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I Can See Russia From My House

The common thread underlying all good conspiracy theories: an unreasonable assumption of general competence. Continue reading

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The Importance of Having Your Pain Be Legible

How to deal with ideological censorship in a community? Who gets empathy and who is humanized the most? Does contemporary rhetoric about toxicity hold up to scrutiny?

“When you keep rewarding people for becoming injured, they self-modify to become injured more easily.” Continue reading

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I See Trad People

We all know what left and right mean… or do we? Maybe some of the flags no longer match who’s holding them? If progress is tradition, do traditional people now enact it? “I see trad people, walking around like regular … Continue reading

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Commencement 101

What would it look like if we gave students real advice instead of platitudes? Welcome to S451 U. “The key is to recognize that everyone is constrained by their own role and position, even molded by it. When push comes … Continue reading

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The Anti-Slip Slope

In the game of fallacies, the slippery slope is considered a noob tier move. However, I think there’s some hidden nuance and wisdom in the manoeuvre, worth exploring.

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Fixing The Label Printer

There’s an odd quirk of humans, and it can take us surprisingly long to clue in. Two people can do exactly the same things side by side, for a very long time, and not realize the other’s reasons are entirely … Continue reading

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The Backchannel is the Message

“If you look back at particular incidents of modern witch hunting, there’s a pretty consistent theme: it’s okay to break the rules to catch a witch.”

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