Friday, May 07, 2021

Vale Kate Jennings (1948-2021)

 If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s path to becoming Liberia’s first female president was not an easy one. In speaking up against the nation’s inequalities early in her career, she endured periods of exile, prison, and near-executions. But her commitment to a better future for her country never wavered, and as president she championed education, development, and free elections. “My experience sends a strong message that failure is just as important as success,” said Sirleaf in her 2011 commencement speech at Harvard. She reminds us that the dreams that come with risks are worth pursuing, no matter how daunting they may seem in the beginning. In fact, often what limits us is not the obstacles in our path but the fears and doubts that stop us from dreaming big in the first place.

At the recommendation of soulful yammerites, I read Cry Bullies: Protecting yourself against social muggers and victimhood aggression and it was worth the time. It is a short read from a few years ago that packs a lot of information that is still relevant in dealing with the current lot of Karens, SJWs and beta males who think they run the show. They don’t. This book teaches you how to fight back by understanding the mindset of the social harasser and how to put a stop to their nonsense. The right tools and the will to fight back is the only way to deal with our current political climate. Better arm yourself.

Twenty years ago, all bets were on you. Scion
Of genius, amply talented yourself, you were

The one for whom we had the highest hopes.
Your writing, dense with allusion, led us 

To anticipate that you would be our Joyce,
Nabokov, Borges. Looking back I’d venture 

We were perhaps too easily impressed
By your erudition, ours being a country 

Where the word mandarin means only
An orange. Or a collar ...

  A self-described troublemaker, Kate Jennings was one of our finest writers

  • By Elliot Perlman

Vale Kate Jennings (1948-2021)

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EXCLUSIVE Credit Suisse investors call for tougher coal finance policy -letter Reuters

AI Routinely Misreads Emotion In Human Faces. Should We Worry?

Today affect-recognition tools can be found in national-security systems and at airports, in education and hiring start-ups, in software that purports to detect psychiatric illness and policing programs that claim to predict violence. The claim that a person’s interior state can be accurately assessed by analyzing that person’s face is premised on shaky evidence. – The Atlantic

  1. What should you do as the commenter on a philosophy paper? — some common and not-so-common options, from Jonathan Ichikawa (UBC)
  2. What’s the use of impostor syndrome? — Stephen Gadsby (Monash) thinks it may be motivating
  3. “He is much more than an intellectual, he is an adventurer of ideas” — “Voltaire in Love” is a new four-episode Franco-Belgian mini-series
  4. “Pro-choice advocates have deliberately avoided engaging moral or ethical questions about abortion” — they shouldn’t, argues Nathan Nobis (Morehouse) and Jonathan Dudley (JHU)
  5. “All I knew was that it was interesting” — Stephen Darwall (Yale) interviewed by Connie Rosati (UT Austin) about his life and work in philosophy in PEA Soup’s “Mentees Interviewing Mentors” series
  6. “A surprisingly underexplored question is whether many people have thoughts” — so they did a study. The good news is “The results were consistent with everyone having thoughts,” but there might be worries about the methodology
  7. “Social robots might change the social moral order by changing the metaphors that humans use to understand themselves” — with the upshot that we will be more likely to think in utilitarian ways, argues John Danaher (NUI)