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“Never stop. No matter how many failures. When you know you’re doing what you’re meant to do, you have to try.”

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“Over the course of a lifetime, an average Norwegian consumes 1,203 animals:

6 cows, 28 pigs, 24 sheep, 3 reindeer/deer, 1,137 chickens, and varying numbers of small game, horses, goats, and rabbits.”

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A list of philosophers who have over 100 followers on , by @philosophy

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Very happy to have contributed a chapter to this fine collection on the . In it, I focus on the implications of the of for the and of , and more generally.

In particular, I argue that some (though not all) objects of olfactory experience are temporally extended. This includes both objective properties of the external environment, e.g. concentration gradients, and interactions between odorants and our sensory apparatus at the receptor level.

This makes olfactory experience observer- or perspective-dependent without rendering it subjective or mind-dependent in any philosophically substantive sense. It also opens up the possibility of an event-based metaphysics of olfactory experience.

Along with the rest of the volume, the chapter can be accessed online here:

Many thanks to the editors, Ben Young and Andreas Keller, and other contributors for helpful comments and feedback. I look forward to reading the other chapters!

Some days, when I'm writing code, I have these little mental Statler and Waldorf sitting on my shoulders, making fun of what I'm writing.

Some days, I have Fozzie Bear and Animal instead.

is willing to outfit us with a few flimsy tools to help us keep healthy relationships with our phones, but it’s also willing to sell you a screen to literally keep strapped to your face.”

Tehre is shtonemig wonrg wtih tihs ptucrie. 😵‍💫 (Hint: it’s not the text on the slide!)

is right to herald the arrival of a new computing paradigm, which it calls . Though I prefer the label as the central aim is to create an experience in which the user seems to inhabit the interface which augments and extends the surrounding physical environment. This also avoids prioritising the visual modality since this paradigm will in time extend to tactile, olfactory and even gustatory stimuli.

For anyone who’s interested, the take-home message is that visual experience involves surface colour in preference to what philosophers call apparent colour (Bob calls this colour ‘sensation’, though I think his use of this term is idiosyncratic), so the traditional picture according to which we ‘first’ experience apparent colour and merely infer surface colours is incorrect.

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I think I’ve heard at least four different versions of this talk on colour perception by renowned vision scientist . Each time I’m struck by its simplicity, elegance and explanatory power. 🙌 🌈

This review hits the nail on the head: ’s is not a standard headset. Instead it’s a new kind of wearable computer in which the user interface is structured around the environment. This explains the high cost of the device and will be a major differentiator for Apple.

I get that is doing everything it can to make AR cool, but a pair of high-tech ski goggles that displays a simulated image of your eyes still looks kind of kooky to me. 🥽 🤷‍♂️

Instead of focusing on virtual reality maybe we should work on making actual reality suck less?

Confirmed: the atmospheric CO2 concentration at Mauna Loa averaged 424.0 ppm over May 2023. That's 3.0 ppm higher than last year, and that's a lot.
It is also the highest monthly average on record, and most probably of the last 15 million years.

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It is now too late to save summer Arctic sea ice, research has shown, and scientists say preparations need to be made for the increased extreme weather across the northern hemisphere that is likely to occur as a result.

Analysis shows that even if greenhouse gas emissions are sharply reduced, the Arctic will be ice-free in September in coming decades. The study also shows that if emissions decline slowly or continue to rise, the first ice-free summer could be in the 2030s, a decade earlier than previous projections.

#climateChange #climateCatastrophy #climateEmergency #climateBreakdown #tippingPoint

Risk of #LongCovid at 10% on first infection, rising to 20% on second.

There is nothing you do voluntarily that has this level of risk. Not flying, not skydiving, not driving.

US National Institutes of Health Study Finds Increased Risk of Long Covid After Reinfection

>Study shows risk of Long Covid is very common after Omicron reinfection, but is anyone listening?

#sars2 #SARSCoV2

“Dad… what are you doing?”

Apple refusing to call anything in #WWDC keynote "AI" and instead calling it all "ML" is warming my heart.

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