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RT "Pinker鈥檚 book is not a case for the Enlightenment that invites refutation, but a refutation of the arguments of the counter-Enlightenment which, it turns out, have been wrong all along."

True and tells you a lot about how we tend to see the world.
RT "Although some aspects of anthropology appeal to various sectors of the public, the fact is that a large part of what anthropologists have to say requires intellectual effort, and moreover is often rather disturbing to people鈥檚 peace of mind." (Benthall, 聽

It鈥檚 a feudal system.
RT Jeff Bezos makes 230,000 a MINUTE, but we can鈥檛 guarantee 15/hr for everyone?

The sort of thing you can only believe if you live in a globalized Silicon Valley bubble.
RT Tesla CEO Elon Musk: 鈥榮elf-driving will encompass all modes of driving by the end of next聽year鈥

The recent popular surge in racist IQ discourse, like Trump鈥檚 comment about, can actually be traced back to a long history of race science and an article by Steven Pinker from 2005. Thread on this history:

RT Finally, the third false claim that race science ultimately depends on: 鈥渢hat intelligence is highly heritable, and that different IQ averages between population groups have a genetic basis.鈥 But, Evans notes, this first requires looking at IQ tests, starting with the history.

If you ever wondered why that 鈥測ou can鈥檛 live under capitalism while critiquing it鈥 nonsense became so common over the last decade, there it is in the New York Times, in their very first article on Occupy.

This article from 2011 uses the same trope of the out of touch privileged millennial that you see in today鈥檚 NYT op-eds about student activism, portraying them as both too idealistic and not cynical enough.

The NYT article sneers at the idea of using spectacle and performance for activism, seemingly totally unaware of the entire history of American social movements doing so, from lunch counter sit-ins to marches against the Vietnam and Bush wars.

NYT mocking the start of Occupy, a movement that went on to inspire people across the US to talk about wealth inequality again, and I would argue, led directly to the Bernie Sanders candidacy.

Remember that this derision for young people鈥檚 activism isn鈥檛 new in the New York Times. They discounted the beginning of Occupy completely, and it then went on to sweep the nation and go global.

Read this thread on Doug Ford. We鈥檝e been warning about the rise of a Canadian 鈥楾rumpism,鈥 and here鈥檚 more evidence. Add this to the Peterson effect and it鈥檚 long past time to recognize the very real threat of a national scale right-wing reactionary response to Trudeau.
RT 6. It's like a Trumpist populist running for Governor of a large American Blue State, like California, NY or Massachusetts. That's what makes it especially scary.

In case your weekend plans involve trying to walk through walls, at least know your chances of success. Thread:
RT Thought you all might like to know, say, the probability of a human passing through a wall. Yes? Yes, because is fun! Let's begin!

Just noticed The Farthest is on Netflix in Canada - but I'm not going to watch it and hold out for the real thing, the full 2 hour version that wasn't edited down for an audience they assumed wasn't smart enough (North America).

RT Only version available in North America is US-tv shorter/different. Rest of world can see/purchase full 2-hour US funders/producers priority: fit their own short documentary into same 2-hour time slot w/ Farthest, plus market only US version. Makes me sad & mad.

Imagine if you were technically an adult but the idea of cleaning your room seemed so revolutionary that you started worshipping the self-help author who suggested it.

Customer Service Hell: An act in 7 parts, infinitely looping.
RT 馃: Thank U for calling, how can I help U
Existing reservation.
馃: OK, book a new reservation
馃: Do you have a choice number
馃: I'm sorry, I didn't get that
*I press zero*
馃: I think you want to talk to an agent, let me transfer you
馃: *hangs up on me*

*I say bye, thanks, hang up and dial number 馃懆鈥嶐煉 gave me to contact the hotel and resolve the issue*

馃: I'm sorry; the number you have reached is not in service...

*I scream and start again*

馃懆鈥嶐煉: I'll make you a new reservation
It's a special rate with local organization
馃懆鈥嶐煉: What number do you have for hotel
*I give # from web site for hotel*
馃懆鈥嶐煉: Call this number instead *gives me #*
*writes down #*
馃懆鈥嶐煉: *starts reading long closing script*

馃懆鈥嶐煉: What is the name of person who made reservation
*I give name*
馃懆鈥嶐煉: What is your address
It's not under my address
馃懆鈥嶐煉: Is it in [wrong city]
No, it's in [right city]
馃懆鈥嶐煉: There's no reservation, please call the hotel
I tried, they don't answer

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators鈥攁nyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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