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Arseny Khakhalin
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Why I like intelligent machines spying on me
Last week on Reddit people repeatedly freaked out about artificial intelligence machines (Facebook, Google, Amazon) spying on us, humans. Listening to keywords we utter through phone apps that run in the background; inferring who our friends are based on Wi...
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Books: "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren
Everybody in the sciences have apparently read this book long ago; and I know of a professor who made all their students read it. So I felt a bit ashamed not having read it, and had big expectations about it. Well, it's a great book, and I'm happy that it h...
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New personal page, and a review of new Google Sites
Google has being slowly promoting their new Google Sites for about a year now, and recently I've moved most of my website to this new platform. Behold: https://sites.google.com/view/khakhalin Pros: It looks really pretty, with these large sliding images on ...
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On race and teaching props
In one of my classes, I run a short lab on the rubber hand illusion , so naturally when I ran it for the first time I was in need of some fake rubber hands. I figured that for the illusion to work well, I'll need hands that are at least somewhat similar to ...
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Books: A God that could be real by Nancy Abrams
About a year ago I entered my e-mail in a giveaway for a book on theLibraryThing web-site. The idea of these give-aways is that you kind of promise to read and review the book in exchange for a free copy. And then I suddenly won a free copy! So I found myse...
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Against economic growth
One thing that really annoys, or maybe even frightens me, is economic growth. Because when growth becomes a goal, and not a means towards a goal, you are dealing with cancer. Not an organism, not a healthy tissue, but a cancerous outgrowth. I'm fine with ch...
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Small linguistic victories
I was talking at the board, describing some imaginary scientist that does some imaginary experiments, and I referred to this scientist as "she". This sure does not sound like an achievement: of course there are women scientists! My science classes are typic...
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On some differences between industry and academia
I was asked about whether there are differences in the "workplace politics" in the corporate world, and in the academia, and whether academic politics is worse than that in the industry. I think the answer is "yes": academic politics is indeed more painful ...
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Cheat sheet for a busy professor
I was asked by a colleague to share some hacks and cheats that make life of a SLAC professor easier. Here's a quick list I came up with: Grading: Challenge every assignment: is it really needed? What purpose does it serve? Would a shorter / easier to grade ...
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Safe spaces
I actually like the idea of safe spaces in college. But not because they allow students to hide from the world; on the contrary, I like them because they offer a training ground. In a way, the only reason we would need safe spaces at all, is because we are ...
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