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Eric Schwitzgebel and Fiery Cushman have an interesting paper (pdf, pubished Cognition version here) which raises that question rather directly: We examined the effects of framing and order of presentation on professional philosophers’ judgments about a moral puzzle case (the […]
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Danny Hillis in 2013 warned that it really is possible to break the Internet. This article discusses some of the potential failure modes we should be discussing. “And yet, every day the internet gets bigger and more indispensable. The truth is, we need the internet so much that no-one wants to think about it not being there. But maybe, one day, that may come back to haunt us.” 
Could the internet ever be switched off – or destroyed? Chris Baraniuk investigates what it would take to bring down the network we all now rely on.
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Probably the most destructive administrative act in the last 50 years, and the root cause of almost all of America’s problems: “It was called the "Fairness Doctrine" created to prevent the American people from receiving misinformation in the guise of fact. Over 60 years later, the Fairness Doctrine is a thing of the past and the American people are worse off because of it.”  ...  This history of the fairness doctrine shows that its elimination led to today’s utter polarization of media, in which our fellow citizens stare at hate-drenched lie-festivals … essentially Nuremberg Rallies… without ever catching more than strawman-scarecrow glimpses of another side.

http://www.examiner.com/article/repeal-of-fairness-how-ronald-reagan-gave-us-fox-news-and-other-bias-sources

While the Left has its own echo chambers that strive to copy the lucrative Fox – captive audience – business model, there are no masters of propaganda better than the crew led by Roger Ailes.  Indeed, MSNBC teeters on bankruptcy because dedicated leftists are only a small minority of the Blue Constituency. The larger portion — moderate liberals — get bored by nuremberg rallies and wander off to find a variety of sources.  They are the ones who do not need an Fairness Doctrine.  They fell the itch on their own, to sample a range of perspectives.  

But the far-left and entire-right are dogma junkies. Those portions of the populace need to be exposed to occasional rebuttals to the hypno-lobotomizing propaganda swamps they stare at, endlessly nodding as hate and fear levels just keep rising.

A restored fairness doctrine… even demanding just one minute of rebuttal per hour… would utterly destroy their system.  Do you doubt I could do that minute, myself?  Give me one minute per hour on Fox… one minute per three hours… hell even one minute per week… and I would leave the Fox lie machine a smoldering ruin.

And that is why the masters of the right will fight to the death against any “fairness” on publicly owned airwaves.  The Ailes-heimers sickness they impose on millions would dissipate like a bad dream, and so would this phase of our re-ignited Civil War, setting us back on the path of non-demonizing, practical negotiation and vigorous, but reasonable argument. Until Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley finally can stop spinning in their graves.

Oh, for those of you preaching the cynical line that “the parties are just the same, equally captured by Wall Street and equally corrupt,” dig this well.  Democrats have long supported the Fairness Rule… and Republicans (especially Ronald Reagan) sought to destroy it.  Nothing better shows that the matter now is not “left-vs-right” but honest/sane versus dishonest/insane.

 Go on, spin out the rationalizations! But deep inside you know. This deliberate lobotomization of American political discourse is nothing less than treason.
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This holiday season, we’re sharing the love—of Modernist Cuisine, that is. Mark your calendars and set your alarms: starting December 8th, we’re giving away a different Modernist Cuisine gift every day for eight days. We’ll offer a new item each morning at 12:01 A.M. (PST), so check our ...
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Sarah Griffith, a former girlfriend of Ralph Baldenegro, says he assaulted her four times in 1984, holding a knife to her twice and raping her once. As a result of a plea bargain, he served three months of electronic home confinement. A year after his record was cleared, he killed Julie Bucalo in a way that Griffith said evoked chilling similarities with his attacks on her.
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A fine article explaining how tech adoption is NOT speeding up, despite what VOX claims.    As a bonus, the article explains how analysis can be easily skewed by arbitrary (or malicious) selection or exclusion of data.  This analysis mistake goes by many names including "Garbage In, Garbage Out".  
Yesterday the folks over at Vox published an article arguing that generations should be defined by the technology they use, rather than by age. They included a graph that purported to show how American society is "adopting new technology more quickly than ever before." The graph is garbage. And here's why.
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Leana Wen proposed that Doctors publicly disclose payments from drug companies.  Other doctors react with anger and threats of violence against her.  All that for her suggesting in a public forum that doctors reveal payments from drug companies.
Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.
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