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  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Don't think anyone has mentioned this yet - First room-temperature superconductor excites — and baffles — scientists. The one drawback is a doozy....
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    Artificial Intelligence Discovers Alternative Physics "A new Columbia University AI program observed physical phenomena and uncovered relevant variables—a necessary precursor to any physics theory. But the variables it discovered were unexpected." Quite fun....
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    In case you got to the Allie Brosh improved pain scale by searching specifically for that, there's actually a newish post now to plug the fact that she finally got the second book done. It's very funny. The book is...
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    Even Edzard Ernst, who is generally pretty scathing on acupuncture, occasionally admits there may be some uses for it....
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    Daniel Dennett takes the concept of qualia out behind the barn and shoots it. Quite a fun read. I'm equally sure, given the demand for rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty, that there's plenty of other philosophers who'd disagree...
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    Ever since our glorious leaders told everyone to stop worrying about covid, causing everyone to unmask, I actively seek out the robots in the supermarket because they aren't likely to infect me....
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    Poor old Henry Molaison was unmasked quite some time ago. There's a pretty interesting account of him available - Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets....
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    The "All they do is break eggs, but you never get an omelette." line is a pretty good definition of what Conservatives have been doing for decades now....
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    Worth reproducing the concluding paragraph of Stewart Lee's Observer/Graun column - "Because despite the drama, we are still where we always have been. Rightwing media and the Conservative party enabled the promotion of a man they knew was a dangerous...
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    And just because it's really good, the opening paragraph of Marina Hyde's latest- "Boris Johnson is leaving office with the same dignity he brought to it: none. I’ve seen more elegant prolapses. Having spent 36 hours on the run from...
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    Metro wins the Boris Johnson resignation headline contest...
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    Someone suggested he just wants the extra few months because it gets him past May's tenure, which, given the man he is, is not entirely implausible. I like the tweet that said "Third Prime Minister in a row to be...
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    Since we're on politics, here's a good new interview with Corbyn, for those who may be interested. As for Johnson, I think they'll be trying to get him to jump soon (tonight). Doubt he'll have the grace to do so...
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    Vote for anyone who will dislodge a Tory. Even the pro-business anti-worker shite Starmer's been peddling will be slightly better for those of us stuck on the bottom of the heap. Labour have to put money into public goods, it's...
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    If anyone needs a laugh, Minnesota lawmakers voted to legalize THC edibles. Some did it accidentally....
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    It goes to the scihub ru page which allows me to see the full paper, not the abstract. Just clicked it now and it shows the full Sally Marks article to me. I don't know of a better way to...
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    Weird. Here's the where is scihub? page that tracks its latest iterations. If you use that to get through to a scihub mirror and then use the article link it may get you there. If you're sufficiently interested to bother...
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    I know where I linked. It's scihub. If you cut the scihub link you just get a pointless extract, not the whole paper, unless you're prepared to fork over £20 for access or have the required academic route in. Which...
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    Just because it shows up a couple of times upthread; there was nothing at all wrong with the Treaty of Versailles by the standards of the time. It suited both sides to lean into the "squeezing till the pips squeak"...
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    The fine people at The Satanic Temple have been trying to use their religious status as an abortion workaround for a while now....
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    Further hijinks from the Supreme court - While they’re demolishing everything else, the Supreme Court might as well destroy separation of church & state....
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    Bob Calvert was definitely smart enough to be depicting a character in his stuff, rather than making an endorsement of the behaviour. I mean, I doubt he was a fan of dying in car crashes but Deathtrap opens PXR5, which...
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    There's a little bit about Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham over on ask historians. It's not much but definitely enough to say, as with most things, it's a bit more complicated than that. Useful extract- "A key tenet amongst historians of science...
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    "You also rarely see a mammal (and don't get more than glimpses of birds) in ANY reasonably dense woodland" Unless you're a very unusual French bloke...
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    We surpassed the inequality of the gilded age during the pandemic....
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    As a mild distraction from all the usual circular arguments about power, Eric Serra tells the secrets of the diva song in The Fifth Element. Short but quite cool....
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    Johnson wins the confidence motion 216-148. Those are pretty terrible numbers. If the byelections go as badly as they should, I don't think the 12 month procedural rule will save his worthless skin....
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    Since it came up earlier, and to demonstrate quite how odious they are, Laurie Penny brings to your attention a couple of leading TERFS edging pretty damn close to eliminationist talk. The comments get pretty vile too....
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    This piece does a fairly good job of arguing that the "rebellious Scots" bit was never actually an official part of the anthem. The thing which has been entertaining my sick mind over the last few weeks is what would...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    The Wikipedia list of selfie-related deaths and injuries is very long. Falling from height features heavily....
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