• Aerial Photographs of Iceland by Andre Ermolaev – glacial rivers flowing through Iceland’s volcanic areas and the patterns and colours that emerge from the resulting flow.

40 thoughts on “In-box

  1. Neotarf Post author


    Jimmy Wales, “Will the internet set us free?”

    al-Jazeera interview with:

    *Bob Ayres, a former NSA and CIA intelligence officer

    *Isabella Sankey, the director of policy at British human rights organisation, Liberty

    *Herman Chinery-Hesse, a Ghanaian internet entrepreneur and founder of one of Africa’s largest software companies; and

    *Oliver Kamm, a British writer and journalist.

  2. Anonymous
    in the beginning was the word…animation
    The production of the Bible, in Hebrew and Greek, Latin and English, involved the transmitters of the Bible in many inventive transformations of the page. In this Flash animation we understand the page as an interface between the reader and the text, an interface that underwent manifold changes over the centuries through the addition of many features: spacing, paragraph marks, punctuation marks, capitals, glosses and cross references, and so on.

  3. Anonymous

    Berenice Abbott Gurnaid “Changing New York” 1939 “Physics” book 1960

  4. me Post author

    This is actually a Thing.
    “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit”
    Although bullshit is common in everyday life and has attracted attention from philosophers, its reception (critical or ingenuous) has not, to our knowledge, been subject to empirical investigation.Here we focus on pseudo-profound bullshit, which consists of seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true and meaningful but are actually vacuous. We presented participants with bullshit statements consisting of buzzwords randomly organized into statements with syntactic structure but no discernible meaning (e.g., “Wholeness quiets infinite phenomena”) Across multiple studies, the propensity to judge bullshit statements as profound was associated with a variety of conceptually relevant variables (e.g., intuitive cognitive style,
    supernatural belief). Parallel associations were less evident among profundity judgments for more conventionally profound (e.g., “A wet person does not fear the rain”) or mundane (e.g., “
    Newborn babies require constant attention”) statements. These results support the idea that some people are more receptive to this type of bullshit and that detecting it is not merely a matter of indiscriminate skepticism but rather a discernment of deceptive vagueness in otherwise impressive sounding claims. Our results also suggest that a bias toward accepting statements as true may be an important component of pseudo-profound bullshit receptivity.
    Keywords: bullshit, bullshit detection, dual-process theories, analytic thinking, supernatural beliefs, religiosity, conspiratorial ideation, complementary and alternative medicine

  5. Anonymous
    Ex Machina: Personal Attacks Seen at Scale “The contribution of this paper is to develop and illustrate a method that combines crowdsourcing and machine learning to analyze personal attacks at scale…. We apply our methodology to English Wikipedia, generating a corpus of over 100k high quality human-labeled comments and 63M machine-labeled ones from a classifier that is as good as the aggregate of 3 crowd-workers.


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