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Fat shaming food columnist in WaPo

It’s kind of amazing but here we are: a food columnist writes about how diets are shams, how they statistically don’t work, and they play on people’s desires to live a different life – all good things to point out – and yet – yet!! – the piece ends with her describing how she, in fact, loses weight on diets anyway, because, and I quote: ...

Tue Jan 24, 2023 20:50
Fat shaming food columnist in WaPo

It’s kind of amazing but here we are: a food columnist writes about how diets are shams, how they statistically don’t work, and they play on people’s desires to live a different life – all good things to point out – and yet – yet!! – the piece ends with her describing how she, in fact, loses weight on diets anyway, because, and I quote: ...

Tue Jan 24, 2023 17:50
Can we embed dignity into social media?

I’m working on a philosophy paper with an ethicist named William Cochran. I’ll post a link to it once it’s written but in the meantime I have decided to use this neglected space to think through parts of my work on the paper. Namely, I’m trying to work out whether it’s possible or practical to embed dignity into social media. That sounds...

Mon Jan 16, 2023 19:43
Can we embed dignity into social media?

I’m working on a philosophy paper with an ethicist named William Cochran. I’ll post a link to it once it’s written but in the meantime I have decided to use this neglected space to think through parts of my work on the paper. Namely, I’m trying to work out whether it’s possible or practical to embed dignity into social media. That sounds...

Mon Jan 16, 2023 16:44
ChatGPT: neither wise nor threatening

There’s been a huge amount of hubbub in the tech press lately around the newest generation of chatbots, with ChatGPT being the version that is most celebrated and/or feared. I don’t think the celebration or the fear is warranted. First of all, we don’t need to fear that ChatGPT is going to replace humans. It doesn’t...

Wed Jan 11, 2023 17:16
ChatGPT: neither wise nor threatening

There’s been a huge amount of hubbub in the tech press lately around the newest generation of chatbots, with ChatGPT being the version that is most celebrated and/or feared. I don’t think the celebration or the fear is warranted. First of all, we don’t need to fear that ChatGPT is going to replace humans. It doesn’t...

Wed Jan 11, 2023 16:45

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