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Jon Lawhead
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"I'm not an expert on anything, but I can improvise."
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"This case does not exist in isolation. It exists in a political climate where secrecy is regarded as the highest end, where people have their lives destroyed for the most trivial – or, worse, the most well-intentioned – violations of secrecy laws, even in the absence of any evidence of harm or malignant intent... In 2011, Army Private Chelsea Manning was charged with multiple felonies and faced decades in prison for leaking documents that she firmly believed the public had the right to see; unlike the documents Clinton recklessly mishandled, none of those was Top Secret.

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Like the Wall Street tycoons whose systemic fraud triggered the 2008 global financial crisis, and like the military and political officials who instituted a worldwide regime of torture, Hillary Clinton is too important to be treated the same as everyone else under the law.

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But a system that accords treatment based on who someone is, rather than what they’ve done, is the opposite of one conducted under the rule of law. It is, instead, one of systemic privilege.

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[Clinton] recklessly handled Top Secret information, engaged in conduct prohibited by law, and lied about it repeatedly to the public. But she won’t be prosecuted or imprisoned for any of that, so Democrats are celebrating. But if there is to be anything positive that can come from this lowly affair, perhaps Democrats might start demanding the same reasonable leniency and prosecutorial restraint for everyone else who isn’t Hillary Clinton."

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"Morphine spread through my body in relaxing waves. 'Was that alright?' asked Ike, smiling. 'If God made anything better, he kept it for himself.'"

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Casually buried in the middle of this:

"Clinton's favorability is 39/54, and Trump is even worse off at 35/58. This has given rise to the 'Giant Meteor for President' movement, and we find that the Meteor would poll at 13%- far more support than the third party candidates actually on the ballot- with Clinton at 43% and Trump at 38%. The Meteor is particularly appealing to independent voters, functionally in a three way tie at 27% to 35% for Clinton and 31% for Trump." (emphasis added)

This is the year nihilism finally goes mainstream.

*Plenary Meeting July 1*

Hey everyone, we're planning to have an initial hangout meeting tomorrow, July 1, to discuss scheduling and planning for the group. We're shooting for some time in the evening (likely between 8 and 9 PM) Pacific time. Please join in if you can! I'll get an exact time up tomorrow once I have one.

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"Although Capitol Hill and the campaign trail are miles apart, the breakdown in order in both places reflects the underlying reality that there no longer is any such thing as a party leader. There are only individual actors, pursuing their own political interests and ideological missions willy-nilly, like excited gas molecules in an overheated balloon. [...]

Trump, however, didn’t cause the chaos. The chaos caused Trump. What we are seeing is not a temporary spasm of chaos but a chaos syndrome.

Chaos syndrome is a chronic decline in the political system’s capacity for self-organization."

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+Alexandra Spector, +Jon Lawhead and I went on a hike last night in the Hollywood Hills. Nearly 750' of elevation in 3/4 mile. Steep enough to be quite dangerous at night, so definitely fun. The tree at the top was the only one to survive a 2007 wildfire that burned through 817 acres in and around Griffith Park. People left notes between the stones of a small village of cairns in the area around the tree. Somewhat invasively to their authors, we are sharing a selection of them with you. #Goldilocks

http://www.welikela.com/los-angeles-wisdom-tree/



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Want to learn about the math and science of dynamical systems theory this summer? Join in!

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Want to learn about the math and science of dynamical systems theory this summer? Join in!

I'm a philosopher of science interested primarily in the philosophical foundations of the natural sciences, particularly the complex systems sciences and climate science. I completed my PhD in philosophy in 2014, under Philip Kitcher at Columbia University. My doctoral work analyzed climate science from the perspective of complex systems theory, and discussed the role that computer simulations play in climate prediction. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Southern California, working on interdisciplinary problems in philosophy of science and climate science.

My interests and background are strongest in the foundations of climate science and related problems, but I also have a strong base of knowledge in complexity theory and dynamical systems more generally, as well as in the foundations of computational modeling in the natural sciences. My research centers on the novel problems posed by modeling complex natural systems, including structural model error and the interplay between pragmatic value judgements and the construction of objective formal models, as well as more general foundational questions about the nature of self-organization and emergence in complex adaptive systems. I have also done work at the intersection of complexity theory and the philosophy of biology, engaging with questions about self-organized complexity and function in biological systems, and drawing a contrast with synthetically engineered systems of similar organizational structure.
I also have strong interests in the philosophy of technology, information theory, network theory, and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

I'll be leading the reading group, at least nominally, though I hope other people with different areas of expertise will contribute just as much as I do.
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