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Next 50 years will determine humanity's outcome "for 10,000 years" #climate a new #Plioceen?

Next 50 years will determine humanity's outcome "for 10,000 years" #climate a new #Plioceen? | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it

Continued use of oil, natural gas and coal at the current rate will likely raise global temperatures to 2 or 2.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, creating conditions that would make life “difficult to manage”


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Any bets on whether or not we'll do the right thing over the next 50 years?
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EcoVadis's curator insight, April 4, 2017 10:35 AM

The extent to which countries cut their emissions over the next 50 years will determine the conditions of people’s life on earth

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No No-Platforming

No No-Platforming | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
"We have ways of making you talk"
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Whatever your views on campus free speech and safe spaces, how exactly do the Office for Students think they are going to expose all students to controversial views?
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Men Resist Green Behavior as Un-Manly

Men Resist Green Behavior as Un-Manly | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
A surprising reason for resistance to environmental goods and habits
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Gives a whole new meaning to "Toxic Masculinity".
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Bullish Life: When Men Are Too Emotional To Have A Rational Argument

Bullish Life: When Men Are Too Emotional To Have A Rational Argument | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Women’s emotions are “emotions,” men’s emotions are “how people talk.” (If women are to achieve real equality as leaders, we have to stop accepting male behavior as the default and the ideal.)...
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It's a very precarious tightrope between being heard and allowing others to speak, especially with all the negativity associated with women having opinions (be they emotional or otherwise).
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Layla Jones's curator insight, February 13, 2013 3:39 PM

How women who speak passionately on politics are portrayed in and by the media.

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Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name

Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Adam Lee: He may have convinced himself that he’s the Most Rational Man Alive, but if wants to be the face of a welcoming movement, he’s doing a terrible job (Richard Dawkins' outspoken complaints about feminism make him a liability for the atheist...
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Sadly, this is a real problem in the skeptical movement.  Promoting behaviour that excludes entire groups is antithetical to the mission of educating people about science and reason.  And it's nothing more than a fad that makes awkward loners feel "edgy" while ultimately making them more lonely.
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A framework for designing compassionate and ethical artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness

Intelligence and consciousness have fascinated humanity for a long time and we have long sought to replicate this in machines. In this work we show some design principles for a compassionate and conscious artificial intelligence. We present a computational framework for engineering intelligence, empathy and consciousness in machines. We hope that this framework will allow us to better understand consciousness and design machines that are conscious and empathetic. Our hope is that this will also shift the discussion from a fear of artificial intelligence towards designing machines that embed our cherished values in them. Consciousness, intelligence and empathy would be worthy design goals that can be engineered in machines.

 

Banerjee S. (2018) A framework for designing compassionate and ethical artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness. PeerJ Preprints 6:e3502v2 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.3502v2


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If we're going to make AI more human, it's a good idea to make sure it's non-psychopathic.  I'm interested to see how this develops over the coming years; it seems there are still many issues with comprehension and how realistic the AI comes across as.
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Why do archive files on Britain’s colonial past keep going missing? | Siobhan Fenton

Why do archive files on Britain’s colonial past keep going missing? | Siobhan Fenton | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Around 1,000 files have disappeared while ‘on loan’ to the government. This sort of accident is happening too often for comfort, says Siobhan Fenton
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This sounds like a bonkers conspiracy theory, yet there is evidence to back it up.  We should be confronting our past, not burying it.  If we acknowledged the brutality and suffering of The Empire as well as the good bits, we might have more empathy and less prejudice.
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Lies the Church Told Us About Sex

Lies the Church Told Us About Sex | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Growing up in church, you hear an awful lot of things about sex that just aren’t true. Of course, the same can be said about growing up anywhere. Surely there are no purveyors of misinformation more prolific than a gaggle of middle school boys. But the church has a vested interest in controlling the narratives …
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"The church understands intuitively that if you can control what people do with their privates, you can control what they do with everything else."
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The Unspoken Problem With College Hookup Culture – The Establishment

Considering the premium that has long been placed on restrictive sexual propriety, American college hookup culture — defined by string-free liaisons and one-night stands—seems in many ways worth…
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An interesting look at how we're so keen to keep casual sex casual, that we go too far and end up treating people badly.
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Gaslighting: The 'perfect' romance that became a nightmare

Gaslighting: The 'perfect' romance that became a nightmare | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
It’s not always easy to recognise when you’re in a controlling relationship. Two women share their experience.
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The worst thing about gaslighting is that to see it you must be confident in your own ability to recognise it.  But the very process is designed to undermine that confidence.  It's vital that we look out for this not just in our own relationships, but of those of friends and family - sometimes an external voice can be the catalyst for getting away.
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Met review after sex cases collapse

Met review after sex cases collapse | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Two sex crime cases have collapsed because of late disclosure of evidence by the police force.
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This sets back any progress that we might have made in prosecuting rape cases - if the police have withheld vital information that could have prevented unsafe cases making it to court, then they are circumventing justice, not accelerating it.  The only way to solve the appallingly low conviction rate is better evidence-gathering, not moulding the evidence to suit the desired outcome.
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Men have been pushing women out of tech since the beginning

Men have been pushing women out of tech since the beginning | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Programming was women’s work: the six who ran Eniac, America’s first digital computer, were women. But not for long. They were systematically pushed out of the field, says technology hi…
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As well as the events described in this article, the problem dates back to WWII, when women operated code-breaking machines, and subsequently returned to civilian life in the home once war was over.  Women were actively discouraged from seeking "boring" jobs, and were instead encouraged to look after the home and raise children - because the government was concerned that there wouldn't be enough jobs available for men.  This represented a huge loss for computing in general, but specifically in the UK - where the advances we had made during the war were put to one side and America overtook Britain in this industry.  It was also a huge setback for women's rights, with the government actively holding back women's progress in the workplace.
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How Tech Companies Could Keep the Workforce Alive

How Tech Companies Could Keep the Workforce Alive | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Do innovators have a responsibility to help workers whose livelihoods are threatened by machines?
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The changing nature of work has required humans to develop new skills to keep pace since forever.  But when that change happens within a single generation, it needs to be managed.
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Sainsbury's and Unilever sign up to blockchain trials for supply chain practices

Sainsbury's and Unilever sign up to blockchain trials for supply chain practices | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Sainsbury’s and Unilever have partnered with banking firms Barclays, BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered to trial a blockchain system that records price, produce and production information on tea farmers in Malawi. It is hoped the technology can be used reward and incentivise farmers, by offering preferential terms or access to credit to farmers that are implementing sustainable practices.

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Wow, this is very exciting! I'm looking forward to seeing the many ways we can utilise the blockchain to add value - it's about more than just digital currency.
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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 14, 2017 6:38 AM

What do you think of Sainsbury's and Unilever's initiative towards sustainable farming within their supply chain?

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Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes - D-brief

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes - D-brief | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Schizophyllum commune possesses about 23,000 different genders as a species. And you thought having two was hard.

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Facebook: "We have 56 different gender options"
Nature: "Hold my beer"
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The Truth About Late-Term Abortions

The Truth About Late-Term Abortions | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
It's not nice, but it is sometimes necessary.
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The science is on women's side here: late-term abortions are a healthcare issue, not a debating point.
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The line between hate and debate online is difficult to draw

The line between hate and debate online is difficult to draw | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Many businesses employ content moderators but it is hard to keep discussions constructive

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In most cases it's obvious where the line should be drawn, but usually the most interesting topics make it more difficult to discern.
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15,000 scientists just gave a catastrophic warning about the fate of humanity #climate change #science our near #future

15,000 scientists just gave a catastrophic warning about the fate of humanity #climate change #science our near #future | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
A new, dire "warning to humanity" about the dangers to all of us has been written by 15,000 scientists from around the world. The message updates an original warning sent from the Union of Concerned Scientists that was backed by 1,700 signatures 25 years ago. But the experts say the picture is far, far worse than it was in 1992, and that almost all of the problems identified then have simply been exacerbated.

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How many more warnings will go unheeded before it's too late?  We're already seeing the effects of anthropogenic climate change playing out as predicted.
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Carlsberg's zero-carbon mission to become the 'best beer for the world' 

Carlsberg's zero-carbon mission to become the 'best beer for the world'  | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it

Not only is Carlsberg one of over 300 companies to have signed up to Science-Based Targets, the methodology developed by CDP, WRI, WWF and the UN Global Compact to help companies align their emissions reduction plans with the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit global warming below 2C.
Carlsberg signed up to RE100 platform, which is organised by the Climate Group. Such collaboration will be crucial if Carlsberg is to meet its even more ambitious goal of reducing CO2 emissions through its entire supply chain, what it calls its “beer in hand” footprint, by 30% by 2030, against a testing 2015 baseline.


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Really clever headline, and it's good news as well.
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EcoVadis's curator insight, January 9, 11:22 PM

This is very inspiring! How are you committing yourself to achieve zero-carbon emissions in your business and in your supply chain?

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Reality Check: Do office queen bees exist?

Reality Check: Do office queen bees exist? | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Do women in senior positions help or hinder the progress of other women?
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I have encountered this sort of behaviour in my professional career, but I don't know if it's common.  The research seems to tell a varied story, but we all seem to have an understanding of the concept.  So is it a myth or reality?
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What's The Story, Working Class Tory?

What's The Story, Working Class Tory? | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
It's an identity, and a way of life.
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Do you vote with your heart, or with your mind?  And why don't they align neatly?
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Iceland Makes Gender Pay Inequality Illegal 

Iceland Makes Gender Pay Inequality Illegal  | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it


 

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Birkbeck Careers & Employability's curator insight, January 5, 5:47 AM
Gender Pay Inequality is something that has come into sharp focus in recent years with the UK Government introducing Gender Pay Gap information Regulations which come into force this April obliging all Employers of 250 people or more to publish their gender pay gaps or face unlimited fines. Despite legislation in many countries, the Gender Pay Gap is so deeply entrenched in the global work culture that it does not seem to be closing at any great pace. The UK’s efforts pale in comparison to this small Nordic country with an international reputation as a trailblazer for female equality; the World Economic Forum ranking it as having the smallest gender equality gap for the last nine consecutive years. Iceland has set the benchmark for other countries and now its Government has gone one step further by making it illegal to pay men more than women. New legislation means companies and government agencies with more than 25 people will need to get Government certification to prove this and will need to renew this certification every three years. Historically, inequality and discrimination in the labour market is something that women all over the world have had to struggle with but the Zeitgeist of these times seems to be one which is motivating people to become less complacent with these kinds of social injustices. What do you think? Watch this space!
 
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Goop and the Monetisation of Female Empowerment

Goop and the Monetisation of Female Empowerment | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
It's only empowering if it actually gives you power.
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Many middle-aged, middle-class women set up their own franchises of brands that are in turn marketed heavily to them as consumers.  But few make a proper living from it, and the hollow promises of their shonky products often translate to overblown promises of success.  Whether you're a consumer, producer, or salesperson, female empowerment is the real commodity.
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Inequality in nature and society

Inequality is one of the main drivers of social tension. We show striking similarities between patterns of inequality between species abundances in nature and wealth in society. We demonstrate that in the absence of equalizing forces, such large inequality will arise from chance alone. While natural enemies have an equalizing effect in nature, inequality in societies can be suppressed by wealth-equalizing institutions. However, over the past millennium, such institutions have been weakened during periods of societal upscaling. Our analysis suggests that due to the very same mathematical principle that rules natural communities (indeed, a “law of nature”) extreme wealth inequality is inevitable in a globalizing world unless effective wealth-equalizing institutions are installed on a global scale.

 

Inequality in nature and society
Marten Scheffer, Bas van Bavel, Ingrid A. van de Leemput, and Egbert H. van Nes

PNAS


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Marcelo Errera's curator insight, December 17, 2017 9:32 PM
With a somewhat different approach, this article arrives to similar conclusions Prof. Bejan and I reached in our paper published last March.

We showed (and predicted) that the Lorenz distribution of income is a natural outcome of a flow system that evolves in time towards greater and greater access in the planet landscape: the movement of goods.

Inequality does not happen by evil, but for self-organization of flow systems (energy, mass flow, movement of goods) and the association with energy expenditure and the production of wealth.

Economies are highly complex (in the sense it is hard to describe), however it can be seen flow organization  plays the role of forcing factor.

Innovation and diversification of flow processes in the economies might provide better chances for less disparity.

The links below will direct to out paper In case the authors or PNAS want to cite it.


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Have People Really Had Enough Of Experts?

Have People Really Had Enough Of Experts? | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Facts & figures don’t win hearts & minds.
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We need science in politics, not politics in science.  No wonder we find it hard to trust experts.
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Is Cousin Marriage Really All That Bad?

Is Cousin Marriage Really All That Bad? | Skeptical Philosophy | Scoop.it
Both culture and science are divided on the matter.
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The idea of marrying your cousin might seem icky, but genetically speaking, it's not as risky as you might think.
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