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Read Recently: Thomas Metzinger, The Ego Tunnel

The Ego Tunnel (2009) is a popular treatment of the ideas from Metzinger’s longer, denser book, Being No One. I’ve tried to read the longer book a couple times and bounced off, so I thought I would try the easier … Continue reading

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Colorblindness in practice: the politics of California affirmative action

Since a 1996 referendum, Prop 209, California public universities have been forbidden from using affirmative action in admissions. Since then, those schools have seen their black and hispanic populations shrink (in some cases almost to nothing), and their Asian-American populations … Continue reading

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How is submarine combat like building a city?

Found this on my computer, apparently written in 2010. I guess I never posted it before because I didn’t decide on an answer to the question it poses: what is it that simulation games of very different subject matters have … Continue reading

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CISPA, and the size of the Anglosphere vs. US politics

I’m interested in the ways the US derives rents from being a major imperial power. One way this happens is through the widespread use of English as international language. For example, people born in the US can travel and work … Continue reading

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Court-appointed lawyers and the complexity of the legal system

There’s no shortage of horror stories about the lawyers (public defenders and otherwise) who are appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants. They are grossly underpaid and overworked, and as a result they can routinely be found sleeping through trials, skipping … Continue reading

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On Bluerazz Sourpower Snackattackpacks

“Bluerazz Sourpower Snackattackpacks” is one of my favorite pages from A Lesson Is Learned, But The Damage Is Irreversible, by David Hellman and Dale Beran (I have many favorite pages). It’s got pathos, absurdity, references to classical and modern literature, … Continue reading

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Is Archer mean? Yes.

Jesse Thorn interviewed Adam Reed, creator of TV’s Archer, in 2011. Not essential reading but some of what Reed says is interesting. In addition, Thorn goes out of his way to defend Archer against charges of meanness: JESSE THORN: I … Continue reading

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Boys

From Christina Hoff Sommers in the Times: There are some who say, well, too bad for the boys. If they are inattentive, obstreperous and distracting to their teachers and peers, that’s their problem. After all, the ability to regulate one’s … Continue reading

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Some SF recommendations

I wrote up some recommended science fiction reading for a friend, and figured I would post it here. I’ve also been mentioning a couple favorite writers in my grad app Statements of Purpose, in the hope they might catch someone’s … Continue reading

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Is there a common error in Chomsky’s linguistics and his politics?

(This is just a super-sketchy idea I had. I don’t have any particular confidence that there’s any error in Chomsky’s politics or in his linguistics, and my knowledge of each is limited. I have no formal education in linguistics. But … Continue reading

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