Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Truly Pathetic Response To Kipnis By The Northwestern University Philosophy Graduate Student Association

Larison: Lindsey Graham's Deranged Ideas About Attacking North Korea

Inter alia, Larison is right: that's not preemption. It's what Bush '43 called "prevention." I.e.: something not countenanced by just war theory.

"Epistemic Exploitation"

Epistemic exploitation occurs when privileged persons compel marginalized persons to educate them about the nature of their oppression. I argue that epistemic exploitation is marked by unrecognized, uncompensated, emotionally taxing, coerced epistemic labor. The coercive and exploitative aspects of the phenomenon are exemplified by the unpaid nature of the educational labor and its associated opportunity costs, the double bind that marginalized persons must navigate when faced with the demand to educate, and the need for additional labor created by the default skepticism of the privileged. I explore the connections between epistemic exploitation and the two varieties of epistemic injustice that Fricker (2007) identifies, testimonial and hermeneutical injustice. I situate epistemic exploitation within Dotson’s (2012; 2014) framework of epistemic oppression, and I address the role that epistemic exploitation plays in maintaining active ignorance and upholding dominant epistemic frameworks.

Laura Kipnis, Unwanted Advances

Read this book:

So You Think You Can President: Chait On Trump's Fake Executive Orders

Bill Nye The Pseudoscience Guy

   And a book called "Undeniable" on top of everything else. It's not that I expect evolutionary theory, in its broad outlines, to be overturned...it's just the principle of the thing. Science groupies like Nye have a tendency to flip-flop between All science is fallible and provisional and This science is undeniable as it suits their purposes.
   And then there's this facepalmerific, pseudoscientific, stinking pile of gender studies.
   Jeez I really used to like this guy. It's weird how such Gestalt shifts happen...but when you see it, you see it. Dude is a charlatan and a shill.
   [Ugh. That too.]

Bill Nye, The Pseudoscience Of Sex, And Neo-Lysenkoism (NSFW?)

   My God that thing is terrible on just about every level it has. I guess if you ignore every particular thing about it and just try to see it as generically sexually liberatory you might make some kind of a case for it...but that's a long stretch.
   Bill Nye isn't a scientist, of course, he's an entertainer. He basically toes the line on a bunch of lefty pseudoscience--GMOs, "social constructionism" about race, the whole sex/gender train wreck, and so on. That's bad enough...but now the dude has become a kind of spokesperson for scientific autonomy from politics...while being a shill for the left. And honestly, that's the vibe I got from the March For Science--that it was (a) part genuine appeal for scientific autonomy/objectivity, (b) part leftish anti-Trump somethingorother.
   I think it's very bad to smoosh (a) and (b) together. Piously defending objectivity while using that as a stalking horse...just not good at all.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Politicization of the "March for Science"

   One of our Anonymi left this...exactly none of which surprises me in the least.
[Correct link now]

How Political Was The March For Science?

I dunno. I've been ignoring the news.
   But I'll say I'm a bit skeptical. I think that the threshold is much lower for such a march critical of a Republican administration than it is for one critical of a more liberal or progressive administration. I'm not really sure what it would take to get a bunch of scientists out against a Democrat. OTOH, of course, and crucially: the Dems haven't done the kinds of things the GOP has done with respect to global warming. OTOOH, the Obama DoJ did argue that sex is partially a matter of "gender identity"...which is frothing-at-the-mouth, insane, neo-Lysenkoist crackpottery...buuuut....it's obviously not on the scale of GOP climate denialism. But anyway, it'd obviously take an awful lot to get scientists to march against, say, the generic progressive tendency to exaggerate the importance of society/culture as opposed to biology.
   I'd also like to know what the composition of the crowd was. Here's my guess: fewer hard scientists, more engineering / public policy / public health types. (Of course there are probably just more such people in general.)
   It's a bit hard for me to believe that partisan politics wasn't a fairly significant factor in all this. And I think that the bogus pretense of political neutrality is really bad. A little of that goes a long way.
   But I'm fairly likely to be full of shit on this. This ends up being little more than a generic expression of my general position on such things, I suppose. Bill Nye figuring prominently in all this doesn't help anything. That guy is hardly a paradigm of political neutrality.

Administration Sanctions Fraternity For "Appropriating Culture;" Refuses To Say Which Culture

Needless to say, there is no such thing as political correctness, and it's all one big myth promoted by conservatives...
...yet on an obviously and completely unrelated note having nothing whatsoever to do with "PC" which is not a thing and doesn't exist...American universities become increasingly Kafkaesque.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Berkeley Campus On Lockdown After Loose Pages From 'The Wall Street Journal' Found On Park Bench

God bless The Onion
(h/t The Chairinator)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sikorsky S-97 Raider

Red Hook Long Hammer IPA

I see that this gets some pretty mediocre reviews around the web, but I like it. It's basically my fave for an everyday or "session" (I don't know why I hate that term...) beer. Founders All Day IPA, which is marketed as a "session" beer is just nasty bitter to my taste. I like bitter beer and IPAs, but just lots of bitter with no finesse...bleh...I'm over it.
   Am I wrong about Long Hammer?

MLK on Truth, Untruth, Spiritual Slavery, and Neutrality in Moral Crisis

Now, let me make it clear in the beginning, that I see this war as an unjust, evil, and futile war. I preach to you today on the war in Vietnam because my conscience leaves me with no other choice. The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery. Freedom is still the bonus we receive for knowing the truth. "Ye shall know the truth," says Jesus, "and the truth shall set you free." Now, I've chosen to preach about the war in Vietnam because I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality. There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal. 
"Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam"

Bill O'Reilly Fired Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

The De-Professionalization Of The Academy

Pseudonymous, so largely unverifiable...but coheres with what we know about the academy.

PC Denialism: "Political Correctness Is A Right-Wing Myth"

   The very heart of PC is the subordination of facts to (leftist) political doctrine. So this self-referential move should be unsurprising: PC? What PC? I don't see any PC anywhere. Who you gonna believe, the Ministry of Truth or your lyin' eyes?


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Appearance Over Security Concerns

The Return of Rachel Dolezal

   Here's another leftist angry about Dolezal. Which is whatever. I mean, Dolezal is not black...but it's incoherent for the left to pretend that Caitlyn Jenner is a woman but Dolezal isn't black. Much less that Jenner is a woman and that even questioning that is bigoted...but Dolezal is not black.
   Dolezal isn't black. Jenner isn't a woman. Even if you can't see that, you should at least be able to recognize that it's incoherent to make one judgment in the one case and the opposite judgment in the other.

Judge Forces Auburn To Allow Richard Spencer To Speak

I haven't been this hapbivalent since the Nazi won the right to march in Skokie.

Y'know...the other Nazis I mean.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Neo-Nazis vs. Anarchist Pr0n Stars In The Berkeley Freak-0-Rama

Law Schools Lean Left...A Lot

Carolina not lookin' so good on that measure, either.

Berkeley Police Department Offers Protesters "Symbolic Arrests"

This...does not appear to be made up.
Allegedly, no one has taken advantage of this service in "years."

Lehman and Soh: The Rhetorical Trap At The Heart Of The "Neurosexism" Debate

Right on the money, IMO
The motte and the bailey strike again.

The Dangers of Strategic Impatience

Maybe throw a tactical tantrum. See if that helps.

Charging Bull vs. Fearless Girl

   This is a pretty silly issue, but I'm inclined to think that di Modica, the sculptor of Charging Bull, is mostly right: installing the second statue has changed the meaning of the first one. I mean, the second artist would have a legitimate objection if, say, someone installed a statue of a man standing in front of the girl, suggesting that her fearlessness resulted from the fact that her father was actually protecting her and her fearlessness was basically bogus. So is it cool to modify the meaning of someone's artwork in this way? It's legal, obviously...but I'd say kinda uncool.
   I don't know what to do about it, and don't care much...though I do think that the media reaction would be pretty different if a sculpture with a more liberal-leaning message were modified / defused by a second sculpture in this way.

   I think that the issue should be decided--to whatever extent it is decided--on the basis of arguments like those. However....  This is pretty good, IMO, and it also contains the following surprising information: Charging Bull was an act of "guerrilla art," created and installed entirely by the artist, without pay, at a personal cost of about $360k, as a kind of expression of faith in the American economy after the market crash of '87. Fearless Girl, OTOH, is a marketing ploy by a giant investment fund as a marketing ploy having something-or-other to do with a "gender diversity index" fund that uses the NASDAQ abbreviation 'SHE.'
   Now...I think that in this case, motives matter less than the other stuff... But I doubt they will to most people. And if Fearless Girl gets moved, my guess would be that it'd be on the basis of arguments like the latter rather than the former.


You know...Orwell was really onto something with this.
This concept / phenomenon is worth reflecting on.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dems Against Centrism

The terms "social justice" and "economic justice" now pretty much send me to red alert.
There's nothing magically rational about the center, of course...but it's usually notably less nutty than the ends of the spectrum.

Stanley Kurtz: Understanding The Campus Free-Speech Crisis

Pretty good, IMO.
Fills links together and fills in some of the history I couldn't fill in / link together for myself.