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“Down one path is understanding the humanities foremost as knowledge work… Down the other path is understanding the humanities as a kind of pure activism committed to rejecting the values that govern institutional and civic credibility” — Aaron Hanlon (Colby) on the “credibility crisis” facing the humanities
“We all must take a more active role as consumers in how these technologies are developed” — novelist-professor Sam Lipsyte (Columbia) writes amusingly about his trip to Vegas to hear a philosopher & a sex-technologist talk about sex robots, and maybe try out the tech himself
Socrates said that studying philosophy was preparation for dying — at one (and only one) university in North America, undergraduates can cut out the middleman and just major in death
“Many Russians are not to blame for the war or the atrocities. Living under a draconian authoritarian regime, they are manipulated by a powerful propaganda machine and they face harsh punishment if they protest” — still, sanctions that may harm them are justified, argue Avia Pasternak (UCL) & Zofia Stemplowska (Oxford)
“To create a truly secure (and permanent) encryption method, we need a computational problem that’s hard enough to create a provably insurmountable barrier for adversaries.” How can we tell if such a problem exists? — the epistemology of the possibility of cryptography
New: “In the CAVE: An Ethics Podcast”. It “explores some of the big ethical and philosophical issues facing contemporary societies” — from the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE), it’s on Spotify and other podcast platforms
“Once you read these critiques, it becomes painfully obvious that the Dunning-Kruger effect is a statistical artifact. But to date, very few people know this fact” — a step by step explanation of the problem with one of psychology’s most famous findings

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