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Meanwhile, in Bristol, UK, demonstrators pulled down the statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston and threw it in the harbour.

This follows years of debate on changing the wording on the plaque to acknowledge his role in the slave trade, and the rather conditional nature of the philanthropy he used the profits for.

#news #bristol #uk #BlackLivesMatter #history 🐘

Things I have no experience in but am particularly interested in:
- Community building
- accessibility (both digital and non-digital)
- mentoring
- graphic design

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Things I can get by in:
- Web development
- Public relations
- sys admin
- cyber security
- event organisation
- content creation
- Project management

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Things I have expertise in:
- Data science
- machine learning
- data visualisation
- technical writing
- software testing
- science communication
- software development
- making & giving presentations
- interdisciplinary communication

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I am now accepting applications for pro bono work. If you are a person or organisation (registered or not) that is or works with/for marginalised identities, especially LGBTQ+, or black/anti-racist activism please get in contact with me. I cannot guarantee I have the expertise or time to help you, but you're always welcome to reach out so we can work something out together, even if you're not sure. See rest of the thread for things I might be able to help with:

mention of race & data 

Does anyone here know a public data set that has racial information? I'm working on an essay about hidden racial bias in machine learning and want a few extra good data sets to use an example, but I'm not sure which data sets are good, so if anyone knows of a good one with good collection methods please let me know.

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Spotify is buying up all the popular podcasts and removing them from the commons in order to drive you to their platform.

Podcasts have somehow stayed open access, built on standards, and just (mostly) work. Moving them to a proprietary platform just so a few people (ie: not you) can make money is bad for everyone who isn't making money. (ie: you.)

COVID mention, contact tracing & privacy 

Everyone should read this post because it shows that we can do contact tracing without compromising privacy: Absolutely we need to do what we need to contain COVID but we must be weary of giving away data and especially rights to Governments or Big Tech that they will heavily resist to give back once this is over. Give them an inch, and they'll take a mile

The College of Human Rights (an internationally recognized Dutch human rights watchdog) Has ruled that denying trans people access to the correct bathroom is a human rights violation based on discrimination. While as far as I know, this doesn't yet have legal implications I applaud the ruling and hope this will help build momentum for the movement: (link is in Dutch sorry)

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Heads up: I'm trying not to boost images that don't have alt text. (Alt text does not have to be in English)

So please don't take it personally if I don't boost your stuff, (I may still like it on a personal level) but I want to be helpful to people who need accessible images.

COVID adjacent mention 

I've heard people scoff at the initiatives to clap for health care workers and first responders. Here's the thing: it's not actually for them, it's for the people doing the clapping, as counter-intuitive as it may sound. I think the initiatives were about the people doing the clapping to feel connected to the people around them in such trying and isolated times.

mini rant about recruters 

it annoys/frustrates me on a fundamental level that when you're looking for jobs basically the only advice you get is "do the leg work" (research people, tailor your CV, etc) yet in the last two days I've had two recruiters contact me that saw my new job title but failed to notice that I've been on this job less than a week. They of all people should know how much of a bad look job hopping like that is. Come on people, do better.

My point is not that "everybody is doing it wrong here's how to fix it" there will never be a one size fits all rule for choosing axioms. But it is a rhetorical slight of hand I've seen multiple times now and I think people should be weary of that. something being "self evident" without having a robust backing should be a red flag when someone is making an argument. end

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I have yet to find a piece of writing where Searle explains why biological entities have intentionality but machines don't. It's easy to prove something when you get to assume all the necessary conditions. I guess this then turns into an argument about which axioms are reasonable assume, which is, in a way, the whole point of the game. 6/x

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In "Minds, Brains, and Programs" he writes: "Whatever else intentionality is, it is a biological phenomenon, and it is as likely to be as causally dependent on the specific biochemistry of its origins as lactation, photosynthesis, or any other biological phenomena." I don't have time or energy to dive into the whole argument here, but my point is that this assumption of his trivially implies his conclusion but is itself, unfounded. 5/x

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A famous example is the Chinese Room argument by John Searle. I don't go too deep, but it is an argument about whether computers could ever "Think", and Searle's argument rests upon the fact that, according to him, Biological objects have "Intentionality" and machines do not. 4/x

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By assuming Y, you've just kicked the can down the road and conveniently sidestepped the whole debate. How did you arrive at Y? What evidence supports it? Sure this kind of reasoning can still be useful in many ways, especially mathematically, but for it to apply you still have to argue that Y holds, which in a lot of cases, easily defeats the argument. 3/x

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The template goes roughly like this:
- Person A wants to argue that X is the reason for phenomenon P
- A assumes Y which is basically a proxy for X
- A then proceeds to explain how Y implies X and how that lines up with P and thus our current understanding of the world, sidestepping pretty much all of the hard/interesting bits of the discussion.
This is a textbook of poor axiomatic thinking. 2/x

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There is a kind of rhetoric that I've seen crop up a couple of times now which I find kind of concerning. I think it stems from a misunderstanding of axiomatic thinking. 1/x

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Copyright must be abolished. The fact that anything created today will never enter the public domain within any of our livetimes proves that the system has failed. We have an obligation to exercise civil disobedience to protest the broken system. I will shed no tears for billionares caught up in the flack. They never shed a tear for the tens of thousands of people they screwed with expensive lawsuits, nor the billions they screwed out of their rightful inheritance of the collective works of humanity.

It's your obligation as a good citizen to pirate shit.

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