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Zuckerberg and Harari

Mark Zuckerberg’s new Facebook manifesto has been much in the news lately; Vox’s Ezra Klein characterizes it as Mark Zuckerberg’s theory of human history. “History is the story of how we’ve learned to come together in ever greater numbers,” Zuckerberg … Continue reading

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Max Tegmark: Our Universe Has Finally Awoken

Every year the editor and agent John Brockman, who specializes in works by scientists, hosts an annual question at Edge.org, soliciting hundreds of brief essay responses, and then publishing them in a book. The responses are also posted on the … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Science, Abortion, Trump v Reality

Here’s a great statement by Neil deGrasse Tyson: What Science Is and How and Why It Works The scientific method can be summarized in one sentence, which is all about objectivity: “Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into … Continue reading

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Not a Facebook post about Trump

I am not watching the inaugural this morning. I can’t bear it. I’ve even stopped watching most TV news, in the last week or two. For decades, I have watched the Today Show every morning, on NBC, for at least … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Right-Wing Prediction Failure; Why to Doubt; Culture Can’t be Rational

Conservatives, especially religious extremists, seem given over to paranoia and prophecies of doom, and they never learn. 10 Right-Wing Predictions About Obama That Never Came True Among those implicated: Michele Bachman, Sarah Palin, Joseph Farah, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Larry … Continue reading

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Some Links from Facebook: Asimov; California; Google Sky; Haidt

I keep ‘saving’ links or posts on Facebook that I don’t get around to right away, to read or post. Here are a few from the dozen I’ve saved in the past month or so. NPR: Adopting a Sci-Fi Way … Continue reading

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Index to Reviews

I’ve built a page here for reviews, books and films, that I’ve posted here since mid-2013, when the “Views from..” blog was established, succeeding the earlier Locus Online editorial blog. The link is in the header above. I’ll go through … Continue reading

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Blog ToC Updated

I spent a couple three hours this afternoon — as a storm moved in over the Bay Area — compiling my own Table of Contents to this blog, and updating that page. I thought I had not posted so much … Continue reading

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2016 European Tour, Days 4-5: On the Boat; Cádiz; Málaga

Wednesday, 5 October: Last morning in Lisbon, we found a sidewalk cafe for croissants and coffee. I did a bit of computer work, then we checked out of the hotel and taxied to the cruise ship. We’re on an Oceania … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Cognitive Biases, Trump, and Reality

A recurrent theme: human mental habits do not perceive reality accurately. Here on Huffington Post is a huge circular graph, a Cognitive Bias Codex, grouped into four quadrants and 20 ‘buckets’. Here’s a link to an enlarged version of the … Continue reading

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