philosophical moderation and the burden of proving my humanity

By now, even the mainstream media publishes articles fretting about how false balance, “presenting both sides”, etc. typically benefits bullshit, often rightwing causes: racism, creationism, global warming denial, tobacco industry misinformation, anti-vaccination. It’s not true, a priori, that there are two reasonable sides to every controversy. Less mainstream, but no less frequently repeated, is the…

autism phishing expedition

A press release from the University of Alabama describes this conference abstract: Social engineering is a well-established and well-studied threat especially against healthy computer users. Little studied, however, is the level of vulnerability to social engineering attacks against people with medical conditions. Social disorders in particular may make people more susceptible to such attacks. In…

autism and the cult of leadership

A guy named Ken Gosnell just wrote in Forbes about “What My Son With Autism Taught Me About Being A CEO.” Gosnell describes himself as the “Chief Servant Officer” of CEO Experience, the kind of management consulting company that holds “executive retreats”, uses cutting-edge technology to deliver a made-up “leadership score”, and posts on its…

kwame appiah’s identity obfuscations

Kwame Appiah is an English/Ghanian “cosmopolitan” philosopher at NYU. The first time I wrote about him, it was because he couldn’t wrap his head around the idea that there’s discrimination against autistic people, based on invoking Simon Baron-Cohen and not doing the slightest amount of background research. Threw the idea of affirmative action for autistic…

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