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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Why Are Transgender People Immune To Optical Illusions?

[Epistemic status: So, so speculative. Don’t take any of this seriously until it’s replicated and endorsed by other people.] I. If you’ve ever wanted to see a glitch in the Matrix, watch this spinning mask: Source: http://hearingthevoice.org/2013/11/14/predictive-coding-masterclass/ Did you see … Continue reading

Open Thread 78.75

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Conversation Deliberately Skirts The Border Of Incomprehensibility

From lierdumoa.tumblr.com: To my friends on the [autism] spectrum, let me explain to you an unspoken social rule that possibly nobody has ever explained to you before If a neurotypical asks you, “What game are you playing?” they’re not asking … Continue reading

Open Thread 78.5

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To Understand Polarization, Understand Conservativism’s Failures

Earlier today I talked about one reason for increased polarization on the Democratic side. Now I want to match it with one reason the Republicans have even more of a problem. Ask anyone what Republicans want, and they’ll say things … Continue reading

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Open Thread 78.25

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Against Murderism

[Content warning: discussion of racism. Comments are turned off due to bad experience with the comments on this kind of material.] I. A set of questions, hopefully confusing: Alice is a white stay-at-home mother who is moving to a new … Continue reading

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OT78: Oprah Thread

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Open Thread 77.75

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Links 6/17: Silinks Is Golden

Did you know: JRR Tolkien’s great granddaughter, Ruth Tolkien, is the only blind person in the UK to be a competitive fencer. She is currently ranked the #186th best fencer in the country. Alpha – an ambiguously-AI-automated alliterative account about … Continue reading

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