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“Trigger warnings are stupid” say people who don’t know what trigger warnings are

Greg Stevens and Josiah Jennings talk about trigger warnings and political correctness
My latest chit-chat interview with Josiah Jennings is about trigger warnings and political correctness in academia. It was really prompted by two articles, one from Vox and another in The Atlantic. Both articles talk about political correctness being the major force of censorship and limitation in classes. But Josiah and I talk about some of the drastic misunderstandings there are concerning what "political correctness" and "trigger warnings" really mean, and some of the motivations of the people spreading misinformation.
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This is why the Planned Parenthood videos won’t change anyone’s mind

ABORTED EMBRYO (it's a rabbit)
Pro-life activists have released a whole series of videos lately in an attempt to drum up hatred for Planned Parenthood. All of them essentially have the same message: Planned Parenthood sells fetus remains that result from abortions for medical research. But of course, this is announced with such headlines as: Planned Parenthood sells infant body parts for a profit! But this kind of drum-beating cannot possibly change anybody's mind. Let's take a look at why.
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Internet shaming is a symptom, not a disease

Social media shaming is bullying
If I see another woebegone think piece about the horrors of "internet shaming" I'm going to spew burrito chunks. They are all just so saccharine, and can be summed up in a handful of buzzwords each. Not only are these articles tedious in their moralistic cluck-clucking, they spend very little time trying to root out the real source of the problem. Internet shaming isn't just a product of "the internet age", and it isn't just a case of mob mentality or immaturity. It's a symptom of a deeper underlying problem: a problem with our culture that needs to be fixed before we can expect internet shaming to get better.
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Give up on privacy. This is what you should worry about instead

Privacy is an illusion in the world of big data and data mining
Privacy is an illusion. It simply doesn't exist. You probably don't believe me. Until recently, it was easy for us to have the illusion of privacy. Now, with accelerating increases in computational power and storage, and the incredible sophistication of data mining and machine learning, that fake veil of "privacy" is about to be torn down--and it will be shown to have been nothing more than a mirage in the first place. But that doesn't mean you should freak out. It also doesn't mean that we should just ignore the legal concerns that people associate with "privacy" in our society today. All it means is that we need to re-frame these problems in a different way.
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We must erect monuments to the Code of Ur-Nammu IMMEDIATELY

Tablets of the Code of Ur Nammu
For the last few years, conservatives in various states have been pushing to have monuments to the 10 Commandments erected on state property. The standard line is that it isn't a "religious symbol" but rather is a tribute to the influence that the 10 Commandments have had, culturally, on our laws and legal system. But if we take that argument seriously, we have to consider: were the 10 Commandments REALLY the very beginning of these traditions? As it turns out, there is a legal system much older that, when you do the math, is even more strongly related than the 10 Commandments is to the laws we have today.
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Is it ok for Reddit and Twitter to ban people for their political beliefs?

Journalists Greg Stevens and Allum Bokhari discuss Censorship on Reddit, Twitter and other social media
My latest chit-chat interview is with journalist and author Allum Bokhari about corporate censorship. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media platforms have so much power, and such a wide audience, that if they decide to ban a politician or public figure from using their services they effectively cripple that person's ability to communicate and get their message out. Should that be allowed? If a public figure is unpopular, is that a good enough reason to effectively censor him by taking away his access to an audience?
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Robot sex, gay nanobots, and synthetic lust: gender and sexuality in a transhumanist future

Greg Stevens and B.J. Murphy talk about the transhumanist future of sexuality and gender identity
I am a transhumanist: I really believe that eventually our technology will advance to the point where we are able to replace the biological parts of our brains and bodies with mechanical or artificial replicas, or will be able to "upload" our minds into machine bodies. But if humanity transitions to synthetic, non-biological bodies... what will that mean for sex and gender? What will it mean for sexual orientation? Do terms like "homosexual" and "heterosexual" even have meaning when our bodies are made of nanobots or plastic and wires?
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I’m an ex-academic and research scientist who still writes about sciencey things for The Kernel, The Daily Dot, Second Nexus, and Me, Myself, and Robot. My writing has also appeared in Inside, The Week, The Good Men Project, Real Clear Technology, and Salon.com. I get involved in a lot of projects through Greg Stevens Holdings, LLC.

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