Basically, comp sci hasn’t had its arse handed to it yet. Some people think some physicists are arrogant condescending arseholes. It’s more true to say that most physicists reliably become arrogant and condescending for aContinue readingOne way AGI might not happen
There is a significant overlap between those who criticise Islam and those who have a cultural fear of Middle Eastern Muslim migrants. The latter is surely what people mean when they speak of Islamophobia:Continue readingIslamophobic? Maybe
No absurdist black comedy here, no self-referential meta-games, no antitheistic polemics. This is actually a sincere post, summarising what I’ve really been thinking about for five years and what IContinue readingWhat I want to do
Completing an ill-conceived PhD thesis is a lot like strangling to death, someone you once loved. It’s been four years of wonderful freedom and tenure. Through this time you’ve nurturedContinue readingThe Struggle
Last year my colleague (and — I suppose — friend) Mathew McGann and I participated in the Canberra focus group for the Australian Science Communicators (ASC) audit of how the discipline is doing in Australia. The resultsContinue readingScience Communication: Hopeless?
Reading this article by my friend Zoya Patel, editor of Lip magazine, about people who use the word feminazi, I was reminded of something I used to tell my students about the language they chose to use inContinue readingHow to Sound Smart to Dumb People