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  1. 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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    What? Bush's presidency oversaw the Iraq War which killed > 500,000 Iraqi civilians and killed or wounded ~40,000 USA citizens. Trillions of dollars that could've been spent on education and...

    What?

    Bush's presidency oversaw the Iraq War which killed > 500,000 Iraqi civilians and killed or wounded ~40,000 USA citizens. Trillions of dollars that could've been spent on education and healthcare was spent in this war.

    Trump's Presidency has been a carnival of incompetency, but Bush's Iraq War and general War on Terror is far worse than anything Trump has achieved.

  2. 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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    Are you both referring to the badness in his competency, or his overall badness? I'm a little confused by the emphasised use of "objective". To plenty of people, presidents like Obama and Clinton...

    Are you both referring to the badness in his competency, or his overall badness? I'm a little confused by the emphasised use of "objective". To plenty of people, presidents like Obama and Clinton and Bush were also obviously bad , but not clearly not to the mainstream. What perspective is being counted as "objective"?

    Trump's obviously had a hand in the deaths of thousands of American citizens via the COVID pandemic, but Bush obviously had a hand in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. What kind of objectivity decides that Trump is bad, but Bush (or someone like Nixon) isn't?

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  3. Comment on Academics are really, really worried about their freedom in ~humanities

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    Yes, of course. But do you really think serious people would avoid feedback? One such organisation that I involve myself with is GiveWell, which is notable for actually giving a shit about whether...

    It seems like it would be hard to know whether you’re doing a good job without feedback.

    Yes, of course. But do you really think serious people would avoid feedback? One such organisation that I involve myself with is GiveWell, which is notable for actually giving a shit about whether the money flowing to charities actually helps people.

    On the broader stuff, like Socialism, there's just buildings and buildings full of research, theory, and inquiry as to whether it does a good job, and what a good job even is.

    On particular features of Socialism, like universal healthcare and childhood malnutrition (ie. child hunger), there's obviously very strong research that it does good. They're also policies that don't fail basic and obvious moral challenges, for example that if someone is hungry and you can feed them, you should feed them. Any political system intertwined with Capitalistic morality says essentially "no, you don't have to feed them".

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  4. Comment on Academics are really, really worried about their freedom in ~humanities

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    I'm a white person and when I speak up about various injustices I'm absolutely representing the concerns of others. When I donate substantial portions of my income and talk about doing it I become...

    whether the white students speaking up should be considered to represent the concerns of others?

    I'm a white person and when I speak up about various injustices I'm absolutely representing the concerns of others. When I donate substantial portions of my income and talk about doing it I become a voice for the endangered people that I support.

    When white Socialists advocate Socialism, which is a fundamentally communitarian political philosophy, it's inclusivity means that the one represents the concerns of all.

    Black revolutionaries like Fred Hampton, a Socialist, understood this. He wanted to enjoin multiple races with solidarity and a shared political project. Fred Hampton, a black man, could meaningfully represent the concerns of poor white southerners.

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  5. Comment on Academics are really, really worried about their freedom in ~humanities

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    Even acknowledging articles like this that talk about that latter is "falling into the trap", I think. This is storm in a teacup stuff compared to the Vietnam War, and compared to the USA's...

    We need to recognize that protesting the Vietnam War is entirely different from protesting a professor for explaining what the N in NWA stands for, and not fall into the trap of comparing the two.

    Even acknowledging articles like this that talk about that latter is "falling into the trap", I think. This is storm in a teacup stuff compared to the Vietnam War, and compared to the USA's current political crises.

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  6. Comment on Academics are really, really worried about their freedom in ~humanities

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    Because this doesn't come close to ensuring a 'level playing field'. Various inequalities that basically always favour white people exist even amongst students in the same course in the same...

    all are in the position of being students on the same course at the same institution?

    Because this doesn't come close to ensuring a 'level playing field'. Various inequalities that basically always favour white people exist even amongst students in the same course in the same institution.

    The "more able to come to understand" is talking about the education quality disparity experienced by minorities.

    "more able to challenge" is talking about the relative power positions of white people versus minorities, and the consequences to white people for challenging power versus the consequences for minorities who challenge power.

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  7. Comment on Academics are really, really worried about their freedom in ~humanities

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    Sorry what? No it doesn't demonstrate that at all. Yes studies have found that white liberals respond more strongly on social justice than people of color, but that's easily explained by the fact...

    This episode represents a pattern in the letters, wherein it is white students who are “woker” than their Black classmates, neatly demonstrating the degree to which this new religion is more about virtue signaling than social justice.

    Sorry what? No it doesn't demonstrate that at all. Yes studies have found that white liberals respond more strongly on social justice than people of color, but that's easily explained by the fact that white liberals are more able to come to understand and then challenge status quo political structures.

    We can clutch pearls about SJW campus drama, but it's just totally wrong that the relative prominence of young white liberal types identifies that a movement is about virtue signalling.

    Would the fact that white liberal types like Noam Chomsky were leading the anti-war movement during the 60s, and were probably more openly strident about it than your average Vietnamese-American, indicate that the movement was about virtue signalling?

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  8. Comment on NBA players stage playoff strike days after police shoot Jacob Blake in ~sports

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    Wait so Chapelle's story doesn't line up at all? Interesting. That seems sloppy on his part.

    Wait so Chapelle's story doesn't line up at all? Interesting. That seems sloppy on his part.

  9. Comment on NBA players stage playoff strike days after police shoot Jacob Blake in ~sports

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    Another example: David Chappelle claimed in a recent stand-up performance that Kobe Bryant's 50+ point performance on the night someone killed 9 people at a BLM protest helped hold the nation...

    Another example:

    David Chappelle claimed in a recent stand-up performance that Kobe Bryant's 50+ point performance on the night someone killed 9 people at a BLM protest helped hold the nation together.

    Won't comment on whether it's actually true, but it's an interesting example of the relationship between sports and society.

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  10. Comment on NBA players stage playoff strike days after police shoot Jacob Blake in ~sports

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    Chomsky has also claimed Sports are also a distraction from the dysfunctions of society. Deprived of Basketball, some are denied an escape from confrontation with social problems. Murray Edelman...

    Chomsky has also claimed Sports are also a distraction from the dysfunctions of society. Deprived of Basketball, some are denied an escape from confrontation with social problems.

    Murray Edelman also says somewhere in Constructing the Political Spectacle that sports are a domain of tactical battle, but not moral battle. There are opponents, but not enemies.

    Sports are a luxury we really can't afford. Distracted peoples lose fights they don't know they're in.

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  11. Comment on In what small ways are you considerate towards others? in ~talk

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    Feel the same, but Singer himself say people need to talk about their donating so that it normalises altruism. Right now what's normalised is a hideously immoral amount of wealth inequality where...

    I prefer not to talk about this because it sounds incredibly self-aggrandizing

    Feel the same, but Singer himself say people need to talk about their donating so that it normalises altruism.

    Right now what's normalised is a hideously immoral amount of wealth inequality where most don't bat an eye at people spending 1000s on handbags and vacations while children die of easily preventable disease.

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  12. Comment on In your opinion, what is the most powerful speech in history? in ~humanities

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    The Dollop podcast did a 3-parter on John Brown. What an incredible person. Totally understand why he's one of the hosts' favourite American.

    The Dollop podcast did a 3-parter on John Brown. What an incredible person. Totally understand why he's one of the hosts' favourite American.

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  13. Comment on In your opinion, what is the most powerful speech in history? in ~humanities

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    Having listened to both the 'I've been to the Mountaintop' and 'I have a dream' speeches recently, I found the "somewhere I read..." part much more powerful than the "I have a dream..." part of...

    Having listened to both the 'I've been to the Mountaintop' and 'I have a dream' speeches recently, I found the "somewhere I read..." part much more powerful than the "I have a dream..." part of the respective speeches. The ending to 'I've been to the mountaintop' is just beautiful.

    Most powerful in a different way is "This is water" by David Foster Wallace. It brings out the
    profundity in ordinary modern life. It's unpretentious, vulnerable, and just deeply human.

    My answers are definitely biased by having access to the at least the audio. If I could hear the audio I might come to love most Eugene V Debbs's speech to the court upon being convicted of sedition.

    I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

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    As the midnight approaches, the southern cross begins to bend, the whirling worlds change their places, and with starry finger-points the Almighty marks the passage of time upon the dial of the universe, and though no bell may beat the glad tidings, the lookout knows that the midnight is passing and that relief and rest are close at hand. Let the people everywhere take heart of hope, for the cross is bending, the midnight is passing, and joy cometh with the morning.

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  14. Comment on What's a life lesson you've learned in the past year? in ~talk

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    I wasn't having a go at you, just in case you interpreted it like that. The internet helped me escape my own bubble in my late teens.

    I wasn't having a go at you, just in case you interpreted it like that. The internet helped me escape my own bubble in my late teens.

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  15. Comment on What's a life lesson you've learned in the past year? in ~talk

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    I'm glad I wasn't really on the internet at that age 😅. Ahh, the days of dial-up...

    I'm glad I wasn't really on the internet at that age 😅. Ahh, the days of dial-up...

  16. Comment on What's a life lesson you've learned in the past year? in ~talk

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    Being concerned about dating at 12 years old seems quite premature. When I was 12 we had crushes but no one was dating anyone. Is dating at 12 a normal experience where you're from?

    Being concerned about dating at 12 years old seems quite premature. When I was 12 we had crushes but no one was dating anyone. Is dating at 12 a normal experience where you're from?

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  17. Comment on The Amish keep to themselves. And they’re hiding a horrifying secret: "A year of reporting by Cosmo and Type Investigations reveals a culture of incest, rape, and abuse." in ~humanities

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    This is properly horrid stuff. This line from Spotlight has stuck with me:

    This is properly horrid stuff. This line from Spotlight has stuck with me:

    If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.

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  18. Comment on What are some ways in which I could further develop my critical thinking skills? in ~humanities

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    Is it? What level of maths is required to present a literature, history, or philosophy thesis?

    necessary if you want to present literally any kind of thesis.

    Is it? What level of maths is required to present a literature, history, or philosophy thesis?

  19. Comment on What are some ways in which I could further develop my critical thinking skills? in ~humanities

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    Jesus, that fanfic is large. Is it something that regarded as worth reading?

    Jesus, that fanfic is large. Is it something that regarded as worth reading?

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  20. Comment on What are some ways in which I could further develop my critical thinking skills? in ~humanities

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    Murray Gell-Man. That effect does illustrate the reality of domain-specific critical thinking.

    Murray Gell-Man. That effect does illustrate the reality of domain-specific critical thinking.

    4 votes