Pinned toot

Site etiquette indicates my first toot should be by way of an introduction. Seldom comfortable tooting my own horn (pun intended)* I'll keep this brief(ish).

I am a philosopher and historian based in Sydney and currently a doctoral candidate at the Business School; researching Edmund and his implications for executive leadership.

I chose to undertake my study in a business school, grubby though commercial ends may seem to elevated minds, because Burke was an intensely practical thinker. As he noted:

'‘The End of learning is not knowledge but virtue; as the End of all speculation should be practice of one sort or another… [for] Knowledge is the Culture** of the mind; and he who rested there, would be just as wise as he who should plough his field without any intention of sowing or reaping.'***

In this context, it seems fitting to attempt to apply Burkean research to practical ends.

I am also a passionate advocate for technology reform, which drew me to Mastodon, as I do not think unrestricted access to an individual's data is necessary for the provision of services. , , , , and co. are all demonstrating that FAANG methods are not the only viable way of providing digital connections.

N.B.:
*Thinking intended puns, I am always reminded of the joke about a man who entered a local newspaper's pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.

**Culture in the original sense of ploughing for sowing later.

***Burke, A Note-Book of Edmund Burke, 82-83.

Day 026 of and I start to explore the notion of the new commons.

Definitely one to unpack in more detail when time permits a longer article.

robert.winter.ink/the-new-comm

Google Drive takes down user’s personal copy of Judy Mikovits’ Plandemic after it was flagged by The Washington Post

reclaimthenet.org/google-drive

Day 017 of and I mull the problems with historical comparisons though the prism of .

robert.winter.ink/dead-certain

Fabulous thought from Neil deGrasse Tyson:

‘I dream of a world where truth shapes people's politics, rather [than] politics shaping what people think is true.’

Day 016 of and I muse on a language defect in our conversations about privacy.

robert.winter.ink/language-def

Day 015 of and I take a look at the implications of network theory for the Fediverse.

robert.winter.ink/centralising

'From medical records to cell phone data sets, it only takes about a dozen pieces of information to find the person behind each “anonymous” record.'

protonmail.com/blog/truth-abou

Interesting fact of the day. In ancient egyptian culture the saying "Eaten the heart" was a reference to grieving without justification, which was one of the mortal sins that would keep you out of their version of heaven.

It was one of the negative confessions recited by the dead during the weighing of the heart against the feather of Maat (sometimes called the feather of truth).

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