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Left and Right are both gripped by an identical fear: homogeneity | Aeon Essays
"What people most fear is not difference, but a world in which nothing and nowhere is unique, in which everyplace is the same "
politics  fear  homogenization  sameness  diversity 
7 weeks ago by tsuomela
How is science like the military? They are politically extreme yet vital to the nation - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
Very interesting point that the liberalism of the professoriate is in the same cultural context as the conservatism of the military. Does anyone call for greater viewpoint diversity in the military?
academic  discipline  political-science  culture  military  liberal  conservative  diversity  ideology  political-correctness 
january 2018 by tsuomela | To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement
"We are a politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities. We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged. To reverse this process, we have come together to advocate for a more intellectually diverse and heterodox academy."
politics  academia  diversity  partisanship 
december 2017 by tsuomela
From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes - Connected Learning Alliance
"The growth of online communication, media, and gaming is driving dramatic changes in how we learn. Responding to these shifts, new forms of technology-enhanced learning and instruction, such as personalized learning, open online courses, educational games and apps, and tools for learning analytics, are garnering significant public attention and private investment. These technologies hold tremendous promise for improving learning experiences and outcomes. Despite this promise, however, evidence is mounting that these new technologies tend to be used and accessed in unequal ways, and they may even exacerbate inequity. In February and May 2017, leading researchers, educators, and technologists convened for in-depth working sessions to share challenges and solutions for how learning technologies can provide the greatest benefits for our most vulnerable learners.The aim was to develop guiding principles and a shared agenda for how educational platforms and funders can best serve diverse and disadvantaged learners. These principles include inclusive design processes, ways of addressing barriers, and meth- ods to effectively measure impact. This report synthesizes the research, learnings, and recommendations that participants offered at the two workshops. After framing the nature of the challenge, the report then describes promising strategies and examples, and it ends with recommendations for next steps in research and coalition building."
digital-pedagogy  teaching  technology  diversity  access  equity 
november 2017 by tsuomela
XFR Collective
"XFR Collective is a non-profit organization that partners with artists, activists, individuals, and groups to lower the barriers to preserving at-risk audiovisual media – especially unseen, unheard, or marginalized works – by providing low-cost digitization services and fostering a community of support for archiving and access through education, research, and cultural engagement."
archives  citizen  volunteer  amateur  diversity  minorities  media  digital 
february 2017 by tsuomela
All The Scarlet Letters | According To Hoyt
For connection to the sad puppies and hugos. An example of discrimination(?) against libertarians in SF.
sf  fiction  politics  conservative  social-justice  hugo  ideology  diversity 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Biodiversity Heritage Library
"The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community."
library  biology  biological-sciences  diversity  biodiversity  environment  ecology  nature 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Forest Research - Anna Lawrence
Author of "The first cuckoo in winter: British phenology recording, credibility and meaning"
people  research  citizen-science  forestry  environment  monitor  citizen  participation  phenology  biology  diversity  country(UK) 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Big-Tent Problems « Easily Distracted
So here’s one thing I was thinking about: what intellectual issues and questions by their nature require discussion between a very heterogenous group of disciplines and intellects for innovative solutions or some kind of forward motion to emerge?

Almost any problem or question could probably benefit from having more than one perspective or angle devoted to it, but for many academic questions or policy problems, the natural range of useful contributions ought to be fairly narrow....I’m focused here just on intellectual and applied problems where heterogeneity in methods, bodies of knowledge and perspective are a requirement for progress. A few examples, and I’d be glad to hear of more along these lines: SETI, artificial intelligence, economic development, education, cultural creation
dialogue  problem-solving  diversity  ideas  idea-generation 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Taking the Right Seriously - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The unfortunate fact is that American academics have until recently shown little curiosity about conservative ideas, even though those ideas have utterly transformed American (and British) politics over the past 30 years. A look at the online catalogs of our major universities confirms this: plenty of courses on identity politics and postcolonialism, nary a one on conservative political thought.
academia  conservatism  politics  academic  conservative  teaching  diversity  right-wing 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Wolfram Blog : Minimum Inventory, Maximum Diversity
A minimum inventory/maximum diversity system is a kit of modular parts and rules of assembly that gives you maximal design bang for your design-component buck. It’s a system that achieves a wide variety of effects from a small variety of parts.
mathematica  mathematics  design  graphics  complexity  diversity 
june 2009 by tsuomela
OnFiction: Research Bulletin: Universal Stories
Hogan has read stories from all round the world, stories created before the age of European expansion and colonialism, and he has found universals in world-wide recurrences of three story themes.
story-telling  themes  culture  diversity 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Open the Future: Resilience and the Next Disaster
Here are my key elements of a diverse system -- Diversity, Redundancy, Decentralization, Collaboration, Transparency, Openness, Fail Gracefully, Flexibility, Foresight
futurism  future  resiliance  diversity  system  complexity  policy  psychology  disaster 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Diversity in open social networks
Online communities have become become a crucial ingredient of e-business. Supporting open social networks builds strong brands and provides lasting value to the consumer. One function of the community is to recommend new products and services. Open social networks tend to be resilient, adaptive, and broad, but simplistic recommender systems can be 'gamed' by members seeking to promote certain products or services. We argue that the gaming is not the failure of the open social network, but rather of the function used by the recommender. To increase the quality and resilience of recommender systems, and provide the user with genuine and novel discoveries, we have to foster diversity, instead of closing down the social networks. Fortunately, software increases the broadcast capacity of each individual, making dense open social networks possible. Numerically, we show that dense social networks encourage diversity. In business terms, dense social networks support a long tail.
social-networks  diversity  business 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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