A few weeks ago someone posted on hacker news an (oldish) long rant by a certain Steven Dutch against the weasel wording of post-modern philosophy of science.
For a physicist, being called solipsist is tantamount to being accused of inventing his experimental results, pretty much the worst thing one could do. For anyone in the humanities, people being their object of study, and people having a strong tendency to behave in solipsist ways, disregarding solipsism out of hand is inventing experimental results. Read More »
Ada Lovelace Day is all about celebrating great woman scientists. About the role models that inspire us into being all we can be. About ladies that not only kick ass, but do so with their amazing brains!
This year i want to pay homage to my aunt:
Jussara Rocha Ferreira
Jussara is an extremely competent scientist and she groks all that anatomy thing inside out. She began her studies as a veterinarian, but by now i believe she can tackle anatomy from any possible angle. And of course she’s got an impressive curriculum. But there is something more important.
I want to pay homage to Jussara today because of the attitude she taught me about science and research. For her, it was never just a job, or more to the point she showed me that research involved some administrative red-tape, but that it was much more than that. She showed me how science could be an enterprise of the brain, how it could be your very own adventure of understanding the world, how thinking made you free. She showed me how excelling at your thinking was a pathway for your own happiness. How being hard and demanding was not a matter of passing an exam, but a matter of pushing yourself harder and farther.
Maybe this will come as a surprise to her. Because she never really said any of this to me, explicitly. But her greatness just gets to you. I am very sure that she was an inspiration for very many of her students.
It turns out today is Ada Lovelace Day. This means that we are supposed to post something about a woman we admire in science and tech. Like a day to disclose who are our heroines. I’ve seen it back at 2D Goggles, which in and of itself is super duper worth of being mentioned! I mean, come on, the Differential Engine fighting crime! You can’t get much better than that! So much so that there is no much i can say that would make it any better, so: ME BIG FAN!
So, as it is a very appropriate day, i would like to dedicate my Ada Lovelace Day to … to … suspense … »
I don’t and can’t consider myself an atheist. Part of that comes from my deep disgusm with the rabid and dogmatic campaign against religion that the likes of Dawkins and N are conducting. But that’s just part of it. There are other, more subtle and complicated, or maybe even more important, issues at hand. For, you see, my current position is such that a casual observer would never see the difference between my point of view and atheism.
For lack of a better word, let’s call it ananthropomorfism. Read More »