“A mathematician, a scientist, an engineer, and a philosopher are sitting in a cafe in a foreign country. Outside the window, they see a black sheep in a field by itself.
The engineer says, ‘Well, what do you know? It looks like the sheep around here are black!’
The scientist gives him a skeptical look and says, ‘Well, at least some of them are.’
The mathematician looks at the first two and says, ‘Well, at least one of them is.’
Then the philosopher looks doubtfully at the other three and says, ‘Well, at least on one side.'”
—Michael Huemer, “Debunking Skepticism.” fakenous.net. June 15, 2019.
Liked the story, but I thought his argument against skepticism failed to take issues like the problem of induction seriously.
“The battle for LGBTQ rights hasn’t only been fought on the streets of coastal cities; it has also taken place on the dirt roads, campuses, and in the homes of rural America. In this new short documentary—released 50 years after the Stonewall riots, which brought LGBTQ rights into the national consciousness—gay men living in central Tennessee, and their families, share stories of struggle and self-acceptance. We meet the retiree who spent his entire professional life in the closet, his devoted partner of 20 years, a pastor determined to overcome his own prejudices, and the pastor’s gay son, newly in love and just starting to come into his own.”
—Kate Kunath. “Show Me The Way.” Topic. June 2019.
You can browse NASA’s Image and Video Library online; you can also access it via NASA’s API. Through that interface, you can search by caption, keyword, location, photographer, year created, and other fields; in return, you get structured data on each media file. The library was launched two years ago, bringing together more than 140,000 images, videos, and audio files that had previously been spread across dozens of separate collections.
“‘Here are 500 albums that can only improve your life,’ he writes in his introduction to the list, originally published in Vanity Fair. ‘Many will be quite familiar, others less so.'”
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