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Humanity’s Halting Problem, Adam Riggio « Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
"Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger have written Re-Engineering Humanity as a sustained and multifaceted critique of how contemporary trends in internet technology are slowly but surely shrinking the territory of human autonomy. Their work is a warning, as well as a description, of how internet technologies that ostensibly make our lives easier do so by taking control of our lives away from our self-conscious decision-making."
book  review  technology  technology-critique  big-data  from instapaper
september 2018
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
"The most famous psychology study of all time was a sham. Why can’t we escape the Stanford Prison Experiment?"
social-psychology  methods  replication  prison  from instapaper
june 2018
The United States of Work | New Republic
"PRIVATE GOVERNMENT: HOW EMPLOYERS RULE OUR LIVES (AND WHY WE DON’T TALK ABOUT IT) by Elizabeth AndersonPrinceton University Press, 224pp., $27.95 NO MORE WORK: WHY FULL EMPLOYMENT IS A BAD IDEA by James LivingstonThe University of North Carolina Press, 128pp., $24.00"
book  review  labor  work  ideology  capitalism  neoliberalism  business  management  power  from instapaper
april 2017
Divided We Fall | New Republic
"The Founders knew that economic inequality would destroy America's democracy. So why can't the Constitution save us?"
america  crisis  politics  history  inequality  wealth  money  progressive  reform  from instapaper
april 2017
Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"Markus Seidel, Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 284pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781137377883."
book  review  philosophy  science  epistemology  relativism  from instapaper
october 2014
Being at Home in the World: Burke, Paine, and Modern Politics | Public Discourse
Review of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left by Yuval Levin
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february 2014
The Philosophers' Mail
"The man is indeed employed, but in truth, he belongs to a large subsection of those in work we might term the 'misemployed'. His labour is generating capital, but it is making no contribution to human welfare and flourishing. He is joined in the misemployment ranks by people who make cigarettes, addictive but sterile television shows, badly designed condos, ill-fitting and shoddy clothes, deceptive advertisements, artery-clogging biscuits and highly-sugared drinks (however delicious). The rate of misemployment in the economy might be very high. "
employment  unemployment  jobs  work  misemployment  human-resources  labor  from instapaper
february 2014
Science in a Complex World: When big secret data meet future science | Santa Fe Institute
"While we can, and probably should, limit contemporary collection, part of the debate as we reassess our national surveillance policies should be a consideration of the future scientific utility of archival collections: should we, in the future, release previously collected "legacy" data in a manner that both protects privacy and helps scientists understand the collective patterns of human interaction that govern our daily lives? If so, what should be the design of a curation policy that would balance privacy concerns and make full utility of what we have already gathered?"
big-data  big-brother  privacy  future  science  archaeology  surveillance  remote-sensing  history  sts  cold-war  military-industrial-complex  from instapaper
february 2014
Philosophies of Significance | Knowledge Ecology
"What Stengers, Latour, Haraway, and Whitehead have in common is a basic understanding that in order to account for the reality of values, we need an alternative metaphysics not based in the subjective-objective dichotomy, nor one that collapses the Real into either category. Latour’s newest work in An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (“AIME”) is itself an investigation into the ontology of values, as is Haraway’s more recent take on multispecies cosmopolitics. With Noë, cosmopolitics and AIME both seek to elevate the status of values rather than use them to attack the nature of the sciences. However, for the latter group the ontological status of values is much broader than what Noë hints at — though does not foreclose — in his commentary."
philosophy  ontology  values  subjectivity  objectivity  objects  subject  from instapaper
january 2014
Schooling Rebooted : Education Next
"Today’s education technology holds immense promise, but what matters more than the tools themselves are how they are used in schools and in classrooms. In Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, Frederick M. Hess and Bror Saxberg argue that educators have tended to think of adopting technology as a way to “reform” or “fix” schools. The would-be reformers have poured tablets and online learning software into classrooms, presuming that magic would eventually happen. But schools are complex and hard to move, while these efforts have been correspondingly unfocused. The more promising way forward involves tapping learning science to determine where the familiar schoolhouse falls short on providing deliberate practice, timely and copious feedback, and extensive opportunities to build mastery—and how new tools can help us do better. Following are three excerpts from the book that convey the core of their argument."
education  future  reform  engineering  learning  from instapaper
january 2014
Experiments in Living | The American Conservative
Review of Yuval Levin - The Great Debate. - very interesting section on J.S. Mill.
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january 2014
Peek inside your own brain! The rise of DIY neuroscience - Salon.com
"Neuroscience is a rapidly growing field, but one that is usually thought to be too complex and expensive for average Americans to participate in directly. Now, an explosion of cheap scientific devices and online tutorials are on the verge of changing that. This change could have exciting implications for our future understanding of the brain."
diy  neurology  neuroscience  enhancement  cognition  from instapaper
december 2013
They're Watching You at Work - Don Peck - The Atlantic
"What happens when Big Data meets human resources? The emerging practice of "people analytics" is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote. "
big-data  analytics  work  labor  human-resources  from instapaper
december 2013
Ian Hacking reviews ‘DSM-5’ by the American Psychiatric Association · LRB 8 August 2013
"DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition by the American Psychiatric Association American Psychiatric Publishing, 947 pp, £97.00, May, ISBN 978 0 89042 555 8"
book  review  psychology  classification  standards  history  mental-illness  medicine  from instapaper
august 2013
To be a superprofessor is an act of aggression. | More or Less Bunk
1. To be a superprofessor is to stop teaching. 2. To be a superprofessor is to aid the corportization of higher education. 3. To be a superprofessor is an attack on your colleagues and your grad students
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july 2013
British Politics and Policy at LSE – Book Review: Social Media as Surveillance: rethinking visibility in a converging world
"Within a few years social media has become an ordinary part of our everyday lives. So too increasingly have fears about the impact this technology has had on privacy. In Social Media As Surveillance Daniel Trottier presents empirical research with a range of interested parties, using this a basis to explore the relationship between social media and surveillance. Paul Bernal found the book impressive and timely, particularly with regards to the insight its data offers into contemporary practices and anxieties. "
book  review  social-media  surveillance  sousveillance  privacy  from instapaper
july 2013
The endless frontier: U.S. science and national industrial policy (part 1) « The Berkeley Blog
"The U.S. has spent the last 70 years making massive investments in basic and applied research. Government funding of research started in World War II driven by the needs of the military for weapon systems to defeat Germany and Japan. Post WWII the responsibility for investing in research split between agencies focused on weapons development and space exploration (being completely customer-driven) and other agencies charted to fund basic and applied research in science and medicine (being driven by peer-review.)"
science  research  funding  government  military-industrial-complex  history  cold-war  sts  from instapaper
july 2013
Prolapsarian A Letter to Goldsmiths art students on capitalism, art and pseudo-critique
"The pseudo-critical stance of these artworks makes a mistake in terms of the object of its critique: again and again, what is called into question is “capitalism”, which is taken to be some conceptual whole, plucked from the heaven of ideas, and imported directly into the artwork as an object of ridicule. The type of capitalism that is the object of critique is seemingly a wholly abstract thing. Capitalism exists for these artworks not as an historical process, a dynamic governing relations between people, and between people and nature, but instead merely as a critical concept, pristine from the theory tool-box. It is not the capitalism that might be known from the experience of exploitation, the submission of humans to the laws of value. It isn’t a capitalism that holds within it technical determinations, not one that leaves historical traces of the destruction it wrought, not one that weighs more heavily on us with that every life it crushed. Instead, it is a “capitalism” borrowed from the pages of the latest offerings of Semiotext(e) or ZeroBooks. "
art  conceptual  modern-art  critique  capitalism  from instapaper
july 2013
Patterns of Refactored Agency
"I’ve found it to be a good general-purpose cognitive tool to try to see the world with agency located in unconventional places. Normally, we like to imagine ourselves as the chief agents in our lives – making choices, taking actions, pursuing our own interests that we have identified for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with this, of course. It’s no doubt much more healthy to think in that way than the inverse – to view yourself, for example, as nothing but a puppet of external forces. But it is not so good to be trapped in a single fictional model of the universe. To understand large systems we need to go beyond the everyday model of agency and think in new ways."
agency  metaphor  causation  free-will  philosophy  psychology  patterns  from instapaper
april 2013
The Meme Hustler | Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler
"The enduring emptiness of our technology debates has one main cause, and his name is Tim O’Reilly. The founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, a seemingly omnipotent publisher of technology books and a tireless organizer of trendy conferences, O’Reilly is one of the most influential thinkers in Silicon Valley. Entire fields of thought—from computing to management theory to public administration—have already surrendered to his buzzwordophilia, but O’Reilly keeps pressing on. Over the past fifteen years, he has given us such gems of analytical precision as “open source,” “Web 2.0,” “government as a platform,” and “architecture of participation.” O’Reilly doesn’t coin all of his favorite expressions, but he promotes them with religious zeal and enviable perseverance. While Washington prides itself on Frank Luntz, the Republican strategist who rebranded “global warming” as “climate change” and turned “estate tax” into “death tax,” Silicon Valley has found its own Frank Luntz in Tim O’Reilly. "
silicon-valley  personality  influence  memes  technology  criticism  critique  open-source  from instapaper
april 2013
"Marcel Kuijsten. Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes’s Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited. Julian Jaynes Society, January 2007. "
book  review  consciousness  mind  psychology  from instapaper
march 2013
Notes on Identity, Institutions, and Uprisings | Whimsley
"Fin­ish­ing up what I said I’d fin­ish a cou­ple of months ago, this is a shorter ver­sion of a paper on “Iden­tity, Insti­tu­tions, and Upris­ings” with less math­e­mat­ics, no ref­er­ences (see the link above) and more opin­ion­at­ing."
online  behavior  revolution  social-movement  identity  model  from instapaper
march 2013
When It Comes to Security, We're Back to Feudalism | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
"In this new world of computing, we give up a certain amount of control, and in exchange we trust that our lords will both treat us well and protect us from harm. Not only will our software be continually updated with the newest and coolest functionality, but we trust it will happen without our being overtaxed by fees and required upgrades. We trust that our data and devices won’t be exposed to hackers, criminals, and malware. We trust that governments won’t be allowed to illegally spy on us."
computers  security  markets  audience  trust  business  feudalism  from instapaper
december 2012
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Mastering Linear Algebra in 10 Days: Astounding Experiments in Ultra-Learning
"The first step is to demystify the process. Getting insights to deepen your understanding largely amounts to two things: Making connections Debugging errors"
studying  learning  education  autodidactic  hacks  from instapaper
october 2012
n+1: The Theory Generation
"If you studied the liberal arts in an American college anytime after 1980, you were likely exposed to what is universally called Theory. Perhaps you still possess some recognizable talismans: that copy of The Foucault Reader, with the master’s bald head and piercing eyes emblematic of pure intellection; A Thousand Plateaus with its Escher-lite line-drawing promising the thrills of disorientation; the stark, sickly-gray spine of Adorno’s Negative Dialectics; a stack of little Semiotext(e) volumes bought over time from the now-defunct video rental place. Maybe they still carry a faint whiff of rebellion or awakening, or (at least) late-adolescent disaffection. Maybe they evoke shame (for having lost touch with them, or having never really read them); maybe they evoke disdain (for their preciousness, or their inability to solve tedious adult dilemmas); maybe they’re mute. But chances are that, of those studies, they are what remain. And you can walk into the homes of friends and experience the recognition, wanly amusing or embarrassing, of finding the very same books. If so, you belong to what might be called the Theory Generation; and it has recently become evident that some of its members have been thinking back on their training. "
literature  review  history  theory  cultural-theory  novel  fiction  irony  from instapaper
october 2012
The Great American Novel and the search for group cohesion | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network
"Now, rewind to America’s post-Civil War landscape. Something was needed to bring the country back together—and that something had to be a something that was neutral enough to make for quick and fertile ground for in-group identification, a special nineteenth century Dot Estimation Task, if you will. And that minimal group paradigm of choice emerged soon enough, as none other than the idea of the Great American Novel, or the GAN. Is it a coincidence that the concept of the GAN was born in 1868, just a few years after the American Civil War—or is there something more to the timing?"
literature  history  american-studies  america  novel  groups  community  from instapaper
september 2012
Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no. | Impact of Social Sciences
"In the information profession, there is a lot of talk about whether Google Scholar is a good resource for academics and, generally, librarians are hesitant to say that it is, especially if they work with science research. Librarians are a user-centered group, and understand that students like Google Scholar and use it often. But when science students ask about using Google Scholar for their research, many science librarians provide a response that advises students to be extra critical of search results found there or even direct them to different resources all together."
google  scholar  search-engine  scholarly-communication  libraries  search  academic  from instapaper
september 2012
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