Something Something Soup Something – It’s a browser-based game about classifying things as soup or not soup. A fun philosophical exercise for the whole family! It shows that when people are asked to define soup, they use a slightly different definition from the one they use to classify soup. Also, soup is a metaphor for video games.
Everything You Need to Know about Gun Rights (also see part 2 and part 3 tba) – Crip Dyke explains the history of the 2nd amendment, and how it wasn’t intended to guarantee individuals’ rights to guns. This is all news to me, I don’t know anything about constitutional history.
Hillary Clinton almost ran for president on a universal basic income – In her memoir, Clinton says they seriously considered campaigning for universal basic income, but decided not to when they failed to come up with a realistic policy proposal. I have mixed feelings about this. Should she have included it in her campaign anyway? And why didn’t Bernie campaign on UBI, since apparently, a lack of realistic policy doesn’t otherwise stop him?
Don’t fall for the antifa trap (video) – It’s Vox talking about how disproportionate attention is placed on violent protestors. I’ve talked about violence in protests before, but I want to be 100% clear that this is a very small part of Berkeley protests. Only a small number of protestors are in the black bloc, and only a small number of black bloc protestors have been violent, and only in some of the protests. I’m not happy with the violent protestors, and some people around here disagree, but in the end we’re disagreeing over a tiny subset of protestors.
MythCon IV: What Organizers & Outreach Directors Need to Know – (Yeah, it’s Richard Carrier, I’m sick of the guy, moving on.) There was some drama regarding MythCon IV that I haven’t exactly been following, because I have zero chance of ever attending such conferences, and it’s basically celebrity drama that all of us little people get sucked into even though we have no power over it.
Anyway, the story is that they invited Sargon of Akkad, known awful person, and the audience cheered him for mocking rape victims. But according to Carrier, the people who were cheering Sargon were mostly people who came just for him. And the other anti-feminists at the conference, Armoured Skeptic and Shoe0nHead, are very distinct from Sargon. Carrier claims they represent “the majority middle of atheism today”, liberals burned and mistreated by feminism.
I don’t know or care about these particular youtubers, but in general it seems plausible. There’s a weird doublethink where we acknowledge that many liberals are awful anti-feminists but fail to acknowledge that many awful anti-feminists are liberals. I don’t think it’s especially helpful to group all anti-feminists together with the alt-right. If all they have to do is demonstrate that they are liberal, or that they’re one step above Sargon, we’re setting the bar way way too low. I don’t think that’s what Carrier is arguing but that’s the point I took from it.
For another take, see Matt Dillahunty explain why he will not attend MythCon (video) in the future.