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by Luke Muehlhauser on May 21, 2011 in News

New post for Less Wrong: Conceptual Analysis and Moral Theory.

From Twitter:

  • TinyChat: Dead-simple instant video chatting.
  • Is Evan Longoria a superhero, or is this fake?
  • Wow! A U.S. budget plan that doesn’t suck!
  • Morgan Freeman says exactly what I think about Black History Month.
  • An excellent overview of ppTMS, one of the most important tools in recent neuroscience.
  • Swarm of autonomous flying robots builds a small house.
  • A response to Tim & Lydia McGrew’s resurrection argument.
  • Bullet-point summary of How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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Zeb May 21, 2011 at 4:28 am

Is Evan Longoria a superhero, or is this fake?

Are you letting your 60 year old uncle run your twitter ;) A quick google shows it’s fake, obviously.

I agree there are problems with Black History Month (and Women’s History, etc.) . But they do serve a purpose, both because minority contributions tend to be skipped and these focuses force us to find them out rather than just rehashing the received narrative, and because standard history pedagogy with its focus on Great Leaders and Big Events will tend to skip over minorities even if it is being totally fair and non-racist/sexist because the racism and sexism of the times kept minorities and women from becoming Great Leaders and kept them behind the scenes of Big Events. I think the problem though is that only having special minority history celebrations is that it is implied that the rest of the time is White History, but that White History is Regular History. It teaches me that Black History is not my history, when it is, but that White History can and must be accepted by everyone as their history while they also have this little extra bit of their own to show off once year. It’s part of the whole problem of making White “normal” and anything else as alternatively auxiliary or substandard. The solution that I’d like to see but probably never will is to indeed have a White History month. Try to cram in and celebrate all the great important White People and Events that have ever happened in one month. Or at least put up a display case listing every historically important white person, as that’s about what Black History month amounted to at Penn State when I was there. It sounds crazy at first, but personally I feel like it would help clear the stage and create a neutral ground to get on with examining our common history. (Especially if history pedagogy would make more room for the history of culture and common experience, and not just major items on a timeline.)

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drew May 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

Lol, nothing about Harold Camping?

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John D May 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

Maybe Luke’s been raptured….

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CharlesR May 21, 2011 at 10:20 am

That barehand catch was amazing.

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Esteban R. (Formerly Steven R.) May 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

I think that Black History Month is starting to become a bit of an anachronism. At its time it was necessary for the reasons Zeb pointed out, but now, I think we need to move forward and just make Black History (and all other minority histories) as natural a part of historical study as anything else. There’s plenty of progress being made on this. Plenty of my history textbooks have stressed women and black contributions to history and even began to make minority achievements a part of the fluid historical dialogue rather than relegating it to minority sections at the end of the chapter. I think Freeman is being to harsh and society too passive about it.

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Landon Hedrick May 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

The barehanded catch seemed somewhat realistic at first. However, notice what happens when he catches the ball. The batter and the pitcher don’t even look in his direction.

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Luke Muehlhauser May 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

drew,

Enough about him elsewhere…

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mojo.rhythm May 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

We all got left behind! Shite!

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mojo.rhythm May 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Also that budget plan doesn’t look half bad. The Republicans are fighting a bitter class war against the population, and camouflaging it in empty rhetoric about austerity and so-called “courageous” spending reform. The GOP are a bunch of fiscally-irresponsible jerks who need a lesson or two in human compassion.

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Dan May 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

The response to Tim & Lydia McGrew’s resurrection argument seems pointless. Isn’t it just poking holes in a story that hasn’t even been proven true? Why talk about the eye witnesses when we don’t have any? We have no proof that anything we have in our Bible comes from anyone who were writing truth, in fact we have the contrary.

So why poke holes in what they’ve written when we first need to establish that they were even there to know for sure what happened?

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Reginald Selkirk May 22, 2011 at 11:55 am

The next time someone predicts the end of the world we can say they’ve “gone Camping.” It could be the greatest euphemism since “hiking the Appalachian Trail.”

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