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The Tsonga people of Southern Africa are also openly disgusted by the practice: “Kissing was formerly entirely unknown… When they saw the custom adopted by the Europeans, they said laughingly: “Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other’s saliva and dirt!” Even a husband never kissed his wife” [..] “The Perry Island people didn’t engage in kissing, but they certainly knew how to rub noses, and rubbing noses can be very exciting if it is done the right way with the right noses”
A nutritionist reflects back on how she fell prey to propaganda, much like others in medicine:
Looking back I think there were many factors that shaped my previously held stance on nutrition. I believe my education set me up to be susceptible to a plant-based diet. I was educated that too much red meat is not good. I was educated to value fruits and vegetables over meat. With this mind set, I was predisposed into believing red meat was bad for me and that the only animal protein (if any) I should eat was chicken and fish. I became further disgusted by red meat through documentaries and books with a vegan agenda. Red meat causes climate change, red meat decreases our life expectancy, red meat is morally bad. This pushed me further away from red meat and meat in general. I became more focused on this ideology of health rather than listening to my own body. Without me even realizing it, I began to shape my identity around a plant-based diet. It was really hard for me to break up with this idea of what I thought was healthy and it took me months of self-education to open up my eyes.
Interestingly what precipitated all of this was her new boyfriend (love is powerful, eh?). And this is not the first time such a precipitation happens.
Being curious, being an idealist, being an optimist, not settling for second best, etc. is how humans make progress.
I’m an idealist, and I believe that a perfect programming language with perfect tooling (or, at least, Pareto-optimal language and tooling) can exist. This is in contrast to people who just see languages as tools to get the job done. For them, a language is probably as good as the libraries available for their tasks. For me, a programming language is an instrument of thought, and I’d like this instrument to be as versatile as possible.
Emotional imperialism: The strange belief that your feelings should dictate someone else’s behavior.
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.
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.
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.
Significant API simplification in this release of Rib, a Haskell static site generator library I originally wrote as an alternative to Hakyll, based on Shake.
Explorations in representing data in Haskell.
Getting involved in politics online can be stressful. Better to focus on improving oneself.
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.
A sociology-inspired overview of “cancel culture” in the software community.