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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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“The best way to avoid getting , experts all agree, is to avoid getting at all.”

This article gives a good overview of current medical thinking and approaches to .

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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!

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The negative aspects of ​s could be fixed by making them work more like replies. A , if you will.

Instead of appearing as a new toot unconnected with the original, the original toot would be boosted with a comment added that is shown both to followers and, crucially, the original poster.

Subsequent replies would then go to both in the usual way so that the conversation is not forked. (The same should also happen with regular boosts IMO.)

Not what we want to hear...

"Greenland Ice Sheet is close to a melting point of no return, says new study"

The Greenland Ice Sheet covers 1.7 million square kilometers in the Arctic. If it melts entirely, global sea level would rise about 7 meters (23 feet), but scientists aren't sure how quickly the ice sheet could melt.

Based in part on carbon emissions, a new study using simulations identified two tipping points for the Greenland Ice Sheet: releasing 1000 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere will cause the southern portion of the ice sheet to melt; about 2500 gigatons of carbon means permanent loss of nearly the entire ice sheet.

Having emitted about 500 gigatons of carbon, we're about halfway to the first tipping point.

"The first tipping point is not far from today's climate conditions, so we're in danger of crossing it," said Dennis Höning, a climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research who led the study. "Once we start sliding, we will fall off this cliff and cannot climb back up."

The study was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.


#Emissions #Environment #Climate #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency

“Long COVID and myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) both seem to impact the oldest parts of the brain in a curiously similar fashion.”

GPT-4 does slightly better:

“As an AI language model, I don't have real-time access to the latest publications. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, Keith A. Wilson is not a well-known philosopher with a list of publications. It's possible that he has published work since then, or under a different name, but I cannot provide a list of publications without more information.

“If you meant to ask about a different philosopher or if you have a specific topic or publication in mind, feel free to provide more context and I would be happy to help.” (h/t @sudo)

So at least GPT-4 ‘realises’ the limits of its training data. But upon what basis, and can it reliably guess what information is true and what is false?

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My wife says that any time someone proposes doing anything with an ML model, you should replace “AI” in the proposal with “trained weasels” and if it still sounds like a good idea you can go ahead with it.

The endgame for twitter is the remaining twitter staff basically operating a bunch of sock puppets that reply to elon musk's tweets after everyone else has left the platform like a fucked up 21st century version of Dinner For One.

Unsurprisingly, none of them are even remotely connected to my actual publications. 🤷‍♂️

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A list of publications that misattributes to me. Some of these are real works written by someone else. Others are completely made up.

Awoke to a beautiful snowy scene outside my window in . We may be on daylight savings time, aka ‘summer time’, but the Norwegian climate is still very much in winter mode! ☃️

a big deal: @elonmusk, Y. Bengio, S. Russell, @tegmark, V. Kraknova, P. Maes, @Grady_Booch, @AndrewYang, @tristanharris & over 1,000 others, including me, have called for a temporary pause on training systems exceeding GPT-4

EDIT/UPDATE: Earlier I posted an unqualified endorsement of this piece. That was a mistake, as good friends pointed out. Parts of it are patently silly.

How did that happen? The essay filled in a missing piece in my thinking, and that was very exciting. The nonsense parts were so obviously nonsense that I didn't give them a second thought. I will try to do better.

Here's a deconstruction with which I agree:

Thie piece itself, unpaywalled.

then: Whatever the robust disagreements or frank exchanges of the last few weeks, I am confident we will unite behind Humza as our new party leader in the shared and common objective of independence

Kate Forbes now:

Weird that there is no iPad version of the Classical app. Or a desktop app for that matter.

I’m unconvinced of the benefits of an all-glass design for portable devices. Yes, they might look nice, but glass is relatively heavy and breaks easily. Carbon fibre would surely be a more practical choice.

Once masto has quote tweets, broadband federated keyword search function, and fast refresh/load speed on phone apps it will be truly competitive. Till then it’s still secondary source.

The NHS COVID-19 app is to close down on 27th April.

I often worry that my imposter syndrome isn’t real.

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