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"This year's #BuyNothingDay stands to be the most critical yet in the activist tradition's nearly 30-year history.

Why? It hardly bears repeating: the coronavirus has decimated the economy and (re-)exposed nauseatingly profound inequalities. In its wake, barely any but the biggest and most ruthless of businesses can hope to survive while the rest drop like flies."

#consumerism #oligarchy #inequality #capitalism #jeffbezos #adbusters

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RT @IndexCensorship: Index is alarmed by reports of an escalation in Covid infections at Belmarsh prison, where Julian Assange has been confined to a cell for 10 days now. These conditions are clearly a threat to his own health and safety. His release is not only necessary, it is urgent

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I get that many people in prison did bad things. But we need to get past our petty feelings of revenge and hurting back people as "justice". We can do better.

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Time for morning espresso :cupofcoffee:

Putting in hours over the weekend so I don't have to work next week which isn't holiday.

To anyone who plans on going out on Black Friday:: if you need that materialistic item so badly that you might be insistent on waiting in a crowded line during COVID, why didn't you buy it before? If the cost is so important to you- either buy a knock-off or wait until the price naturally drops during a time to won't have to wait in line with other mouth-breathers(if you don't understand what that last part means, ping me).

I plan on staying in indoors next week, doing what I always do- buy what I need replaced online. Any free time I get next week will likely be spent catching up on books/games/projects. Maybe start learning a new skill before New Years?

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So apparently the Japanese produced this sewing machine that had a slot for a Gameboy color and connected to it withrough the game slow. This would bring up an interface on the gameboy so that you can control the sewing machine with it.

This has got to be the most Japanese thing on the face of the planet.

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How to decrease likelihood of experiencing illusions of correlation or causality:

  • Knowing when and how to use skepticism and critical thinking skills.
  • Relying on scientific methods that can assess causality.
  • Learning how to think scientifically.
  • Be vigilant and detect your own interpretations of causality.
  • Understanding the importance of controlling for extraneous variables.
  • Staying informed about potential alternative explanations for an event.
  • Understanding that causality cannot be assessed by quick intuition.
  • Actively or passively observing the effects of removing or reducing the perceived cause of an outcome.
  • Attempt to complete information of instances when perceived causes and outcomes co-occur and do not co-occur.
  • Running an experiment to test the effects of one variable on the outcomes of the other variable.
  • Distancing ourselves from situations in which we are personally involved.
  • Allow objective or neutral observers to help judge for causal relationships.

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Illusions of causality: how they bias our everyday thinking and how they could be reduced

Illusions of causality occur when people develop the belief that there is a causal connection between two events that are actually unrelated.

We cannot think of a better safeguard against the illusions of causality than scientific thinking, which involves skepticism, doubt, and rigorously applying scientific methods, particularly the experimental approach.

  • How to Assess the Illusion
  • The Probability of the Outcome
  • The Probability of the Cause
  • Cause-Outcome Coincidences
  • Maximizing the Outcome vs. - Testing the Causal Relationship
  • The Cost of Action—Secondary Effects
  • Depression
  • Personal Involvement
  • When There are Several Potential Causes
  • Aversive Conditions: Just the Other Way Around?
  • Developing an Educational Strategy

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I can’t seem to find any way to get a flu shot for my 2 year old without going to a pediatrician (we don’t have a pediatrician in the area yet, since we recently moved). Pediatricians won’t give the shot unless you are a patient, CVS won’t do it, urgent care doesn’t do vaccines.

This seems less than advisable for a public health measure. I’d think that for something like preventing a kid from being a vector for a deadly disease, you’d want as little bureaucracy as possible. 😕

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Both the hardware and software design is focused on respecting the end user’s freedom and giving them control over their privacy and security.

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I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:


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Just finished speaking at Chicago’s meetup Chipy.

One nice thing about virtual meetups — no waiting for the video to be processed and released!

Stream from my ChiPy talk is already up. Full meetup:

My talk starts at ~41:53:


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📅 International Effective Giving Day 🌐

A free online giving you the chance to hear from some of the world's most eminent thinkers in . Keynote address: Nobel Laureate Professor . Supported by the world’s leading organizations in effective philanthropy and charity evaluation. Also featuring: Johannes Ackva (Climate Lead Founders Pledge), Leah Edgerton (Executive Director Animal Charity Evaluators), Neil Buddy Shah (Managing Director, ).

Nov 30 2020 @ 18:45 CET

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