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my favorite evidence of the existence of god is the fact that richard dawkins invented a word that meant “idea, as an entity subject to selective pressure” and now everyone knows it and uses it to mean “picture with words on it”

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La salvezza dalle trappole dell'ignoranza non è incontrare qualcuno che ti sbatte in faccia l'evidenza scientifica. E' sviluppare il senso critico necessario a capire quando le tue persone di fiducia hanno deciso di imbrogliarti, come hai fatto con i tuoi genitori quando hai smesso di credere a babbo natale nonostante le rassicurazioni in tal senso delle persone che più ti amavano al mondo. La conoscenza è nulla senza il senso critico, la curiosità, la "scientific attitude"

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TIL about Russell's Teapot

> He wrote that if he were to assert, without offering proof, that a teapot, too small to be seen by telescopes, orbits the Sun somewhere in space between the Earth and Mars, he could not expect anyone to believe him solely because his assertion could not be proven wrong.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell%

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Social media's stranglehold comes from lock-in, not network effects (network effects can be reversed with . The important thing about a walled garden is the height of the walls, not the number of people locked inside them: wired.co.uk/article/social-med

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so many emotions about #signal right now.

* mark zuckerberg
* the crypto payment thing
* them finally updating the server code on github

like I don't even know what to think.
I liked that it was simple and thats the selling point that got most of my contacts to move over. I just hope whatever theyre doing ends up better than it's sounding.

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So, we need defensive machine learning, a couple of ideas:

- machine learning to haggle with online marketplaces about the best price AND/OR the most environmentally and labour friendly source
- machine learning to break news consumption into it’s own separate thing outside social networks, where truthfulness, trust, and following-up topics is prioritized, this could be as simple as a glorified feed reader
- machine learning to manage email on the client side based on priorities set by the user

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