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"'People have forgotten this truth', the fox said. 'But you musn't forget it. You become responsible forever for what you've tamed. You're responsible for your rose.'"

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (via bookmania)

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The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.

It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.

I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.

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What I’ve Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings (D. Brian Burghart, Gawker)

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"We are compartmentalized, looking at a tiny corner of a very complex system beyond our individual comprehension. Increasing numbers of our systems—from finance to electricity to cybersecurity to medical systems, are going in this direction. We are losing control and understanding which seems fine—until it’s not. We will certainly, and unfortunately, find out what this really means because sooner or later, one of these systems will fail in a way we don’t understand."

Failing the Third Machine Age (via socio-logic)

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"Developed by researchers at the University of Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s, social disorganization theory asserts that crime is most likely to occur in communities with weak social ties and the absence of social control. An individual who grows up in a poor neighborhood with high rates of drug use, violence, teenage delinquency, and deprived parenting is more likely to become a criminal than an individual from a wealthy neighborhood with a good school system and families who are involved positively in the community."

Introduction to Sociology: Deviance, Crime and Social Control  (via socio-logic)

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"If I convince myself that this life has no other aspect than that of the absurd, if I feel that its whole equilibrium depends on the perpetual opposition between my conscious revolt and the darkness in which it struggles, if I admit that my freedom has no meaning except in relation to its limited fate, then I must say that what counts is not the best living but the most living."

Albert Camus, An Absurd Reasoning (via passionnedenoir)

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Spaces and places are not only themselves gendered but, in their being so, they both reflect and affect the ways in which gender is constructed and understood. The limitation of women’s mobility, in terms both of identity and space, has been in some cultural contexts a crucial means of subordination. Moreover the two things - the limitation on mobility in space, the attempted consignment/confinement to particular places on the one hand, and the limitation on identity on the other - have been crucially related.


One of the most evident aspects of this joint control of spatiality and identity has been in the West related to the culturally specific distinction between public and private. The attempt to confine women to the domestic sphere was both a specifically spatial control and, through that, a social control on identity

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Space, Place and Gender' - Doreen Massey (1994)

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"The Other is the dimension required by the fact that speech affirms itself as truth."

Ecrits VII, Position Of The Unconscious - Jacques Lacan (via alterities)

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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Arne Svenson

Strays

Strays are images of kittens that are photographed in such a way that denies the viewer the opportunity to see their faces. The heads are turned so far to the background so as to totally disengage the subject from the viewer. In many cases, the head is turned far enough so as to appear as though there is no face to the kitten as if it had slipped off, to be replaced by the blankness of fur.

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"The paradox of rationality is succinctly illustrated in a question posed to psychologists Dick Nisbett and Lee Ross by a colleague who had read some of their studies on errors in human reasoning and had asked them: “If we’re so dumb, how come we made it to the moon? (Nisbett and Ross 1980, 249). The puzzle that this question poses—the puzzle that Evans and Over call the paradox of rationality—is that if psychologists have demonstrated so many instances of human irrationality, how could we have done anything so impressive as find a way to get to the moon? How could humans have accomplished any number of supreme cultural achievements such as curing illness, decoding the genome, and uncovering the most minute constituents of matter? The answer to this question is actually fairly simple. As cultural products, collective feats of societal progress do not bear on the capabilities of individuals for rationality or sustained efficient computation, because cultural diffusion allows knowledge to be shared and short-circuits the need for separate individual discovery. Most of us are cultural freeloaders—adding nothing to the collective knowledge or rationality of humanity. Instead, we benefit every day from the knowledge and rational strategies invented by others. The development of probability theory, concepts of empiricism, mathematics, scientific inference, and logic throughout the centuries have provided humans with conceptual tools to aid in the formation and revision of belief and in their reasoning about action. A college sophomore with introductory statistics under his or her belt could, if time-transported to the Europe of a couple of centuries ago, become rich “beyond the dreams of avarice” by frequenting the gaming tables or by becoming involved in insurance or lotteries (see Gigerenzer, Swijtink, Porter, Daston, Beatty, and Kruger 1989; Hacking 1975, 1990). The cultural evolution of rational standards is apt to occur markedly faster than human evolution. In part this cultural evolution creates the conditions whereby instrumental rationality separates from genetic optimization. As we add to the tools of rational thought, we add to the software that the analytic system can run to achieve long-leash goals that optimize actions for the individual. Learning a tool of rational thinking can quickly change behavior and reasoning in useful ways—as when a university student reads the editorial page with new reflectiveness after having just learned the rules of logic. Evolutionary change is glacial by comparison. Thus, in an astonishingly short time by evolutionary standards, humans can learn and disseminate—through education and other forms of cultural transmission—modes of thinking that can trump genetically optimized modules in our brains that have been driving our behavior for eons. Because new discoveries by innovators can be conveyed linguistically, the general populace needs only the capability to understand the new cognitive tools— not to independently discover the new tools themselves."

Keith E. Stanovich, The Robot’s Rebellion, P. 169 (via blackestdespondency)

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