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I'm an working in esp and . The image is a portrait in vegemite and ink (the vegemite was hard to work with so I had to add ink) on toast that I did of the great David Lewis. It relates to this quote from Lewis' classic paper "What Experience Teaches":

'So you may know what it's like to taste Vegemite. I don't, and unless l taste Vegemite (what, and spoil a good example!), I never will.'

I don't endorse Lewis' ability hypothesis but his paper has been a notable influence on my work on both knowing-how and 'what it is like'-knowledge.

See e.g., my first ever publication "The Ability Hypothesis and the New Knowledge-How:

And my more recent publications "Knowing What It Is Like and Testimony":

and "Transformative Experiences and the Equivocation Objection":

I'm currently writing a book on 'what it is like'-knowledge related to these works.

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Hello new followers! I am a social theorist working at the intersection of sociology, philosophy, and politics of knowledge. I have PhDs in sociology and in anthropology (yes, had too much time on my hands 🙂 ); I've worked at Cambridge, Aarhus, Central European University, Singidunum and University of Belgrade, and have held visiting fellowships at Bristol, Auckland, and the Open Society Archives (yes, like to travel 🙂 ). Since 2020, I have been assistant professor at the Department of sociology at Durham University, UK; I am also on the editorial board of The Philosopher.

My 'claim to fame' is probably coining the phrase "no such thing as following the science" in relation to UK Gov't's (absence of ) Covid strategy in 2020 - not as an anti-realist claim but as a way of drawing attention to the politics of knowledge and evidence.

I also do actual (like, scientific, peer reviewed and all 🙃 ) research, which is under Publications on my profile.

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When writing (but not when speaking) I have a habit of putting clauses in unnatural positions.

E.g. I can take notes on what is helpful [as I read the book] as someone new to the area.

Generally I move them forwards in the sentence like in the example above where the clause in [] would be better at the end.

I have googled to see if this is a feature of dyslexic writing but I don't think I know the right terms to search. I would be really interested if it is a studied/common phenomenon.

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My future department is hiring! Feel free to DM me with questions, and I will try to answer as best to my knowledge so far.

University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), College of Engineering (CoE), invites applications for a full-time, general funded, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, pending position clearance and availability of funds, to begin approximately August 1, 2023.

This position is part of the College-wide effort to establish a leading interdisciplinary research team in the field of Biomedical Engineering. The successful candidate is expected to develop an excellent, externally funded research program. There is the possibility of collaborations with other researchers in the CoE, College of Natural Sciences, John A. Burns School of Medicine, the UH Cancer Center, and the UH Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity.

See more details here:

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Hi everyone, I just migrated to this server from a different one, so I guess I should post an introduction (again).

I am an Associate Professor (Teaching) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), where I teach courses in philosophy, religious studies and interdisciplinary humanities.

From time to time, I post on topics relating to comparative ethics, globally engaged philosophy of religion, Wittgenstein, and music.

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A story as I remember it:
When I was about 10 years old I couldn’t really read independently. At school I was still reading graded reader for much younger children. We went to my aunt and she gave this book to my younger brother because I would not be able to read it. I was so angry I stole the book as soon as we got home and read the whole thing. It opened the whole world of books to me and I suddenly went to reading books I just found around the house all by myself.

Professors of Mastodon-

Do you post slides on LMS?

Reasons for: they serve to guide students during review.

Reasons against: they disincentivise notetaking. Students assume slides can substitute for notes even though they don't.

(I would obviously still share slides with students who need them for disability-related reasons and they might share with others. But that should still present enough of a practical obstacle for the above pros & cons to hold for most students.)

Thoughts and perspectives are much appreciated! @philosophy @academicchatter

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I went hiking in the Ozarks on Saturday morning and stumbled on a small patch of frost flowers!

This is the first time I've seen them, and I was surprised to see them this late in the year. Frost flowers typically form during the first few hard freezes of fall when sap in certain small plants freezes, rupturing the stem and forcing water out. The water freezes on contact with the air and builds up into distinctive flower-shaped petals!

#Photography #Arkansas #Weather #MacroPhotography #arwx

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Received my first "I know you from Mastodon" professional email. Achievement unlocked ✅

I should start a tally of the number of invitation requests I'm seeing that is just "I come from twitter".

I come from Vancouver. So what?

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Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train going anywhere

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The K-State Philosophy Department is advertising two new tenure-track lines! One is ethics/social/political philosophy, and the other is in formal philosophy (logic/decision theory/philosophy of mathematics/philosophy of science).

The ethics/social/political deadline is 11/28/22:

The formal philosophy deadline is 1/3/23:

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Is there a way to see a list of who is on a particular instance, or even to follow an instance? There are several interesting instances popping up, and while I'm more than happy to be on fediphilosophy, which is going great, I'd like some way of getting the equivalent to the local timeline for other instances.

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Thanks @kinozhao for the quick primer!

Once more without the spamalot. :^)

Started out in Hegel's naturphilosophie (@Toronto) back in the ancient days. Became a country philosopher on a small campus in the rolling Kettle Moraine of rural Wisconsin -- now part of UW Milwaukee. I work primarily in Environmental Philosophy (with Aristotle most recently), mythological and religious discourse (using Peircean semiotics) and I get to hang out with the great bunch at and the other great bunch at

Plus taijiquan and ukuleles.


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me: *screaming into the abyss*

the abyss: this could have been an email

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If you are already on the Sociologists on Mastodon list but want to add keywords or change anything else, you can use this form to send me an email:

@sociology #sociodon

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We are a free online philosophy magazine, running since 2017. We do long read, technical essays. We're 56 issues deep, working on the 57th right now (we release monthly, like an old-school magazine).

We've published work widely across the areas of philosophy. Though, looking at our index, there's a lot on and it seems. 🙄

Anyway, we're completely free. No ads. No sign-ups. Just good writing you can read whenever. You can subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us here, or both, to get announcements when the new issue is live. We're also always happy to receive new submissions!

Many thanks to @fediphilosophy for hosting us here~


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I have a request.

Bad actors will soon figure out - if they haven't already - that setting up impersonations of important organizations now will allow them to set off an explosion of chaos and confusion at a time of their choosing.

So if you run an account for an organization (especially #LGBTQ), please set up link verification between your Mastodon account profile and your organization's website.

If not, please boost.

Instructions are here under "Link Verification":

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