Coolest christmas thing to do in the Netherlands: visit the Church in The Hague that is entering its 9th week of holding uninterrupted 24/7 church services to prevent the police from entering the building and deporting a refugee family.
The church always needs at least one visitor to legally be in service so a time like 5 AM is the very best moment to come show your solidarity.
You can see that as a corollary to the principle of natural selection. Long-standing cultural traits have necessarily been adapted to the logic of survival. An interpretation that disregards those traits is probably rooted in an insufficient understanding of the specific context or the trait itself.
That passage made me realize that I've long incorporated, but rarely articulated, a Very Useful Principle into my own thinking about cultures not my own:
If a population has survived for a considerable period of time with some cultural trait that seems, on outside interpretation, contrary to reason, then it's probably the interpretation that's faulty.
tl;dr: The logic of survival preempts the logic of interpretation.
The late Michael Dorris on where Eurocentric interpretations of Native American culture go wrong: "Their [Native American] cultures have had to make internal sense, their medicines have had to work consistently and practically, their philosophical explanations have had to be reasonably satisfying and dependable, or else the ancestors of those we call Indians really would have vanished long ago"
("Indians on the Shelf," 1987)
"The main takeaway, I think, is not just that we need to be more scrupulous about our location data settings. It’s that we need to be much, much more restrictive about the apps that we install on our phones." https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/j5zap3/delete-all-your-apps
Played a bit of Capsule today, and this aesthetic is Very My Thing. http://milsci.info
Postscript: One thing that perplexed me in Thucydides was the mutilation of the Hermes.
Just ahead of the invasion of Sicily, a number of religious statues were mysteriously defaced. This eventually led to the expulsion of a number of citizens, most notably the general Alcibiades.
Found a theory in G.M. Calhoun’s “Athenian Clubs in Politics and Legislation”: that hetaery (political clubs) sometimes committed joint outrages — criminal or religious — to commit members to a conspiracy.
Hey new people on Mastodon!
For privacy reasons there's no automated "people to follow" suggestions on here.
However, there is an unofficial community site called #Trunk which is an opt-in list of people who are looking for followers, organised by topic:
Scroll down to find people to follow, or read the instructions at the top if you want to be added to a list.
For example, here's the list for "Science Fiction":
The lack of an account migration idiom on Mastodon really is fatal, it is sincerely a thing that keeps me from recommending Mastodon to people. The http://witches.town evaporation to me was kind of like a disproof of the fediverse and I feel like maybe the fediverse dev community should have treated it as such. There needs to be a way to recover your account, "toots", and follower network if one instance goes away.
Okay so tumblr is banning rotating cubes saying it's porn and facebook banned saying "i'm gay" saying it's sexual solicitation and Twitter always seemed like it could disappear at any moment
I feel like we need to be getting ready for Mass Migration to Mastodon, which means we need to fix anything that keeps Mastodon from being usable, and there is in fact something that keeps Mastodon from being usable, there's one specific thing, it's this:
Topics for discussion include anthropology, archaeology, the arts, civics, ethnic and gender studies, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, religion, and so on.
Professionals, academics, students and amateurs welcome.