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Just got my Patreon invoice for June, which reminds me to blog briefly about patronage as one business model when what is being produced is digital, and hence has basically zero marginal cost per additional consumer. Patreon is a system for making regular (monthly) payments to creators you want to... [Read More]
The gender data gap
I came across this 2019 book in a second hand bookstore in Salisbury in the summer of 2020, and rediscovered it on my home office bookshelf a month or so back. Written by Caroline Criado Perez it’s an accessible and scholarly list of the very many ways in which the... [Read More]
A World Without Email
Or...the hyperactive hive mind
I heard Cal Newport talking about his new book, A World Without Email on Lex Fridman’s podcast, where Cal said the book really should have been called The Hyperactive Hive Mind, but that wouldn’t have sold as many copies. An even less exciting but yet more accurate title would have... [Read More]
The Early Asimov
Twenty-seven stories from the Campbell years
Bought this three-volume set in The Book Cupboard shortly after first lockdown, and finally finished them (in between several other books) last night. An interesting and varied collection of early writings from the science fiction writer I have probably read the most over the years, but if you’ve not read... [Read More]
How hard is cognitive science?
Very, very hard
Patricia Rich and colleagues (Rich et al., 2021) ask us to imagine what, for most theorists in cognitive science, would seem to be an ideal working environment. It’s a world where there is no uncertainty about observations (no replication crisis). It’s also a world where there is no problem of... [Read More]