Weekend Coffee: Universal Translators

It’s not quite Star Trek, but this technology from Google is a step in that direction: The Pixel 2 smartphone and wireless earbuds can translate spoken language in real time, allowing two people who don’t speak the same language to have a conversation. And it’s not only Google that’s doing this: As the Guardian notes, other tech companies like Bragi and Microsoft’s Skype also have built-in live translation. As often happens, it was a government need that drove the creation… Read more

The Fountainhead: Villain Protagonist

The Fountainhead is best when its supposed hero isn’t on the page. Read more

A Reading List on Implicit Bias: Gender

One of the first posts I ever wrote for Daylight Atheism, “On Presuppositions”, discusses how implicit prejudices about race and gender influence our actions – even among people who don’t consciously endorse those prejudices. The post discussed the famous Implicit Association Test, which shows among other things that the vast majority of people take less time to link business and work concepts with men and housework and childraising concepts with women than to do the opposite. The IAT is one… Read more

Dystopia Journal #10: Deathbed Confessions

Republicans are beginning to fear World War III, yet even now they can only speak their mind in whispers. Read more

The Fountainhead: The Rent Is Too Damn High

Why cities need affordable housing. Read more

The Mythicist Milwaukee Debacle

When secular groups give a platform to the worst people, it makes all atheists look like bigots and hypocrites. Read more

Mark Driscoll and the Christian Cult of Toxic Masculinity

Let’s all say hello to a new neighbor. Read more

The Fountainhead: Who Moves the World?

Ayn Rand seems to have forgotten who’s the heroic creator and who’s the second-hander. Read more

What I’ll Teach My Son After Las Vegas

What we can teach our children about tragedy, and what we can learn from them in return. Read more

It’s Never the Right Time to Protest

Apologists for the status quo will always come up with excuses for why this is the wrong time, or the wrong method of protest, or the wrong people to raise the banner of change. Read more

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