Radical Philosophy http://radicalphilosophy.org/ Thu, 26 May 2022 21:22:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://radicalphilosophy.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/radical-philosophy-icon-150x150.png Radical Philosophy http://radicalphilosophy.org/ 32 32 Ride for the Ranch | Oklahoma State University https://radicalphilosophy.org/ride-for-the-ranch-oklahoma-state-university/ Thu, 26 May 2022 21:22:13 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/ride-for-the-ranch-oklahoma-state-university/

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Media contact: Jami Mattox | Agricultural Communications Services | 405-744-8061 | jami.mattox@okstate.edu

In a state with 326,000 horses, Oklahoma State University and Ferguson College of Agriculture are well known for their collegiate equestrian and rodeo teams.

Now a new riding team is getting ready to start their competitive season.

The OSU Ranch Horse team was formed in 2020, and after more than a year of building a team and program, members are ready to hit the road in competition, said communications junior Megan Newlon. agricultural and animal sciences.

When Newlon started her studies, she noticed a missed opportunity in college, she said.

Newlon grew up showing in the discipline of ranch horses, and during her college search she looked for universities with established programs, she said.

Although OSU didn’t have the ranch riding team it wanted, it fell in love with the academic programs, she said. Once her freshman year began, she began the process of forming a club for the sport she loved, Newlon said.

“We are Oklahoma State and we are in horse country, Newlon said. “I was like, ‘Why don’t we have a ranch horse team? What’s stopping us?

Excited about a new team and passionate about the equestrian industry, Newlon applied for an internship at OSU’s Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center her freshman year, she said. In her interview, she told her ranch horse team idea to Marissa Chapa, senior equine herd manager at the center, Newlon said.

“I walked in, interviewed, and told him my idea,” she said. “Marissa said, ‘That’s a great idea! Let’s do it!'”

Originally from Kansas, Newlon said she didn’t know anyone and never really talked to her until she came to OSU and ran into her one day at North Dining.

Chapa, now a team advisor, was happy to help the girls start the process, she said.

“Megan and her peers, like Sierra, are liaisons for the team and the right kind of people to bring the initiative to get the team started,” Chapa said.

With the team up and running, members like Newlon and Walter are critical to the program’s success and growth, Chapa said.

“Some of these girls on the teams have a lot more experience than I do in ranch horse events in particular and can provide another level of value and insight to their teammates that I personally don’t have experience” , said Chapa.

To aid in the success and building of the team, the team has established an executive committee, Newlon said. Members help with everything from sponsorships and paperwork to coordinating the practice, she said.

“Being a student-led organization, all students really need to be fundamental leaders,” Newlon said. “Because it’s all the students, not the people who are paid to organize everything. Everyone must mobilize and want it.

Student participation is what sets this team apart from teams at other universities, Newlon said.

“Our members want to be here and they want to make it better for all the students who come after them,” Newlon said.

The team strives to involve any student with an interest in the industry, even if they don’t show or have a horse, Newlon said.

“We want more novice riders to develop through our program,” Newlon said. “We also wanted to connect students with industry. They will be able to have these contacts by the time they graduate and will have more ability to find jobs in the industry. »

The OSU Ranch Horse team works with the OSU Horseman’s Association to run clinics and connect students to industry, Walter said.

“One of our goals, in terms of educating students, is networking,” Walter said. “Many of these types of opportunities, such as clinics and educational seminars, are coordinated through the OSU Riders’ Association.”

Many members of the OSU Ranch Horse Team hope its creation will help get more students involved in the ranching and cowhorse riding disciplines at OSU, Newlon said.

“In terms of student recruitment, that’s a huge plus for OSU,” Walter said. “I know a lot of kids in high school who aren’t necessarily interested in being on a horse team, but they are interested in being on a ranch team.”

During a meeting with future students and alumni, Chapa was asked about a team of ranch horses, she said. Many would-be students who grew up showing they want to stay competitive and involved in the equine industry while in college, Chapa said.

As the ranch’s horse team continues to grow and establish a presence, they are preparing to ride for OSU at collegiate events, said Vivienne Sander, a sports management junior.

Sander is from Germany and came to the United States as a high school exchange student, she said. She was placed with a family in Oklahoma and was exposed to the lifestyle of ranch horse and ranch disciples, she added.

After returning to the United States for college, Sander was looking for a way to continue riding and connect with the equine industry when she heard about the ranch team, she said. Her involvement with the team has helped her find community and pursue her passion for horseback riding, she added.

Animal science junior Amy D’Epagnier learned about the creation of the ranch’s horse team while taking a course at OSU’s Charles and Linda Cline Equine Teaching Center, she said . After watching her older sister compete on a ranch horse team for another college, she was eager to join on the ground level, she added.

As practice coordinator, D’Epagnier works with the team and enjoys seeing everyone learn and succeed, she said.

To help promote the new team, the executive committee created a slogan reflecting the team’s culture and goals, Newlon said. After much deliberation, they settled on “Ride for the Ranch,” she added.

Each member has taken that and created their own meaning, but together they want to support each other and build a lasting reputation in the collegiate ranch horse community and at OSU, she said.

“We don’t ride for our own benefit or personal gain,” D’Epagnier said. “He’s more than that. It’s about helping each other and being there for the ups and downs.


Support the race

Many two- and four-year colleges across the country offer students the opportunity to compete in the ranch horse discipline at the collegiate level.

Teams compete in four events designed to demonstrate the skills required of a working ranch horse: reining, ranch trail, ranch riding, and working cow horse. Novice, limited and advanced non-professional riders make up each team.

A team can compete in Division I with four to six competitors or in Division II with three to four Novice or Limited competitors.

DI teams are a combination of non-professional, limited and novice riders. The OSU Ranch Horse team competes at the D-II level and riders supply their own horses.

In 2021–22, the team had 40 members but not all of them competed. Without direct funding from the university, the members finance themselves for their competitions.

To support the OSU Ranch Horse Team Fund, visit the OSU Foundation or call 800-622-4678.


Story by: Madelyn Owens | cowboy diary

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Biden Administration Appeases Latin American Enemies While Punching American Friends https://radicalphilosophy.org/biden-administration-appeases-latin-american-enemies-while-punching-american-friends/ Thu, 26 May 2022 13:57:29 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/biden-administration-appeases-latin-american-enemies-while-punching-american-friends/

The Biden administration last week rewarded Latin America’s two dictatorial regimes most vehemently opposed to American values, Cuba and Venezuela, and punished one of the last regional governments to support the United States, Guatemala.

The last part was not a surprise for both of us. As we both heard from the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, in his presidential palace late last month, the Biden administration has been trying to destabilize his elected government for months. Yet the dramatic moves in Latin America this week were unexpected.

Within 24 hours, the Biden administration announced it was easing economic sanctions against the Marxist dictatorship in Venezuela, increasing consular services and effectively allowing tourism and increasing remittances to communist-controlled Cuba, but had also decided to ban the new prosecutor. General of Guatemala to visit U.S. Biden’s brutal treatment of the Guatemalan government and his way of coddling the region’s pro-China and pro-Russia Marxist dictatorships, goes against reason. Giammattei’s government is pro-Taiwan, the latest Central American country to reject communist China, and it is also pro-Israel. More importantly, he is pro-American.

Yet at the palace on April 26, Giammattei accused the US ambassador to Guatemala, William Popp, “of meeting with indigenous leaders” to plan to overthrow him. “They want to overthrow my government,” he told the two of us in Spanish, using the unambiguous verb “derrocar.“Giammattei told us that the Biden administration was trying to introduce in Guatemala a version of multiculturalism that the administration and its national allies are pushing in the United States.

>>> With its new president, Chile could take a turn (to the left) for the worse

This is called “Indigenism,” a nationalism that prioritizes tribe over nation-state, much as critical race theory gloats over racial category in the United States. Giammattei told us that he had already decided to ask the United States Agency for International Development to leave. Guatemala because of its promotion of indigenism. A review of USAID programs confirms that the agency has a strong focus on working with Indigenous groups and other left-wing activist groups and nongovernmental organizations who, we also tell business leaders, do little to promote, if not outright interfere with, growth and foreign direct investment. in Guatemala.

While strengthening civil society should be a core pillar of USAID’s work, the agency should not be tasked with funding an activist program. USAID says it wants to “redefine its relationship with the government of Guatemala” by pursuing “substantial partnerships” with stakeholders outside the central government. “They want to do here what they did in Chile,” Giammattei told us, in a clear reference to the Chilean left’s current attempt to change the Chilean Constitution and turn the country into a “plurinational state.”

As many critics of the indigenist movement point out, collective rights are deeply undemocratic. Chilean political analyst Ricardo Israel warns that Chile’s proposed constitution would be “the first postmodern constitution, since it is identity rather than citizenship that will define rights.”

In the case of Guatemala, it would be much more destabilizing. The pluri-nationalists in Chile have been careful to carve out 11 “nationalities”, even though Chile has very few indigenous tribes. Guatemala has 23 authentic groups, each with its own language. Giammattei said the reason the Biden administration, zealously pro-abortion, despises his government is that it is unequivocally pro-life. Giammattei also completed the removal of the highly politicized UN-backed “anti-corruption” commission. “I closed all the spaces left. That’s why they don’t like me.” Allegations of corruption are denied by the president.

Giammattei said, for example, that Popp warned him not to reappoint Consuelo Porras as attorney general. Giammattei ignored the warnings, however, and did so on May 16. The State Department responded the same day saying that Porras had “repeatedly obstructed and undermined anti-corruption investigations in Guatemala.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted Monday evening that “the corrupt acts of Attorney General Porras are undermining democracy in Guatemala”.

If even half of what Giammattei told us is true, however, it’s hard to see how it’s not the Biden administration that’s undermining Guatemalan democracy. Giammattei complains of being harassed by the White House, the State Department and Vice President Kamala Harris. While concerns about corruption in Latin America are real and important for channeling transnational organized crime and strengthening the rule of law, the double standard demonstrated by the Biden administration is disconcerting.

>>> Costa Rica’s president-elect faces an array of challenges and opportunities

The same day it sanctioned Guatemala’s attorney general, the administration lifted sanctions against Nicolas Maduro’s nephew, a former high-ranking regime crony. In other words, the Biden administration seems perfectly willing to attack a democratically elected government and a critical U.S. partner on immigration and security issues under the banner of fighting corruption while giving a financial lifeline. to criminals linked to the dictator of Caracas.

For all of Giammattei’s drawbacks, his government can serve American interests better than those of left-controlled neighbors like Honduras and Nicaragua. Congress should start asking questions, especially why the attorney general and her husband are being disciplined. It should also block future funding for USAID programs that undermine the stability of our allies.

Indeed, surveillance was one of the last things Giammattei mentioned: “I want to come to Washington to brief the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on what’s going on here.”

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Cancellation of Socrates: how the great philosopher sealed his fate with comedy | Theater https://radicalphilosophy.org/cancellation-of-socrates-how-the-great-philosopher-sealed-his-fate-with-comedy-theater/ Thu, 26 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/cancellation-of-socrates-how-the-great-philosopher-sealed-his-fate-with-comedy-theater/

Did Socrates “cancel” himself? At his trial in Athens in 399 BC. J.-C., deliberately incense the jury with an outrageous comic speech to ensure that they sentence him to death?

Socrates was accused of denying the existence of gods and of inventing new ones, and of corrupting youth. In reality, Socrates was deeply religious and it was a tough fight to accuse him of sacrilege. But the powerful had had enough of him. A scruffy 70-year-old man hanging out in public places surrounded by adoring students, teaching that an unexamined life is not worth living but one must learn that one knows nothing, corroded certainties. And certainty was what the city craved.

The uncompromising voice of Socrates in a dangerous time resonates with our own “age of rage”. After Tom Littler, artistic director of the small but mighty theater in Jermyn Street, suggested a play by Socrates, I drafted a scene based on Plato’s dialogue Euthyphro – a hilarious encounter between Socrates and an honest Athenian citizen outside the courts. Socrates came across as mischievous, empathetic and provocative, great fun to write. Then his wife and the mother of their two sons, Xanthippe, and her lover Aspasia, the only powerful woman in Athenian politics we know of, took over the next scene. The play was on.

Socrates never wrote anything, although in prison he composed poems based on Aesop’s fables. Or Plato says he did. And therein lies the problem: the four dialogues we have describing the trial and execution are alive, laced with humor and drama, but they are suspect, distorted by Plato’s worldview. There is another account of Socrates’ speech by Xenophon but it is a boring read and has nothing in common with Plato’s. Plato is effectively our only source.

Euthyphro, Defense of Socrates and Crito are thought to have been written around the time of the execution. A fourth dialogue, Phaedo, is obviously much later: Plato makes Socrates believe in reincarnation, of which there is no trace in the early works – but his extremely moving description of his teacher’s death and his enigmatic last words ring true. So turn the glass from side to side and a very real Socrates emerges.

Athenian democracy in 399 BC. AD was fragile. There had been a brutal coup by oligarchs in 411 BC. AD, which collapsed after a year. There was a second coup when Athens surrendered to Sparta in 404 BC. Democracy was restored but national pride was deeply hurt. The economy was threatened: farms had been burned down by Spartan troops and there were epidemics of plague. People were angry, exhausted and wanted to blame someone – in bad times, chopping down tall poppies was an Athenian sport.

And Socrates was a very big poppy. He was the most famous man in town, but not universally popular. He exercised only one public function, for one day, as President of the Assembly. He used his vote to try to block the execution of six generals as the whole town cried out for their blood, arguing that their trial was illegal. He had a long, passionate relationship with his pupil Alcibiades, a war hero who defected twice, first to Sparta and then to Persia. He was extremely popular with young people, and parents feared he would lead their sons astray.

The 501 jury was probably just there to clip his wings, narrowly convicting him in a first vote. The law allowed Socrates to propose an alternative sentence – exile or a large fine – which the jury would accept and everyone would go home. But he did not ask for exile or a fine; instead, he asked to receive free dinners for life from the state – an honor given to national heroes. Furious, the jurors voted overwhelmingly to uphold the death sentence. Then, in prison, he refused to escape, arguing that fleeing would destroy his reputation, and that he should honor the laws of democracy, even if it was perverted by enemies.

Was he testing the state to destruction by destroying himself? Or was it the culmination of a deep question: does the soul survive death? The relevance of big stories can go far beyond the immediate moment.

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Smaller than a chip, the robot can walk, bend, twist, turn and jump https://radicalphilosophy.org/smaller-than-a-chip-the-robot-can-walk-bend-twist-turn-and-jump/ Wed, 25 May 2022 23:02:06 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/smaller-than-a-chip-the-robot-can-walk-bend-twist-turn-and-jump/ Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest remote-controlled walking robot ever – and it comes in the form of an adorable little peekytoe crab.

At just half a millimeter wide, the tiny crabs can bend, twist, crawl, walk, spin and even jump. The researchers also developed millimeter-sized robots resembling caterpillars, crickets and beetles. Although the research is exploratory at this stage, the researchers believe their technology could bring the field closer to achieving micro-robots that can perform practical tasks in tightly confined spaces.

The research will be published Wednesday, May 25 in the journal Scientific robotics. Last September, the same team demonstrated a winged microchip that was the smallest flying structure ever made by man.

“Robotics is an exciting field of research, and the development of microscale robots is a fun topic for academic exploration,” said John A. Rogers, who led the experimental work. “You could imagine micro-robots as agents for repairing or assembling small structures or machinery in industry or as surgical assistants for clearing clogged arteries, stopping internal bleeding, or removing cancerous tumors – all in minimally invasive procedures.

“Our technology allows for a variety of controlled movement modalities and can walk at an average speed of half its body length per second,” added Yonggang Huang, who led the theoretical work. “It’s very difficult to achieve at such small scales for ground robots.”

A pioneer in bioelectronics, Rogers holds the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurological Surgery at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics (QSIB). Huang is the Jan and Marcia Achenbach Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at McCormick and a key member of QSIB.

Smaller than a chip, the crab is not powered by complex hardware, hydraulics or electricity. Instead, his power resides in the elastic resilience of his body. To build the robot, the researchers used a shape-memory alloy that changes to its “memorized” shape when heated. In this case, the researchers used a scanned laser beam to quickly heat the robot at various targeted locations on its body. A thin layer of glass elastically returns this corresponding part of the structure to its deformed shape upon cooling.

As the robot moves from one phase to another – deformed to the memorized shape and back again – it creates locomotion. Not only does the laser remotely control the robot to activate it, but the scanning direction of the laser also determines the walking direction of the robot. A swipe from left to right, for example, makes the robot move from right to left.

“Because these structures are so tiny, the cooling rate is very fast,” Rogers explained. “In fact, reducing the size of these robots allows them to operate faster.”

To make such a small creature, Rogers and Huang turned to a technique they introduced eight years ago – a pop-up assembly method inspired by a children’s pop-up book.

First, the team fabricated precursors to the walking crab structures in flat and planar geometries. Then they glued these precursors onto a slightly stretched rubber substrate. When the stretched substrate is released, a controlled buckling process occurs which causes the crab to “pop” into precisely defined three-dimensional shapes.

With this manufacturing method, the Northwestern team was able to develop robots of different shapes and sizes. So why a peekytoe crab? We can thank the students of Rogers and Huang for that.

“With these assembly techniques and material concepts, we can build walking robots with almost any size or 3D shape,” Rogers said. “But the students felt inspired and amused by the sideways crawling movements of the tiny crabs. It was a creative quirk.”

Video: https://youtu.be/1IP7jptXjgQ

Source of the story:

Materials provided by Northwestern University. Original written by Amanda Morris. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

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Flimp Communications 2021-2022 Open Enrollment Case Study and Trends Report Shows Digital Postcards Drive Extraordinary Employee Engagement Rates, Averaging 72% https://radicalphilosophy.org/flimp-communications-2021-2022-open-enrollment-case-study-and-trends-report-shows-digital-postcards-drive-extraordinary-employee-engagement-rates-averaging-72/ Wed, 25 May 2022 07:05:29 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/flimp-communications-2021-2022-open-enrollment-case-study-and-trends-report-shows-digital-postcards-drive-extraordinary-employee-engagement-rates-averaging-72/

BOSTON, MA, May 25, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Flimp Communications, the leading full-service provider of digital communications and employee engagement solutions, today announced the results of its enrollment case study open 2021-22 and its report on trends. The report includes open enrollment data collected during the 2021-22 open enrollment season* from 212 campaigns targeting more than 700,000 employees across more than a dozen industries, and showcases the impressive value of digital communications and educational videos offered during the open registration process. Digital postcard campaigns saw average engagement rates of 72%, and when campaigns included a decision support tool, like PLANselect, that number jumped to 77%.

Mobile access has been a key driver this year, with data showing QR code usage more than tripled** and views on mobile devices continued to hold steady at 15%, as employers push communications to reach employees wherever they work. The highest engagement rates by industry were found in the construction vertical at 96%, followed by information technology at 89% and government and municipalities at 84%.

Digital Postcards are a unique offering at Flimp and provide a simple, yet compelling way to deliver benefits information and multimedia content that tracks engagement. These cost-effective “mini-microsite” experiences are built on Flimp’s cloud platform and come with tracking capabilities to measure employee engagement. Digital postcards are particularly attractive for informing employees about the benefits and details of open enrollment. Transmission of OE details to employees is seamless, as Flimp’s digital postcards can be distributed through multiple channels such as email, text, QR code, URL links and embed code.

Highlights of OE’s Engagement Report at a Glance:
–Average engagement rate: 72%
–Average time on content: 3 minutes, 9 seconds
–Total number of campaigns: 212
–Total number of employees targeted: 704,958
– Total actions taken: 569,900 (including video views)
–Average response rate: 1.5 actions per view
–Average mobile views: 15%

Employee engagement rate by sector:
–Building: 96%
–Information Technology: 89%
–Government/Municipality: 84%
–Banking and financial services: 71%
–Education: 70%
–Health: 69% – compared to 54% in 2020
–Leisure, hospitality and tourism: 51%
–Manufacturing: 49%
–Consumer products and distribution: 48%

“With hybrid and remote working becoming the new norm, it’s no surprise that there has been an increase in demand for communication with our digital postcards for OE benefits education to mobile devices,” said said Wayne Wall, CEO and Founder of Flimp Communications. “This year, in particular, we have seen a significant increase in the number of employers using our digital postcards to send targeted benefits messages and videos to employees via SMS and QR code, and we expect that this trend grows even more in 2022 as our customers look for new ways to improve engagement with employees, not just during the open enrollment period, but throughout the year. »

Notable trends in open registration communications include:
–Digital postcards outperform email alone with an average engagement rate of 72%. While email is still a necessary medium of communication, engagement rates increase dramatically when used to distribute digital postcard content. Digital postcards can also be distributed via text, QR codes or web links.
–Video education is here to stay. More than half of the campaigns included in this report used additional educational videos in their OE digital postcards. Videos are the preferred learning method for many employees and allow self-paced training.
–Decision support tools are an important component of OE communications. When campaigns included a decision support tool, average engagement rates jumped to 77%.
–QR codes have made a big comeback. Requests tripled from 2020 and were included in 15% of all OE campaigns (up from 10% in 2020).

Some of the world’s most recognized brands have leveraged Flimp Communications’ solutions for open enrollment in 2021, including the American Diabetes Association, California Pizza Kitchen, New Balance, NPR and United Rentals.

Download Flimp Communications’ 2021-22 Open Enrollment Trends Report and Case Study here: https://www.flimp.net/2021-22-Open-Enrollment-Report-Industry-Benchmarks-Takeaways -Best-Practices

For more information or to register for a communication strategy session prior to open registration, visit: https://www.flimp.net/contact.

About Flipp Communications
Flimp Communications is a leader in HR, benefits and employee communications. Through its powerful and customizable Flimp 360 solution, the company provides virtual communication solutions including software, business intelligence tools, SMS and interactive digital content to employers, HR consultants, insurance companies and service providers. health care. With offices in Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Vero Beach, FL, and Burlington, VT, Flimp works with more than 750 corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies. The award-winning employee communications platform enables users create, distribute and track interactive video and branded multimedia content without any programming or IT resources for corporate, internal and employee communications. For more information, visit: www.flimp.net.


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Can the second-year quarterback make the jump? https://radicalphilosophy.org/can-the-second-year-quarterback-make-the-jump/ Tue, 24 May 2022 23:01:45 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/can-the-second-year-quarterback-make-the-jump/

March 5, 2021; Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond attends the House of Athlete Scouting Combine for athletes preparing to compete in the 2021 NFL Draft at Inter Miami Stadium Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings are deepening their OTAs. It’s the time of year when the players learn the new scheme and the coaches learn what the players are good at. Essentially, it’s a time of exploration to see who has it and who doesn’t.

One of the biggest questions many fans have is, where is the development of Kellen Mond? This is a crucial question. Many fans have been ready to leave Kirk Cousins ​​since he signed his fully guaranteed contract in 2018.

This makes Kellen Mond’s development all the more critical. From this point on, he is the only ray of hope that the Kirk Cousins ​​era is coming to an end. However, that only happens if Mond improves, and he needs to improve… a ground.

Fortunately, the new offensive coaching staff is more keen to work with the youngster than Mike Zimmer. There was a theory that Zimmer hated rookies. This theory almost implies that he sabotaged the development of players like Mond.

While that’s a pretty crazy theory, it’s not far off. Although Zimmer wanted to put the team in the best position to win, and if that meant not throwing a guy like Mond, then that’s what he was going to do. But now Mond has Kevin O’Connell and Wes Phillips on his side, and it’s time to get to work.

What does Kellen Mond need to improve the most?

August 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to developing any quarterback in the NFL, the first thing they need to do is adapt to the speed of the NFL. Additionally, throwing time becomes shorter, windows for throwing the ball get tighter, and defensive patterns become harder to read.

In college, a quarterback will have 3 to 4 seconds to throw the ball. Well, in the NFL, it’s going to get tighter. An NFL quarterback will need to read and throw the ball in about 2.5 seconds. It’s incredibly fast.

Kellen Mond
August 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley – USA TODAY Sports

Last year during pre-season we saw Mond play. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to get the readings fast enough or the correct reading. This could be solved by simplified play calls. However, the cast time is still lightning fast. He will have to make significant improvements here.

However, Mond’s biggest weakness is his accuracy. He has all the arm strength you want in a quarterback, but he doesn’t hit his target as well as you’d hope. It’s a critical issue, primarily because NFL windows are so small.

On the bright side, Wes Phillips was quick to praise him during OTAs, as Chris Tomasson reported:

This should be music to everyone’s ears. Hopefully Mond improves enough to earn the backup role. Maybe he’s even improving to the point that the Vikings feel comfortable leaving Cousins ​​sooner rather than later.

However, being sharp in drills is very different from being sharp in the game. Only time will tell if Mond can improve enough. We should learn a lot more once pre-season kicks off.


Mitch Massman has been a lifelong Vikings fan. His first heartbreak was the 1998 NFC Championship Game. His full-time job is as an economic development professional in rural Minnesota. He fantasizes about the Vikings winning a Super Bowl one day, but until then he will write about the Vikings. Follow him on Twitter @skol_vikings3

The infamous Vikings lineman can actually start for the Bears

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Implicit attitudes, science and philosophy (guest post) https://radicalphilosophy.org/implicit-attitudes-science-and-philosophy-guest-post/ Tue, 24 May 2022 14:03:26 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/implicit-attitudes-science-and-philosophy-guest-post/

“Philosophers, myself included, have for decades been too gullible to science, misled by the marketing of scientists, and ignorant of the inevitable uncertainties that plague the scientific process…”

The following is a guest article* by Edouard Machery, professor emeritus in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the university’s Center for the Philosophy of Science. This is the first in a series of weekly guest posts by various authors on Daily Us this summer.


[Anni Albers, “Intersection” (detail)]

Implicit attitudes, science and philosophy
by Edouard Machery

How can we be responsible and informed consumers of science, especially when it gives us morally and politically pleasing narratives? The fascination of philosophers for the psychology of attitudes is an object lesson.

Some of the most exciting philosophies of 21st century was made with an eye on philosophically significant developments in science. Social psychology has been a reliable source of ideas: consider only how much ink has been spilled on situationism and virtue ethics or on Greene’s dual-process model of moral judgment and deontology.

That people can have, at the same time, perhaps without realizing it, two distinct and perhaps opposite attitudes towards the same object (a brand like Apple, an abstract idea like capitalism, an individual like Obama or a group like the elderly or women philosophers) is one of the most remarkable ideas to come out of social psychology: in addition to the attitude that we can point out (usually called “explicit”), people may harbor an unconscious attitude that automatically influences behavior (their “implicit” attitude)—or so we’ve been told. We’ve all become familiar with (and maybe now we’ve all had enough of) well-meaning liberals who unknowingly harbor negative attitudes toward one minority or another: women or African-Americans, for example. .

While it was first discussed in the late 2000s – Tamar Gendler discussed the implicit association test in her articles on aliefs and Dan Kelly, Luc Faucher and I discussed how attitudes implicit influences on issues in the philosophy of race – this idea has crystallized as an important philosophical theme throughout the lecture series Implicit bias and philosophy, hosted by Jennifer Saul in the early 2010s in Sheffield. This lecture series resulted in two groundbreaking volumes edited by Michael Brownstein and Jennifer Saul (Implicit Bias and Philosophy, Volumes 1 and 2, Oxford University Press). At that time, the fascination of philosophers with implicit attitudes was in step with the obsession with the subject in society at large: implicit attitudes were discussed in dozens of articles and open-eds in the New York Times, then President Obama, and by Hilary Clinton during her presidential campaign. Deans and provosts, well-paid consultants on “debiasing” and journalists have taught us to be on the lookout for our unconscious biases.

Most notable is the range of areas of philosophy that have engaged with implicit attitudes. Here is a small sample:

  • moral philosophy: Can people be held responsible for their implicit attitudes?
  • Social and political philosophy: Should social inequalities be explained by structural/social or psychological factors?
  • Metaphysics of the mind: What kind of things are attitudes? How to think about beliefs in the light of implicit attitudes?
  • Philosophy of cognitive science: Are implicit attitudes propositional or associative?
  • Epistemology: How should implicit biases impact our confidence in our own abilities?

The social psychology of attitudes implicit in philosophy had another kind of impact as well: it provided an immediate explanation for the embarrassing underrepresentation of women and the persistent inequalities between male and female philosophers. Jennifer Saul has published a series of important articles on this topic, including “Ranking Exercises in Philosophy and Implicit Bias” in 2012 and “Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat, and Women in Philosophy” in 2013. In the first article, after summarizing ” what we to know about implicit biases” (emphasis mine), Saul concluded his discussion of the Philosophical Gourmet Report as following:

There is plenty of room for implicit biases to negatively affect the rankings of entire domains and departments. However, it seems to me that this concern is much more acute in the case of entire departmental rankings. With that in mind, I offer what is sure to be a controversial suggestion: drop the part of the Gourmet Report that asks graders to rate entire departments.

The British Philosophical Association was receptive to the idea of ​​explaining gender inequalities in philosophy by means of implicit biases, and to this day implicit attitudes are mentioned on its website. Of course, in doing so, the philosophers were simply following broader social trends in English-speaking countries.

With hindsight, it is difficult not to find this enthusiasm disconcerting as the shortcomings of scientific research on implicit attitudes have become glaring. In “Anomalies in Implicit Attitudes Research”, recently published in WIRE Cognitive SciencesI have identified four fundamental gaps, which remain unaddressed after nearly 25 years of research:

  • It is not yet clear whether the indirect measurement of attitudes (via, for example, the IAT) and their direct measurement different things; in fact, it seems increasingly doubtful that we need to postulate implicit attitudes in addition to explicit attitudes.
  • The indirect measurement of attitudes predicts the behavior of individuals very poorly, and we do not know under what conditions their predictive power can be improved.
  • Indirect measures of attitudes are temporally unstable.
  • There is no evidence that, anyway, indirect measures of attitudes occur to measure causal impact behavior.

These four shortcomings should lead us to question whether the concept of indirect attitudes means anything (or, as psychologists or philosophers of science say, to question its construct validity). To my surprise, leading researchers in this field, such as psychologist Bertram Gawronski and philosophers Michael Brownstein and Alex Madva agree with the thrust of my discussion (see “Anomalies in Implicit Attitudes Research: Not so Easy Dismissed”): indirect measures of attitudes do not measure stable traits that predict the behavior of individuals.

It therefore appears that many of the beliefs that have driven the philosophical discussion of implicit attitudes are either erroneous or scientifically uncertain – why worry about how to limit the influence of implicit attitudes in philosophy when they might not have any no influence on anything? – and that philosophers have been far too quick to reify measures (indirect measures of attitudes) into psychological entities (implicit attitudes).

Hindsight is of course 20/20, and it would be misguided to blame philosophers (including myself) for taking science-in-the-making seriously. On the other hand, philosophers have not even listened let alone given a fair ear to dissenting voices challenging the relentless hype of cheerleaders with implicit attitudes. The lesson is not limited to implicit attitudes: the neuroscience of meditation, the neuroscience of oxytocin, the so-called molecule of love, experimental research on epigenetics in humans, and research on the interaction gene x environment in human genetics also come to mind.

Philosophers, myself included, have for decades been too gullible to science, misled by the marketing of scientists and ignoring the inevitable uncertainties that affect the scientific process: the frontier of science is filled with non-replicable results, she is plagued by hype and hype (COVID researchers, I’m looking at you!), and her journey is shaped by deep-rooted cognitive and motivational biases. In fact, we need to be especially mindful of the uncertainty of science when it seems to provide a simple explanation and promise a simple solution to moral, social, and political ills we find repugnant, such as the underrepresentation of women in philosophy. and elsewhere and persistent racial inequalities in society at large.

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Khansaheb Facilities Management Introduces Virtual Reality Into HSE Training https://radicalphilosophy.org/khansaheb-facilities-management-introduces-virtual-reality-into-hse-training/ Tue, 24 May 2022 05:40:03 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/khansaheb-facilities-management-introduces-virtual-reality-into-hse-training/

The latest technological advancements in health and safety training are embraced by Khansaheb Facilities Management in the form of Virtual Reality (VR). The company uses virtual reality to deliver high-risk, interactive training such as electrical safety, working at heights, confined spaces, and manual handling using real-life situations experienced by employees on virtual reality headsets.

Virtual reality is well suited for health and safety training, with academic research demonstrating better retention of critical safety knowledge when learned interactively through virtual reality. The increase in knowledge retention in turn has a significant impact on workplace safety.

The advantage of virtual reality is that it is not a real situation where possible injury could result. Instead, any wrong action can be handled safely and proactively. Virtual Reality is not a standalone skill module, but is introduced by Khansaheb Facilities Management as part of a blended learning approach.

This approach includes theoretical and experiential components. The theoretical components are the bespoke IOSH Supervising Safely course for supervisors and the KFM Working Safely course for frontline officers designed to impart the necessary knowledge, on which learners are then assessed. This is followed by a VR experiential component using headsets. Learners simply log into the platform configured on the headset and receive training as if they were in a real work environment.

The training software records all actions and decisions taken by the learner while in the virtual scenario and provides real-time feedback. Analytics will clearly identify if errors are repeated or if similar risks are identified. This could most certainly bring out another training need. For example, if a working at height environment is simulated and people are found to be making the same mistakes, the hazards or risks can be identified and appropriate training suggested to remedy the problem. It may even be that only a refresher course as opposed to more intensive retraining is needed.

Speaking on the initiative, Managing Director Oliver Sawle said: “Health and safety is of paramount importance to us at Khansaheb. Virtual reality interactive training makes for a very comfortable environment where employees are not afraid to make mistakes, which enhances learning. We are excited to embrace this new technology and look forward to training our staff to provide the highest level of security to our employees, customers and end users.

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STARS project to boost the education system of deputies https://radicalphilosophy.org/stars-project-to-boost-the-education-system-of-deputies/ Mon, 23 May 2022 14:42:56 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/stars-project-to-boost-the-education-system-of-deputies/

Indore (Madhya Pradesh)

Starting with Indore and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh is poised to strengthen its education system under the World Bank’s STARS project.

MP is one of six states selected for the program.

The Ministry of Education’s Strengthening Teaching, Learning and Outcomes for States (STARS) project was signed between the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and the World Bank, along with the Ministry of Education.

The Rs 5,718 crore project will receive financial support from the World Bank in the amount of US$500 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) and the rest from participating states over a period of 5 years.

District education officer Manglesh Vyas had a meeting with the state education center for the implementation of the project on Monday.

“The project will help improve assessment systems, facilitate school-to-work transition, strengthen classroom teaching and remediation, decentralize management and strengthen governance, he said.

Vyas shared that the project aims to improve comprehensive monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system through interventions in selected states. “STARS will build on the existing structure under Samagra Shiksha,” he said.

“A State Incentive Grant (SIG) will be used to encourage states to achieve desired project outcomes,” Vyas said, adding that an Independent Verification Agency (IVA) will verify each outcome before funds are disbursed. “Vyas said.

//Scaling up girls’ education campaign

The educational need of girls and marginalized groups is another objective of this project. “This being a major goal aligned with the state goal, we will carry out more activities to ensure that every girl in our district and state attends schools, including organizing campaigns in rural areas,” Vyas said.

He added that several campaigns and educational programs are planned for teachers and other faculties to reach out to these ignored groups and especially girls.

//Teacher training is key

“One of the main challenges facing the education system is teaching skills, because we can manage infrastructure and everything with funds, but good teachers are the roots of an education system,” Vyas said. . He added that teachers must be qualified to educate a child. The environment is important, but not as much as learning and teaching.

“We have already started teacher assessment and it has clearly shown good results, so a lot more work on teacher training will be undertaken in the coming years,” Vyas said.

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HUDSON | Critical Race Theory vs Replacement Theory | Opinion https://radicalphilosophy.org/hudson-critical-race-theory-vs-replacement-theory-opinion/ Mon, 23 May 2022 06:45:00 +0000 https://radicalphilosophy.org/hudson-critical-race-theory-vs-replacement-theory-opinion/






Miller Hudson


Replacement is not so much a theory as a demographic fact but not in the way it is discussed on the right. We don’t know what Neanderthals had to say about the scruffy little humans that drove them to extinction. Raiders, immigrants and other wanderers have been replacing native populations for tens of thousands of years. Darwinian selection as the driving force of evolution has generally been referred to as “selection of the fittest”. The idea that we survivors of life’s competition represent nature’s best work surely plays into our vanity.

Yet what if Darwin had actually backtracked and evolution was working on the principle of weeding out the least fit among us? Perhaps survival isn’t so much a victory as a Hobbesian struggle to maintain a safe distance from the drain at the bottom of the gene pool. The North Carolina Republicans’ decision to throw Madison Cawthorn overboard surely offers hope that a similar fate could await Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, whose lack of fitness is readily assessed.

Colorado history is not without its own alternate dramas. The pioneers we honor were a brutal bunch, more than willing to slaughter any tribal people who thought our plains and mountains were theirs. They were moved with a ferocity that must have looked like a coordinated assault. A national poll indicates that 60% of Republicans believe there is a plan, led by an elite (often presumed Jewish) cabal, to replace the white race with immigrants and people of color. This theory suffers from several very serious logical flaws. It is fair to ask who is likely to be replaced?

Pew points out that most American Jews consider themselves white, and an even larger majority of African Americans have much deeper roots in this country’s history than the white people who fear them. This disconnect leaves us suspecting that white racism lurks as a motive. Dylan Roof in Charleston and now Payton Gendron in Buffalo have confessed they hope to start a race war. To what end?

There is not the slightest evidence that black Americans have any desire to replace white Americans. They think it’s important to remember that they came here against their will and were then enslaved. They would also prefer to be treated equally, as required by the Constitution, both economically and before the law. Critical Race Theory is a theory that happens to be true.

The replacement theory, on the other hand, is a fantasy born out of fear – false fears that immigrants, resident minorities and feminists will band together in a stealth campaign to grant themselves more rights than whites. There are real crises to worry about in the 21st century. Whether by design or through systemic contradictions, capitalism has funneled virtually all of its profits to a handful of the wealthiest Americans. Climate change threatens to literally burn down our house, as Coloradoans know all too well. Partisan gridlock has brought government to a standstill in Washington, and for the first time in our country’s experience, future generations may well be poorer than their parents. Health care is a waste and higher education prohibitively expensive.

A recent global poll found that three-quarters of young people think their future is scary, with 56% agreeing they think humanity is doomed. The Great Replacement Theory is part of a movement that dates back two hundred years of American political life. It has a long history which previously focused its anger on Catholics, Irish, Italians, Jews and Asians. This fanaticism rejects the promise of the melting pot, of Americanism as the identity assumed by all immigrants, whatever their origin. It ignores the indisputable reality that “Americans by choice” come here because they cherish the economic opportunities and personal freedoms available to them, often escaping the horrors or injustices imposed at home.

White nationalists know this. They recognize that most new Americans succeed because they work harder to become better citizens than many of us who were born here. Therefore, critics blatantly lie about immigrants. US Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana is sponsoring a resolution demanding President Biden launch an attack on violent crime with a particular focus on immigrant criminals. Even the Libertarian Cato Institute has rejected such attacks, pointing out that our immigrants commit far fewer crimes than the general American population. No sane immigrant is willing to risk his good fortune by reaching our shores.

Current attempts to restrict access to abortion and contraception are seen as a method to coerce white women into producing more white babies – to forcibly breed with dark-skinned mothers and resist the great replacement . It is a program that will be rejected if we remain a democracy. It could only be enforced by violence. Twenty percent of Americans say they agree with this. To be concerned.

Miller Hudson is a public affairs consultant and former Colorado legislator.

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