Friday Links (14-Sep-12)

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on TumblrEmail this to someone
  • Russell Glasser on how not to build inclusive communities. Summary: by not excluding certain people (in this case, those who want to flash their dicks around), you are effectively excluding a very large population — anything is is just Ayn Randian nonsense about level playing fields.
  • Two good posts by Orac on alternative medicine as religion.
  • For those outside Australia, we’ve been having a “debate” about refugees that come by boat without applying first. After some political acrobatics the refugees lost. Here is an amazingly frank op-ed published in the Sydney Morning Herald by a Hazara refugee currently in Indonesia on why he intends on coming to Australia regardless and why this is the just thing: Leaving is better than staying to face death
  • A 10 min lightsaber fight scene made by Star Wars fans that wipes the floor with any actual Star Wars duels in terms of inventiveness: Ryan vs Dorkman 2
  • Violet Blue on the hysteria that caused a mob to shut down a legitimate ebook-sharing website because they thought their works were being pirated.
  • My favourite TED-talker Hans Rosling has another great one on childbirth, population growth and religion. Summary: we have reached Peak Child, the world will inevitably reach 10 billion but will likely peak, religion (especially Christianity vs Islam) has very little to do with it.
  • A good episode of Rationally Speaking on Freudian psychoanalysis as pseudoscience. I encourage you to listen even if you have an opinion on this as it’ll be worth it. Spoiler: Freud’s arguments were sometimes even more ridiculous than you might think based on caricatures you’ve seen!
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on TumblrEmail this to someone

About this blog

The thinly-veiled identity of lives and rants in Sydney. Views not his own, provided by hivemind. All my original work on this blog is licensed under a CC BY-NC License. Click here for the privacy policy

Subscribe to Fail Blue Dot