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John Basl
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Finally, I found it! 
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For some reason, AlphaDog (and its predecessor) freak me out.
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Erm.... because it looks oddly not mechanical. It's weird how a robot can look so organic.

I remember seeing some youtube comments where people suggested that bigdog was actually two men bent over facing each other in costume. I'd say that speaks to how perfectly it mimics natural movement.

Which is freaky. So. Freaky.
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Now, Andrew Light, following up an awesome talk by Nicole Hassoun, on Geoengineering and climate ethics. This guys work is great. 
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Every once in awhile I reread the final paragraph of "The Origin." So good.

"It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. These laws, taken in the largest sense, being Growth with reproduction; Inheritance which is almost implied by reproduction; Variability from the indirect and direct action of the conditions of life, and from use and disuse; a Ratio of Increase so high as to lead to a Struggle for Life, and as a consequence to Natural Selection, entailing Divergence of Character and the Extinction of less improved forms. Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved." - Darwin
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Nice point about how academics vary greatly in the informal networks that provide them 'pre-reviewing.'
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This + G++ = singularity?
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New AD?! It just makes me want to set myself on fire! 
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Workshop in Applied Philosophy at Northeastern. Matt Liao is trying to convince us to enhance humans to mitigate climate change. The crowd is skeptical. 
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If it ain't good, it ain't an enhancement.
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I have a bunch of OUP credit. What should I get?
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My paper is on invertebrate cognition, it's a volume with a really wide scope!
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Yesterday, I had misspelled the word 'happiness' in class. I was fixing it as I uttered "we need to spell out what happiness is". I didn't notice until the students laughed. Accidental win!
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Assistant Professor, Philosophy
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  • Northeastern University
    Assistant Professor, 2013 - present
  • BGSU
    Assistant Professor, 2011 - 2013
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Bowling Green, OH - Madison, WI - Everett, MA - Cambridge, MA
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Asst. Prof in Philosophy at Northeastern University
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I'm a philosopher. In the fall of 2013 I moved from BGSU to Northeastern University. I work on issues in applied ethics and philosophy of biology. 

I'm a big fan of bouldering and playing foosball. 

I'm happily engaged and have an awesome dog!
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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Philosophy, 2006 - 2011
  • Northeastern University
    Philosophy, 2000 - 2006
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