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2020-01-16
Health

But what has for the most part been overlooked is that Katz and THI and many of its council members have numerous industry ties themselves. The difference is that their ties are primarily with companies and organizations that stand to profit if people eat less red meat and a more plant-based diet. Unlike the beef industry, these entities are surrounded by an aura of health and wellness, although that isn’t necessarily evidence-based.

2020-01-13
Health

Yet another success story of Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet. Natalie consumes a high-fat carnivore diet including sheep’s head and brains.

2020-01-13
Culture

In all, the thick academic prose of feminist scholars confers gravitas to what otherwise could resemble political propaganda. “The patriarchy is the root cause of everything! Fight it now!”… if only the word patriarchy was replaced with capitalism, it’d be similar to communist propaganda.

It’s no coincidence that many of my former professors had academic backgrounds in Marxism. In fact, it makes sense now, since redistribution of privilege (and not just capital) is an imperative for a utopian post-oppression society.

Interesting parallel between academic feminism and marxism. See other articles by Toni Airaksinen here.

2020-01-12
Culture

Cancel culture goes underground:

I am concerned that people believe free speech is improving on college campuses when in fact things are getting worse. We have fewer overt examples of speakers being shouted down and disinvited, but now the censorship is going underground. Those who talk to me behind closed doors censor themselves because they know the consequences of speaking up. As the economist Timur Kuran has explained, this preference falsification is extremely dangerous because it prevents us from having the meaningful conversations necessary to find practical solutions to problems.

See The Equity Agenda by Stuart Reges for context.

2020-01-08
ByAuthor
Programming

Significant API simplification in this release.

2020-01-07
ByAuthor
Programming

Explorations in representing data in Haskell.

2020-01-05
Health

Much of nutrition science is based on studies done on overweight Western population, something to keep in mind if you are not part of that population.

2020-01-05
Culture

Getting involved in politics online can be stressful. Better to focus on improving oneself.

2020-01-02
Culture

Reassuring to see Dhall fix a loophole in their inherited code of conduct without any ideological resistance. The main goal of CoC should be to ensure smooth interactions among participants, so that we can get back to focusing on creating great software products.

2019-12-31
Humanity

An article about the theoretical physicist Carol Rovelli‘s book The Order of Time, wherein he essentially argues for time being an illusion. What I found most remarkable about his explanation is the seeing of identity itself as a product of perception of time.

2019-12-17
Humanity

Also see: Lisa Feldman’s Theory of constructed emotion

2019-12-12
Humanity

Interesting report of a self-professed female psychopath. Unlike popular depictions of psychopathy her report indicates that there might be something beneficial to the condition. Via Artyom.

2019-11-29
Culture

A sociology-inspired overview of “cancel culture” in the software community.

2019-10-09
Health

The propaganda against eating animal products is beginning to end. See Examine.com for a fair analysis.