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The Philosophy of the Oddball | The New Republic
This is the best explanation of what Cavell is trying to achieve, and naturally, it's by Richard Rorty:

Austin hoped to reimpress us with the truth of the old saw that philosophers kick up dust and then complain that they cannot see. But Austin did not press the further questions that fascinate Cavell: What compels them to kick up all that dust? Why do they want to talk so funny? Why are they not content to be, and speak, Ordinary? Why do they refuse to acknowledge the ordinary, human world? These questions amount to: Why do philosophers go in for skepticism? Why do they ask whether the table is really there, whether you might turn out to be a robot, whether you see what I see when we simultaneously remark the deep vermilion in the rose?

If one is not satisfied with the answer “It’s all they know how to do: they were taught to ask these questions in graduate school,” one will have to find some deeper significance in philosophical, Descartes-like skepticism (as opposed to practical, Montaigne-like skepticism). Finding such significance has been Cavell’s lifework, the central project of all his books.
philosophy 
yesterday
Purity and Data - EPIC
alternative ways of thinking about data. 100j
teaching 
yesterday
Emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) Leaders: Richard Socher, Salesforce
Profile of Richard Socher. The best line is this:

Socher goes on to explain what he sees as the 3 requirements for any successful AI endeavor: Data, algorithms, and workflow integration. Salesforce has the data, MetaMind and other machine learning teams at Salesforce develop the algorithms, but the workflow integration could be the most important ingredient and one that goes to the heart of Socher’s ambition, the practical implications of his research, its impact on the world.
moocs  artificial_intelligence 
yesterday
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Coursera | Web Policy
jonathan mayer's exposure of Coursera's privacy holes
moocs 
yesterday
Platforms, publishers, and the uneasy alliance at the heart of journalism - Columbia Journalism Review
Thompson’s remarks are symptomatic of themes that recurred in our research. As platforms gather speed in squashing fake news, developing artificial intelligence applications, and hiring moderators or curators to restore some kind of order to their own businesses, they are opening a new front for conflict with not just existing press organizations but with governments, businesses, and activist groups both in the US and across the world.

The underlying business issues for journalism and the long-term decline of advertising support have not gone away, but they have ceased to be the only issue for editorial organizations and journalists. The “partnerships” we heard so much about in our research, and the very surprising access and closeness between some news organizations and platform companies, have an added dimension that goes far beyond economic consequences for publishers—and into fundamental questions about the type of market structure and protections needed for the operation of a free press.

100j
Teaching  platformization 
5 days ago
Sex, drugs, and rhetoric: The case of flibanserin for ‘female sexual dysfunction’ - Judy Z Segal, 2018
100g; interesting case of how patients are mobilized in approval or disapproval of drugs
teaching 
7 days ago
Personal Informatics for Sport
impact of self-tracking on sports; 100j
teaching 
7 days ago
Why the Forced Error Does Not Get Its Due in Tennis - The New York Times
189; coming up with categories;

possible project: history of unforced errors and have they changed players' strategy?
teaching 
11 days ago
A Flawed Elections Conspiracy Theory - POLITICO Magazine
100j. He says google doesn't do this. But it could be doing it unintentionally.
Teaching 
12 days ago
The case for quarantining extremist ideas | Joan Donovan and Dana Boyd | Opinion | The Guardian
The emphasis of strategic silence must be placed on the strategic over the silencing. Every story requires a choice and the recent turn toward providing equal coverage to dangerous, antisocial opinions requires acknowledging the suffering that such reporting causes. Even attempts to cover extremism critically can result in the media disseminating the methods that hate groups aim to spread, such as when Virginia’s Westmoreland News reproduced in full a local KKK recruitment flier on its front page. Media outlets who cannot argue that their reporting benefits the goal of a just and ethical society must opt for silence.

Newsrooms must understand that even with the best of intentions, they can find themselves being used by extremists. By contrast, they must also understand they have the power to defy the goals of hate groups by optimizing for core American values of equality, respect and civil discourse. All Americans have the right to speak their minds, but not every person deserves to have their opinions amplified, particularly when their goals are to sow violence, hatred and chaos.
polarization 
15 days ago
The Darkness Before the Right - The Awl
great description of alt right and noreaction
polarization 
18 days ago
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