Antinominalistic

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Thanks, Doctor Irvine. Now I get to spend the rest of the day speculating about who this was.

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Monumental Errors

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Now that we know the entire fabric of statutory protection for listed buildings and scheduled monuments can be suspended at the local police commander’s whim, it has been a grimly fascinating exercise in social psychology to see how rapidly the iconoclastic impulse spread from slaver to abolitionist. I toyed with the idea of a spoof campaign …

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Pandemic Pensées

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Not mocking armchair philosophy now, are they?

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Unfrieze

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After suggestions that Greece would push the Marbles onto the EU’s post-Brexit agenda, it’s unclear whether this is still being run up the flagpole:

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On the Othered Hand

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Atlas Obscura has an odd article about 1850s photography of Egyptian archaeological sites, wherein capturing the ‘strange emptiness’ of scenes minus the contemporary population living nearby is characterised as some sort of ‘colonial agenda’ that ‘sidelined or erased indigenous residents of other countries’. Which is the kind of thing that would be easier to swallow if …

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Examining the Future

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It’s not often that news of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales reaches my redoubt in England, but today I learn that the Commissioner is proposing scrappage of GCSEs. Which doesn’t seem quite what I thought was anticipated when the role was set up.

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“Because it’s our job.”

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Apparently the latest controversial morsel on the FFVII remake is:

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Ruffled Feathers

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Apparently I stand to be blacklisted. I wrote a piece for Quillette once, before it became famous, that was actually a qualified defence of the concept of cultural appropriation.

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Left Luggage

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I found a Usenet post from 2004 about a bug in Thief: Deadly Shadows. A player, trying to open a chest, instead got engulfed by it and ended up inside.

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‘For those adepts who have a vision for restitutions...’

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The Sarr-Savoy report to Emmanuel Macron on heritage restitution has an English translation, and I have read it. It’s very... French. That is, it reflects the stereotype of the continental intellectual whose writing can never merely be about a subject when it can bear witness to it, and whose language teems with temporalities and specificities and …

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Field Notes from the Fediverse

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If your eye got caught by the waves of Mastodon-is-like-Twitter-but-much-nicer articles, you may find these notes marginally useful. I’m going to assume you’ve got as far as knowing Mastodon is not the whole network, but a microblogging platform integrated into the wider and older ‘Fediverse’. If that’s confusing already, see here for a primer (and maybe …

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OvARtaken, Part 2

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Every time I write on AR I find stuff I want to catch up with before the text has even made it through editorial.

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Sounds Funny

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What it’s like to hear voices: Sammee has been hearing voices for most of her life... Have you ever heard voices?

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Oxford Philosophx

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Reports are circulating (seemingly sourced from a paywalled Telegraph article) about the Oxford Philosophy Dept.’s attempts to bolster female confidence by manipulating reading lists, e.g. converting ‘G.E.M. Anscombe’ into ‘Elizabeth Anscombe’. Having once had a (female) tutee who thought Martha Nussbaum was a ‘he’, I’m not sure whether it’s optimism or pessimism Oxford has in excess.

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The Sizzle of Space

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I interviewed Tony Milligan (K.C.L.) about the ethics of space exploration for Pod Academy. It was his work on cultural value in space I built on/responded to in my piece for Commercial Space Exploration: Ethics, Policy and Governance, and as things turned out we were co-contributors to that volume, so it was particularly interesting to have …

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