or scientific apologism, the result will be predictable.

    Naturalism vs. Arguments for the Existence of God from Philosophy

    When Krauss, Tyson, or Nye argue with what I'll call generally apologists trained in the philosophy of religion (natural theology++; folks like Ed Faser, Josh Rasmussen, William Lane Craig, Frank Turek) the result is quite different.

    These folks are happy to concede what science can tell us about the natural world, which is a problem, since these defenders of science cannot use their massive arsenal of pro-science knowledge to win this sort of argument. What has happened is that they now find themselves in a position where they are outside their primary field of expertise.

    Certain modern articulations of specific ontological arguments, certain strong articulations of the cosmological argument (e.g. the Kalam) alongside other modern arguments (e.g. "The Argument from the Unreasonable Applicability of Mathematics to Nature") require one to have a strong background in philosophy to even understand the argument, much less argue against them.

    This leaves our hero's of naturalism a few options: learn more about analytic philosophy, concede that it's out of their lane, or reject "philosophy" altogether.

    (Note: whether they accept it or not, rejecting "The Philosophy of Religion" is a stance inside of that field which one should be asked to defend, in the same way that "moral non-cognitivism" is a stance in the field of moral philosophy)

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  6. Comment on The Buzz Aldrin Fallacy in ~humanities

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    That's a particularly interesting tactic. I run into folks who often make some sort of STEM > Humanities argument, and I always feel a direct rebuttal is rarely pithy or short enough to avoid...

    This is because if you can get the person who has delivered the Buzz Aldrin fallacy to explain why they find the particular goal or end they’ve cited as valuable, worthwhile, etc., you have gotten them to start doing philosophy (and to be doing it somewhat poorly more often than not).

    That's a particularly interesting tactic. I run into folks who often make some sort of STEM > Humanities argument, and I always feel a direct rebuttal is rarely pithy or short enough to avoid resembling that caricature of a philosopher who "argues about stuff that doesn't matter."

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  7. Which podcast is your go-to recommendation to others?

    I listen to quite a few, from ones related to my industry to ones related to my hobbies, to some just related to history or storytelling. Most of my choices have been at the recommendation of...

    I listen to quite a few, from ones related to my industry to ones related to my hobbies, to some just related to history or storytelling. Most of my choices have been at the recommendation of others, so I'm looking to add some to this week's lineup.

    Queued up for my upcoming week:

    • Citations Needed
    • Darknet Diaries
    • Reply All
    • Rev Left Radio

    If you don't know of a good recommendation, what podcasts do you have queued up for this week?

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  8. Comment on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at eighty-seven in ~news

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    I can't imagine a scenario where Republican voters are demanding that their Senator refuse to confirm a rightist judge, much less 4 such cases. It would be political suicide for a Republican...

    I can't imagine a scenario where Republican voters are demanding that their Senator refuse to confirm a rightist judge, much less 4 such cases.

    It would be political suicide for a Republican Senator to break ranks and sabotage the nomination.

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  9. Comment on Ransomware attack at German hospital leads to death of patient in ~comp

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    This marks an escalation, although likely unintentional, of the effect cyber crime / cyber warfare has, in this case the actual loss of life. Another notable escalation in cyber warfare is the...

    This marks an escalation, although likely unintentional, of the effect cyber crime / cyber warfare has, in this case the actual loss of life.

    Another notable escalation in cyber warfare is the TRITON attack that has been excellently documented by FireEye [1]. In this case, ICS safety systems were targeted, that, if caused to fail, could have resulted in catastrophic loss of life. FireEye places attribution on a Moscow-based research institute. From nation-states to criminal groups to activists (and everything in-between), this domain is one that malicious actors are having an increasing effect in, with consequences that can include loss of life.

    [1] https://www.fireeye.com/blog/threat-research/2019/04/triton-actor-ttp-profile-custom-attack-tools-detections.html

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  10. Comment on [CW: racism] University of Cincinnati professor gives failing grades to students who test positive for "the [sic] chinese virus" in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'll quote myself a bit here to try to draw the distinction: Students being strong-armed by their professor to attend class when ill with COVID couldn't be more appropos for the current moment. I...

    I'll quote myself a bit here to try to draw the distinction:

    In the modern moment, in 2020, I couldn't fathom a greater waste of one's time than writing a 1000 word essay that's primary content is outrage at the renaming of some tower almost no one is familiar with.

    Students being strong-armed by their professor to attend class when ill with COVID couldn't be more appropos for the current moment. I care greatly about human beings. This is precisely the type of content I wish the former would be replaced by.

    On the other hand, I don't feel that defending David Hume from "being cancelled" (i.e. some building getting renamed) is all that interesting. It isn't just uninteresting though. It is the perpetual relitigation of the popular frame "cancel culture run amuk," a frame of discourse that is deeply dishonest and applied asymmetrically. The best comment on the entire internet on so-called "cancel culture" (in my opinion) is here on Tildes [1]. I better elaborate my position in that same thread [2].

    Why is a (unverified, as far as I can tell) tweet about a random student at a random university possibly getting a failing grade for a single lab because of racism more interesting and worth posting/discussing?

    That's a fair question. When I link to a source, I try to get as close to the original source material as possible. If an article talks about an exciting whitepaper for AI, I'd be more likely to link the whitepaper. This story has also been covered by reputable local news outlets, but they don't provide much other than what the tweets say [3]. There may be a case for me to simply link the news source should the source be some no-name on Twitter.

    [1] https://tildes.net/~humanities/rng/academics_are_really_really_worried_about_their_freedom#comment-5k1h

    [2] https://tildes.net/~humanities/rwq/is_the_university_of_edinburgh_right_to_rename_its_david_hume_tower#comment-5m2d

    [3] https://www.newsrecord.org/news/uc-investigating-racist-term-used-by-professor/article_30d9f5ca-f954-11ea-9a36-fbbb6575b6f5.html

    Edit: I see that this post has been removed by the site admin. Is this due to the low quality of the post, due to our disagreement regarding the previous subject or due to perceived hypocrisy on my end?

    I think my position at least has merit, folks are tired of the everlasting psuedointellectual cancel culture debate. It does seem to me (but not only me) that the type of discussions had on Tildes can be far more high-brow.

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  11. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    It's been awhile since I used either, but back when I had used them it required installing a plug-in manager and installing any number of plug-ins to even get the indents and brackets to work...

    It's been awhile since I used either, but back when I had used them it required installing a plug-in manager and installing any number of plug-ins to even get the indents and brackets to work correctly (which I explicitly called out in my comment.)

    I never got anything like linting or IntelliSense set up

  12. Comment on [CW: racism] University of Cincinnati professor gives failing grades to students who test positive for "the [sic] chinese virus" in ~health.coronavirus

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    Quote from affected student: Quote from Prof. Ucker's message:

    Quote from affected student:

    My girlfriend tested positive for COVID and the University of Cincinnati's Health Department instructed me to not attend my in-person lab. Not only did my professor give me a zero for not going, but this was his response:

    Quote from Prof. Ucker's message:

    For students testing positive for the chinese virus, I will give no grade.

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  13. Comment on Scientific American endorses Joe Biden: We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now in ~science

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    Sure, Trump's bad, but I simply can't fathom thinking he is anywhere near as bad as the Bush administration.

    Sure, Trump's bad, but I simply can't fathom thinking he is anywhere near as bad as the Bush administration.

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  14. Comment on Is the University of Edinburgh right to rename its David Hume Tower? in ~humanities

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    I think you've misinterpreted my perspective. What we are talking about is some college renaming some building we've never heard of. Why are we even talking about some building getting renamed...

    "I don't care about this cancel culture shit and the author is just so full of outrage, I bet he'd try to cancel Heidegger"

    I think you've misinterpreted my perspective.

    What we are talking about is some college renaming some building we've never heard of.

    Why are we even talking about some building getting renamed that no one cares about? Because there is the insistence to inject any area of discourse with the "cancel culture run amuk" line.

    We're discussing this because the real reason anyone "gives a shit" about some building being renamed is because the discussion is framed as David Hume being cancelled.

    I don't see what possible value there is in coming into a comment section specifically to express such disdain and disinterest

    That's a fair question. My perspective is that "cancel culture has run amuk" discourse has run amuk.

    I truly don't give a shit about the name of the building. I don't think anyone does. I do care about the nature of the dishonesty in the discourse around "cancel culture." I do think this discourse is asymmetrically applied in furtherance of reactionary and regressive ends.

    Edit: The best comment I've read on this state of affairs so far has been here on Tildes.

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  15. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    No problem at all! If you built me a terminal editor with linting for JS & Python I'll fully forgive you ;)

    No problem at all!

    If you built me a terminal editor with linting for JS & Python I'll fully forgive you ;)

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  16. Comment on Is the University of Edinburgh right to rename its David Hume Tower? in ~humanities

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    I agree, in fact I'm far more inclined to view it as a statement of one's academic contributions in isolation. However I think a reasonable person could view it to be, at least in part, an...

    ...or it can be perceived as an endorsement of his work and staggeringly important contributions to philosophy.

    I agree, in fact I'm far more inclined to view it as a statement of one's academic contributions in isolation. However I think a reasonable person could view it to be, at least in part, an endorsement of the individual themselves. Even in the Heidegger example, I wouldn't have an issue with some sort of statue commemorating him, nor would I have an issue for said statue to be removed.

    I don't think anyone really cares about the hypothetical Heidegger statue, they care about re-litigating the dishonest discourse around so-called "cancel culture", a topic that has been talked about exhaustively on this site.

    This comment from a previous article really does a good job illustrating the imbalance of how we discuss this topic. That thread is one of a million of these posts that are proxy discussions to the larger argument about "cancel culture" again, a frame for discourse I'd happily let die.

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  17. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

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    Nah I don't want a terminal emulator, just a terminal-based text editor

    Nah I don't want a terminal emulator, just a terminal-based text editor

  18. Comment on Scientific American endorses Joe Biden: We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now in ~science

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    That's why I said the action is "in part justified" or "to some degree justified", I intended to capture the fact that some degree of immorality is said to have been justified by the historical...

    That's why I said the action is "in part justified" or "to some degree justified", I intended to capture the fact that some degree of immorality is said to have been justified by the historical context

  19. Comment on Scientific American endorses Joe Biden: We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now in ~science

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    Doesn't this mean exactly what it says? If (US was not attacked): action would be less moral Therefore since: US was Attacked: action was less immoral What am I misunderstanding? If an action was...

    It the US hadn’t been attacked, those actions would be significantly more immoral.

    Doesn't this mean exactly what it says?

    If (US was not attacked): action would be less moral

    Therefore since:

    US was Attacked: action was less immoral

    What am I misunderstanding? If an action was "less immoral" due to historical context, it necessarily follows that the historical context morally justifies the action to some degree.