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Jonathan Max Wilson
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poetry + programming + puppetry + everything else
poetry + programming + puppetry + everything else

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Harvesting Bartlett Pears today!
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9/2/17
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Some good advice from scholars and teachers at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale for students everywhere: Think for Yourself

"In today’s climate, it’s all-too-easy to allow your views and outlook to be shaped by dominant opinion on your campus or in the broader academic culture. The danger any student—or faculty member—faces today is falling into the vice of conformism, yielding to groupthink."

Read the whole thing here:

https://jmp.princeton.edu/announcements/some-thoughts-and-advice-our-students-and-all-students

#education #thinkforyourself #college #university #students #advice
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The author and I likely disagree about most political issues, but this entire essay is a must read:

"The more obsessed with personal identity campus liberals become, the less willing they are to engage in reasoned political debate.
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So classroom conversations that once might have begun, I think A, and here is my argument, now take the form, Speaking as an X, I am offended that you claim B. This makes perfect sense if you believe that identity determines everything. It means that there is no impartial space for dialogue. White men have one "epistemology," black women have another. So what remains to be said?

What replaces argument, then, is taboo. At times our more privileged campuses can seem stuck in the world of archaic religion. Only those with an approved identity status are, like shamans, allowed to speak on certain matters. Particular groups are given temporary totemic significance. Scapegoats are duly designated and run off campus in a purging ritual. Propositions become pure or impure, not true or false. And not only propositions but simple words. Left identitarians who think of themselves as radical creatures, contesting this and transgressing that, have become like buttoned-up schoolmarms when it comes to the English language, parsing every conversation for immodest locutions and rapping the knuckles of those who inadvertently use them."

http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Colleges-Are-Strangling/240909?key=_ds5xEy29SM9Wq4Ek8CmAQtrc-CeIrKfiAiM9xrC72owFjxGcKz7IMnqil4QSloiYk84ZDk1Tm12cVVDUE5LTU91RFhNNW1JeVh0VVhUdllEVlBtMG9zemI5MA

#politics #education #university #identity
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"While it is true that good people must stand up and speak out against evil, I am concerned that constant social-media virtue signaling can become a substitute for virtue itself, and that it might contribute, counter-intuitively, to a kind of moral fatigue and general apathy regarding everyday sin and suffering.

There is a danger that as long as we have signaled that we have the right views concerning the outrage du jour, we will feel righteous, even while we continue to privately mistreat our families, take advantage of our neighbors, employees, and co-workers, hold grudges, and indulge our favorite sins."

Read more at:

https://www.sixteensmallstones.org/virtue-signalling-moral-fatigue-outrage-addiction-and-favorite-sins/

#virtue #outrage #socialmedia #trendingtopics #hypocrisy
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Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland:

"A few weeks ago when speaking to new mission presidents at the Missionary Training Center, I shared a story about two brothers, just as I heard it from individuals who knew the family and had heard it recounted by a family member. Within a few days, my office was contacted by the family, who expressed concern that some elements of that account were not accurate due to embellishing by a family member.
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As a courtesy to me the family contacted my office, wanting me to be aware of the inaccurate parts of the story and offering their help in avoiding any perpetuation of those elements in the account I heard. I am deeply touched by their humility and courage in doing so, and as an equal courtesy to them, I am withdrawing the story completely and request that it not be shared further."

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685840/Elder-Holland-withdraws-Church-News-missionary-story.html

#lds #mormon #corrections
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This is an interesting interactive presentation about trust and Game Theory. Not only is the content interesting, but it is an interesting use of a video game as a didactic tool.

NOTE:
* Plays Music, but it can be muted
* May take 30 minutes or more of your time

http://ncase.me/trust/
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I think this is a very important article. It illustrates how bad we are at evaluating proportion and risk. It shows how perceived risk can cause more damage than real risk. And it suggests that our misperceptions are interfering with our ability to produce affordable clean energy.

https://aeon.co/ideas/fear-of-radiation-is-more-dangerous-than-radiation-itself

"The truth, however, is that the health risk posed by ionising radiation is nowhere near as great as commonly assumed. Instead, our excessive fear of radiation – our radiophobia – does more harm to public health than ionising radiation itself. And we know all this from some of the most frightening events in modern world history: the atomic bombings of Japan, and the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima."

Hat tip to Joseph Maughan

#risk #psychology #radiation #radioactive #radiophobia #cleanenergy #Chernobyl #Fukushima
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"Eggsterminate!" 🥚🍳
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My daughter sometimes draws faces on the eggs we collect from our chickens.

Feel free to submit a creative caption.

#eggcellent
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