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I’d say most people I have come across are Empiricists about the mind.

This is the idea that all our mind’s access to the world outside us is mediated through our senses. I’d say, of most of the Empiricists I know, they are anti-realists about truth.

That is, the most popular conclusion from Empiricism is that humans cannot have an accurate perceptual connection to the world outside them.

So they say, the senses are like lenses, and they distort humans’ ability to experience the objective world.

Some even go further to say there is no objective world, because the nature of experience is fundamentally perspectival.

I have come to reject this train of thought. I did so in 2015, and my PhD thesis is about the opposite.

I am now a direct realist.

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What a weekend! Ended up #1 on HackerNews, a dozen sub-reddits and GitHub Trending.

So exhausted, but also so proud of everything we do at @charm!

charm.sh

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TIL about lichess.org/ , one of the world's most popular chess servers, run entirely on free software by a nonprofit, ad-free, supported by donations with a budget of ~$420K/year according to lichess.org/costs

They've been around since 2010.

As awesome as this is to see, imagine how many free/open nonprofit alternatives to Big Tech platforms would exist if, down to the municipal level, we decided to support them with funding & infrastructure.

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@Gargron sorry, servers are too busy mining crypto coins, can't service your request right now

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@fr33domlover This is great news!

I'm one of the devs working on forgeflux.org. we recently made the decision to fork ForgeFed to continue the work but if you'd have us, we could combine forces and continue ForgeFed development!

Here's a little preview of what ForgeFlux has been up to: @realaravinth is a user on a Gitea instance at git.batsense.net/realaravinth :)

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"smart"phones be like: "Hey, my battery is almost empty, let me start blinking an LED at you to drain it even faster".

Here's a fun mathematical challenge: try to fold a piece of paper perfectly into thirds. The solution is elegant but tricky!

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However, it is often anger and petulant vulnerability that unites people towards specific goals (for better or worse): we act less about homelessness on the streets (real vulnerability) and more about political discourse (sensationalism towards anger). Such negative reinforcement - for everyone, not just men - will be hard to break.

nytimes.com/2022/01/13/opinion

It's not manlihood, it's manipulation. Feelings are and still should be natural. Take back our feelings! #mentalhealth

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Star Wars characters will literally be called “Fisto” and nobody bats an eye

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An existing solution for efficient, zero-emissions rubbish collection in urban areas: the VBZ / ERZ Cargo Tram in Zurich, Switzerland. Handles bulky municipal rubbish collection in tight city streets with ease and has luxurious facilities for workers on-board the tram locomotive - a field workshop, coffee machine and microwave!
youtube.com/watch?v=P4FA4koe88
#trolleypunk

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@alcinnz

Some people want to write their own letters

Some people want to write their own books

Some people want to sing their own songs

Some people want to sketch their own pictures

Some people want to have their own discussions

Some people want to have their own memories

Some people want to shape their own minds

Some people want to be their own people

Some people is actually all people

We will run our own servers

The age of robber tech barons was brutal but is over

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