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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Priming

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Do you think this comic is overly wordy, or did I just prime you to believe that?

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Last full week to get in your BAHFest proposal, people of Houston!

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CallMeWilliam
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hah.
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The Pythagoreans

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factual.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Spandrels

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The moment you stop trying to do anything to make the other person like you? That's true love.

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and then you come home to strawberry rhubarb cocktails that you actually like.
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tante
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The lies people tell each other
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"Should we change our pants?"
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Compatibilism

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No, I'm just kidding. You, individual primate of planet Earth, can violate causality itself.

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This is exactly how compatibleism works. And why it is correct.
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"There's way worse videos"

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Today's students on Rodney King:

I mentioned Rodney King in an Intro to American Government class. I got the blank "Is that a thing we are supposed to know?" look that I have come to recognize when students hear about something that happened more than six months ago. "Rodney King?" More blinking. "Can someone tell why the name Rodney King is important?"

One student, god bless her, raised her hand. I paraphrase: "He was killed by the police and it caused the LA Riots." I noted that, no, he did not die, but the second part of the statement was indirectly true. God bless technology in the classroom -- I pulled up the grainy VHS-camcorder version of the video, as well as a transcript of the audio analysis presented at trial. We watched, and then talked a bit about the rioting following the acquittal of the LAPD officers at trial. They kept doing the blinking thing. I struggled to figure out what part of this relatively straightforward explanation had managed to confuse them.

"Are there questions? You guys look confused."

Hand. "So he was OK?"

"He was beaten up pretty badly, but, ultimately he was. He died a few years ago from unrelated causes (note: in 2012)."

Hand. "It's kind of weird that everybody rioted over that. I mean, there's way worse videos." General murmurs of agreement. [...]

This is a generation of kids so numb to seeing videos of police beating, tasering, shooting, and otherwise applying the power of the state to unarmed and almost inevitably black or Hispanic men that they legitimately could not understand why a video of cops beating up a black guy (who didn't even die for pete's sake!) was shocking enough to cause a widespread breakdown of public order. [...]

These kids have grown up in a world where this is background noise. It is part of the static of life in the United States. Whether these incidents outrage them or are met with the usual excuses (Comply faster, dress differently, be less Scary) the fact is that they happen so regularly that retaining even one of them in long term memory is unlikely. To think about Rodney King is to imagine a reality in which it was actually kind of shocking to see a video of four cops kicking and night-sticking an unarmed black man over the head repeatedly. Now videos of police violence are about as surprising and rare as weather reports, and forgotten almost as quickly once passed.

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Indianapolis
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Blood of the Bayesian

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Also one about a werewolf who uses statistical methods to determine he's actually an insane man experiencing a prolonged psychotic episode.

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