With the OpenAI clownshow, there's been renewed media attention on the xrisk/"AI safety"/doomer nonsense. Personally, I've had a fresh wave of reporters asking me naive questions (as well as some contacts from old hands who are on top of how to handle ultra-rich man-children with god complexes). 🧵1/
This is precisely what every university (and scholarly society!!) should be doing: have their own instance and drop X like a hot potato:
"an instance has been created [... ] on university servers, which is open to the university's organizational units. The active use of X will be significantly reduced."
We detail all the arguments about precisely why that must happen here:
Paywalled article here, I'll share once I have a non-paywalled link (hopefully soon): https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-03610-5
The summary: astronomers spent a lot of time asking SpaceX and other large satellite operators to pretty please make their satellites fainter and/or use fewer satellites. And then BlueWalker 3 was launched by some tiny company and is one of the brightest things in the sky. Asking nicely isn't working: international regulation and pollution penalties are needed.
Our paper looking at the cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR; i.e. brain blood vessel health) following spinal cord injury has been accepted in Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation!
- We investigated the dynamic and steady-state components of CVR using fMRI in individuals with a spinal cord injury.
- The dynamic component was significantly different compared to non-injured controls.
- CVR was significantly correlated with time since injury, level of injury and ambulatory daytime blood pressure.
You can read the preprint we published back in June 2022 (!) here:
The "top" postdocs in Canadian are awarded 40,000 CAD/year by the government. It costs 45% of that salary to rent a 1-bedroom in Toronto.
The government announced yesterday that it's not increasing our funding.
"For over two decades, these critical contributors to research and innovation have received no funding increase from the federal government and now face significant financial challenges." - #SupportOurScience
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻? 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝘆𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘀
Today! Join presentation with Jaan Aru followed by discussion of the paper below in the Neuroscience & Philosophy Salon
Nov 22, 12:30pm (US eastern)
Scientists paid large publishers over $1 billion in four years to have their studies published with open access.
Nature Comms and Sci Reports cornering the market.
Open access = good.
Extortionate APCs with little or no actual editorial service = bad.
How is anyone NOT using @mozilla #Firefox by now? Between this and intentionally slowing #YouTube traffic for Firefox/uBlock users, #Google is officially evil. Please support an #open #decentralized non-profit #Internet !
Neural activity across cortex is high-dimensional and ... complicated. Still, those fine neural features can be predicted from orofacial behaviors in mice! Great work by Atika Syeda et al in the lab!
Try out the all-new keypoint-based #facemap, paper here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41593-023-01490-6
I submitted my first paper to #eLife today (senior author)
Super excited about such an incredible non-profit journal. Here's hoping they like it...
I've been reading this book by John M. Beggs titled The Cortex and the Critical Point
It's really great! I recommend for anyone who likes chaos theory, nonlinear systems, the brain, etc.
In press! 📣 The surprising result that basolateral amygdala has a more crucial role in learning meaningful changes in the reward environment than orbitofrontal cortex. Check our paper to find out how! 🤓 #neuroscience #CompNeuro https://www.jneurosci.org/content/early/2023/11/13/JNEUROSCI.0622-23.2023
Radfem anti-trans literature I’ve read:
Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism, by Sheila Jeffreys
The Transsexual Empire: The Making of the She-Male, by Janice Raymond
I haven’t read Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Shrier just yet but it’s on my list.
See, unlike radfems who refuse to read trans-positive literature and who refuse to read intersectional feminist books that (gasp) defend men, I am not afraid to read books by people I disagree with.
It’s why I’m able to debate radfems so well – I’ve read their literature. They haven’t read mine, and are often completely unaware of the criticisms of the history of their own movement.
If you would like to read some trans-positive books and intersectional feminism, check out these books:
The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity and Love by bell hooks
On Intersectionality: Essential Writings, by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Stone Butch Blues, by Leslie Feinberg
And, one book that isn’t specifically under the umbrella of intentional intersectional feminism. I include this one because it was so influential on me as a young teen when I read it:
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
If anyone has additional trans-positive or intersectional feminism books they recommend, please put them in the comments below!
Can you be a pacifist in Fornite? Are humans inherently cooperative or competitive?
Here's another excellent video essay from Pop Culture Detective
I still don't know how to feel about this
Assistant Professor at UBC; MRI, Medical Imaging, Neuroscience; Books and Mountains
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