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New podcast episode out! 

New podcast episode out!

You can listen here, or on most other major podcast curators (e.g., Apple, Google, Spotify)

In this episode, I interview Rachel Taylor about her past research studying trance/possession rituals in African Diaspora religions and neo-paganism and Heathenry and her current career as a senior principle organizational change consultant at Collaborative Solutions (which, by the way, is hiring; We talked about loving academia but also knowing its reality, and about the importance of learning how the world works.

Transcription updated.

Off Campus is a podcast that interviews PhDs or almost-PhDs from humanities fields who currently work in alternative-to-academia careers. By listening to their stories, this podcast aims to shed light on life beyond the academe, what scholarship can do in the broader world, as well as how graduate training in the humanities helps or fails to help us prepare for the path off campus. More about the podcast here:

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Hi fediphilosophy users, a quick but important note on moderation 

While I can't moderate users from other instances, what I can do is "server-block" them, meaning banning them from interacting with anyone on my server.

Obviously I'd only want to do this if they violate server rules in egregious ways. But please know that this is an option.

I sometimes personally block people, which means I can't see what they say anymore. If someone repeatedly makes inappropriate remarks, please DM me to let me know! I might ask for screenshots too as I might have blocked this person already. But please don't assume I'm seeing it and choosing to do nothing!

(A thought after my first block.)

(Please boost before I figure out how to make an auto-boost bot.)

# of professional invitations turned down due to US visa issues is 3 for me so far.

Edit to clarify: by "issues" I mean the very-normal wait time of 4 months for a visa interview appointment. There is in fact no complication in my case.

Gonna try this one out:

So I have a vague memory of a book I've been wanting to read. I think it's an ethnography/ investigative journalist style account of the law school rankings. The (one?) theme is high ed ranking systems and the financial/political influence of Harvard and similar schools.

I know this is very little information. But... any guesses?

Edit: found it!

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Hello! I'm History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis, an academic journal dedicated to the history of philosophy. The motto of the journal is 'The history of philosophy should not only be honored as historical documents, but first and foremost be taken seriously from a philosophical point of view.' The journal has been published since 1998; since moving, in 2020, to Brill Publishers, the journal appears twice per year.

I had an account as but with @AustralasianJournalPhilosophy and @ajlonline being here, maybe we can make this the home of philosophy journals.

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Dear colleague psychologists, Please read the preprint, "Dealing with Diversity in Psychology: Science and Ideology", by Dr. Steven Roberts, and then sign the open letter (in next toot) to ask for accountability for this racist treatment by the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science and for the EiC to resign. 1/n

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We are aware of the recent security breach in Misskey resulting in server spams on Mastodon.

We have not been attacked and have preemptively blocked the domains where the reported spams originate.

Side note: if you hear of similar concerns in the future, *please do not search for those domains* (which is what would trigger the attack). (No one did it but I just want to make sure folks know.)

Visiting my alma mater (UBC) after 9 years and seeing my tuition money at work.
(Seriously though it’s so fancy I can barely find my way around.)

How Twitter’s “Teacher Li” became the central hub of China protest information

In his own words, the Chinese painter shares how he became a one-person newsroom during a week of intense protests against China's zero-covid policy.

Those of you who have not experienced years of pervasive censorship and absolutely zero freedom of press might not be able to fully appreciate what this guy did and what it meant to them/us.

why are there so many ChatGPT posts on my feed (from different people, on different themes, too)

I just want to burry my head in the sand and do blue book exams from now on

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Crystals can absolutely keep negative energy away. Just throw them at the person being negative until they go away.

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I have the possibility of doing a yearlong #project with students about #math.

What are cool projects that you can think of that are accessible to students (age 16 through 18) and that are also interesting enough to keep students entertained for a whole year?

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Frankly #ChatGPT makes me so sad and disillusioned with NLP research.

It's not the model not being available; it's not the fact that is trained on unknown data and methods; it's not the clear commercial priorities and marketing.

But the combo of all three is such a blow 😔

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Time for a very late #introduction!

I'm an Associate Professor at #Arizona State University (#ASU), where I do a lot of inter- and multi-disciplinary work straddling animal behavior/behavioral ecology, autonomous systems/robotics, optimization/analytics, and machine learning/AI. Lately, I've been doing a lot of work with #ants, #bees, #swarmIntelligence, and #brain-inspired #AI. But my background is in #controlTheory.

Otherwise, yay to #dogs, #hiking, #nature, and #homeImprovement! 😃

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Another (non philosophy) random thought:

@xiyudu and I had talked about what to call someone (like her) who sets up a Mastodon instance from the programing site. I initially offered "developer", but she didn't really "develop" the code. Then she offered "maintainer", since she's in charge of maintaining the instance by, e.g., upgrading or troubleshooting.

Recently I've come across "instance administrator", which might work, but sometimes people are allowed to be admin of a site without being the owner of it. Today I saw "instance operator", which I think sounds super cool.


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New journal dedicated to the philosophy of mathematics
All papers are free to download in the author’s language, paper version in English when volume complete.

Random thought:

The "values in science" literature often specify that they are debating the legitimacy of values in affecting *the core functioning of science* and not the peripheral stuff like scientists often choose to work on project A over B because A is better funded and more likely to lead to career advancement. So far so good.

But another thing that's often glossed as an example of "peripheral stuff" is ethics clearance in study design. So, e.g., certain experiments can't be performed on humans or certain studies can't be done deceptively.

Surely those are examples of values affecting "the core functioning of science", no? Choosing to do an experiment on mice as opposed to people is a core methodological choice, right?

Did I read the literature wrong? Are there papers (which I missed) that talk about values in science in these settings?


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Just done presenting at the Philosophy Department at Uni of Bristol. Talking about the various notions of logicality and what they have to say about the status of arithmetic. Great questions from the audience.

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If someone wants a short, gentle and entertaining explanation of what modern logic does what would people recommend?

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Hello Mastodon. Let me introduce myself.

I'm not quite a cognitive scientist, not quite a neuroscientist, and not quite a data scientist. I like to think of myself as an intelligence scientist (let's see if that term sticks).

My research is on how the brain makes decisions, how we learn from our experiences, and how we explore to seek information. Along the way I try to develop new methods for understanding the brain and behavior.

Outside of the lab I'm interested in #philosophy, #openscience, #art, and #SocialJustice

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