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Round and round we spin, with feet of lead and wings of tin.
-Kurt Vonnegut

Finnish/Swedish Laplander, #Sami #writer, #nomad, #science, #atheism, and #books. Left "home" at age 17. Running ever since. #Jordan #SouthAmerica #NewOrleans #NewCastle #India #Pakistan #Iceland +30 more, #GenX #Disabled #nongender

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US backed MASSACRE: ‘Nothing justifies what we have witnessed here’: the doctors returning home from

"It is apocalyptic"

British doctors Mohammed Tahir and Omar El-Taji thought they were mentally prepared to help treat people in Rafah. But what they and other foreign volunteers faced was beyond anything they could imagine.


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Palestinian women carrying water, Ramallah, Palestine, 1890.

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Happy birthday, Miles Davis!

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If spellcheck doesn't work, how do I turn it off completely?

It should suggest words with the correct spelling, but it doesn’t. I'm having to google words I know how to spell, because it's offering ridiculous spellings.

Kicking me right in the

I've never had problems with spelling like this.

It's prompting dubious words. Making me feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

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"Still chooses the bear."

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Last major Arabic-style mosque in China loses its domes

Global ethnic cleansing.


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When they start fracking your inner peace.

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I'm not gonna jump in on that thread about 'all men' but I am gonna say this:

While it's true that not all men do X, it is absolutely more true that patriarchy socializes ALL MEN to accept or be blind to certain truths about their position, importance, and relevance in the world.

Almost everything all men think of as 'natural' about their status in the world is not, in fact, true.
It was crafted through oppression, suppression, and violence.

It is also true that it takes an enormous amount of deliberate de-conditioning to throw off patriarchal thinking and praxis.

Those for whom 'not all men' truly apply (which is a small enough number to be sad and pitiful) know this to be true.

And so do the rest of us.

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"Let's" sit down, listen, and shut up. You're not in charge of anything.

There will be no order. We can "hear" your privilege over the internet.


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Did fellow philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein dispose of Bertrand Russell's paradox? ”... and that disposes of Russell's paradox.” In mathematical logic, Russell's paradox attempts to illustrate that every set theory that contains an unrestricted comprehension principle leads to contradictions. In 1923, Ludwig Wittgenstein proposed to ”dispose” of Russell's paradox as follows:

”The reason why a function cannot be its own argument is that the sign for a function already contains the prototype of its argument, and it cannot contain itself. For let us suppose that the function F(fx) could be its own argument: in that case there would be a proposition 'F(F(fx))', in which the outer function F and the inner function F must have different meanings, since the inner one has the form O(f(x)) and the outer one has the form Y(O(fx)). Only the letter 'F' is common to the two functions, but the letter by itself signifies nothing. This immediately becomes clear if instead of 'F(Fu)' we write '(do) : F(Ou) . Ou = Fu'.

... and that disposes of Russell's paradox.”

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 3.333

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Background: Russell's paradox

Between 1910 and 1913, Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947), a British mathematician and philosopher best known for his work in mathematical logic and the philosophy of science, published their three-volume Principia Mathematica (often abbreviated PM). Russell and Whitehead hoped to achieve what Gottlob Frege could not. Gottlob Frege (1848 – 1925) was a German philosopher, logician, and mathematician, understood by many to be the father of analytic philosophy. Frege is widely considered to be the greatest logician since Aristotle, and one of the most profound philosophers of mathematics.

Russell and Whitehead sought to banish the paradoxes of naive set theory by employing a theory of types they devised for this purpose. While they succeeded in grounding arithmetic in a fashion, it is not at all evident that they did so by purely logical means. While Principia Mathematica avoided the known paradoxes and allows the derivation of a great deal of mathematics, its system gave rise to new problems.

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Kurt Gödel (1906 – 1978) an Austrian logician, mathematician, and philosopher in 1930–31 proved that while the logic of much of Principia Mathematica, now known as first-order logic, is complete, Peano arithmetic/axioms is necessarily incomplete if it is consistent. This is very widely—though not universally—regarded as having shown the logicist program of Frege to be impossible to complete. In mathematical logic, the Peano axioms, also known as the Dedekind–Peano axioms or the Peano postulates, are axioms for the natural numbers presented by the 19th-century Italian mathematician Giuseppe Peano. These axioms have been used nearly unchanged in a number of metamathematical investigations, including research into fundamental questions of whether number theory is consistent and complete.

• Easier explanations?

There are some versions of Russell's paradox that are closer to real-life situations and may be easier to understand for non-logicians. For example, the barber paradox supposes a barber who shaves all men who do not shave themselves and only men who do not shave themselves. When one thinks about whether the barber should shave himself or not, the paradox begins to emerge.

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An easy refutation of the ”layman's versions” such as the barber paradox seems to be that no such barber exists, or that the barber has alopecia, or is a woman, and in the latter two cases the barber doesn't shave, and so can exist without paradox. The whole point of Russell's paradox is that the answer ”such a set does not exist” means the definition of the notion of set within a given theory is unsatisfactory. Note the difference between the statements ”such a set does not exist” and ”it is an empty set”. It is like the difference between saying "There is no bucket" and saying ”The bucket is empty”.

A notable exception to the above may be the Grelling–Nelson paradox, in which words and meaning are the elements of the scenario rather than people and hair-cutting. Though it is easy to refute the barber's paradox by saying that such a barber does not (and cannot) exist, it is impossible to say something similar about a meaningfully defined word. In 2001 A Centenary International Conference celebrating the first hundred years of Russell's paradox was held in Munich and its proceedings have been published.

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Informal presentation:

Let R be the set of all sets that are not members of themselves. If R is not a member of itself, then its definition dictates that it must contain itself, and if it contains itself, then it contradicts its own definition as the set of all sets that are not members of themselves. This contradiction is Russell's paradox.

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Every time I go back to a tab now, it has refreshed.

I lose my place.

I usualy wait till the end of my thread to post the link. Now, by the time i go back for the link, it's gone.

They are making information harder to track.

I think the quotations are from "Gödel Esher Bach"

I have the book, but not in the mood to search today.

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Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

-Napoleon Bonaparte

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Jocelyn Burnell (b. 1943) – This astrophysicist discovered the first pulsar but didn’t share in the Nobel Prize.

Lise Meitner (1878-1978) – This physicist fled the Nazis and co-discovered nuclear fission, but was also snubbed for the Nobel Prize.

Gerty Cori (1896-1957) – After fighting her way up from lowly research positions, this biochemist would go on to become the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in science.

Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) – This mathematician, inventor and engineer created fans that dispersed poison gas during World War I, but was denied fellowship to the Royal Society.

Marthe Gautier (b. 1925) – This medical practitioner discovered that Down’s syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome.

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) – This chemist’s work was vital to the discovery of DNA structure.

Emmy Noether (1882-1935) – Noether was called the “most important woman in the history of mathematics” by Albert Einstein.

denied the prize

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"'I was misidentified as shoplifter by #FacialRecognition tech...'

"...[Sara] says after her bag was searched she was... banned from all stores using the #Technology.

"I was just crying and crying the entire journey home… 'Oh, will my life be the same? I'm going to be looked at as a shoplifter when I've never stolen'.

"#Facewatch later wrote to Sara and acknowledged it had made an error..."


#News #UK #SurveillanceCapitalism #Privacy #HumanRights

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@Lazarou @alexanderhay
In Gaza they put machine guns on the facial recognition tech. Automatic death. No glitch.

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Chasing freebies
Earns us bupkes —
Free means
You're the currency.

May 25th, 2024
#vsspoem prompt: #Bupkes

Share. Boost. It's free!

#poetry #prompt
#AmWriting #WordedArt

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Saved a puppie
During WWI
He was lynched in Louisiana
When he came home.

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Google says to eat one rock a day to help with digestion.

I no longer need pockets.

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