escarlatafox said: Hi there! :) I saw your post about the Gender Similarities Hypothesis, and I'd just like to recommend that you read a book called "Delusions of Gender" by Cordelia Fine, in which supposed gender differences are expertly (and wittily) rebunked. I think you'd really enjoy it, and it really shows you just how far this stuff is. :)
I’ll keep an eye out for the book but in the meantime I’m going to watch this lecture.
Dr. Cordelia Fine starts at 12 minutes
When it comes to researching complex systems there is often a tendency to use reductionist explanations especially if they play to our culturally informed intuitions ie sex differences. I think setting out to research gender similarity is also a political position but you can do it with intellectual integrity, like Dr. Cordelia Fine, by actually going back and examining in depth the sex difference literature.
Also here is the original post about Gender Similarity Hypothesis.
Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900), Scene in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica (Oil on paper mounted on academy board), August, 1865.
I googled “christian mysticism as a response to nihilism” about a week ago and found out about Simone Weil. She is basically all I’ve been reading since then.
Listening to Chic, eating a blue cheese burger, and drinking cider…somehow it is working for me
So one of the few games I’ve helped crowdfund is, The Long Dark, a survival sim set in Canada after a strange electromagnetic storm knocks your plane down.
They released a sandbox mode in advance on Steam. You just have to see how long you can survive. First time around I lasted only two hours after running into a wolf. The next time around was more successful.
I started near a clear cut and climbed up to a watch tower and spent the night. But I had to leave because I was hungry I left in darkness and sprained my ankle on the way back down. Luckily I soon found a small logging camp. I crossed a bridge and found a dam and was so busy exploring inside the dam I didn’t notice a big wind storm arriving. When I went back outside I couldn’t get my fire started. I went back inside hoping to wait out the storm. I took a nap and when I woke I was able to start a fire and cook some venison. However I should’ve kept moving but instead I went back exploring the damn. I didn’t have enough food and died of starvation the next time I slept.
I really liked my experience so far but I feel as though my calories are running down too fast compared to thirst. Like I’m pretty sure not drinking water should kill you faster than not eating. Anyway can’t wait to see where they take the game. Also the clothes inventory could use work I didn’t know what I could layer and I had a hard time comparing items.
Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)
Original on top, later version below
"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’
The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.