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On this episode of the Fluidity :

"Fixation & Denial" - Fixation and denial are the two simplest ways of refusing to deal with the nebulosity of meaningness.

"Confused Stances Come In Pairs" - Wrong ideas about meaning come in mirror-image pairs, which fixate and deny opposite aspects of reality.

"No Middle Way" - Polarized pairs of confused stances cannot be resolved by compromise. There is no middle way between them.

BookWyrm is a Fediverse alternative to GoodReads, which is currently in closed beta testing.

You can add your name to the waiting list for beta test invitations by going to the flagship instance at:

#FediTips #BookWyrm #GoodReads #Alternatives #BetaTesting #Fediverse #ActivityPub

Here's the Washtenaw County HD screening & signup form:

//cc: @Ohbejuan

On this episode of the Fluidity , "Nebulosity And Pattern."

Meaningness is cloud-like: nebulous. It is real, but impossible to completely pin down.

Brains automatically find meaning and pattern; we need them to act. Unfortunately, brains also find meaning and pattern where there are none.

:boost_ok: :ablobcatwave: Please boost this post if you would like the EFF to join the fediverse. :ablobcatbongo:

In a survey the EFF sent me, I suggested they create an account on the fediverse, so they can reach more supporters and support innovative free software that promotes interoperability among platforms, something they've advocated for in the past, too.

If you can boost this post, maybe I'll be able to show them that there are quite a few users who would like them here!

The EFF is the infamous nonprofit organisation that fights for privacy, government transparency, and digital freedom. Their fight is very important, and the EFF is very special to me.

You can see some of their work here

In the meantime, you can follow @eff, which is an unofficial mirror of their Twitter.

On this episode of the Fluidity : Stances Trump Systems, And Stances Are Unstable

People think they approach meaning in terms of religions or philosophies, but in practice, "stances" matter more.

That's how pioneering presses like First Second were able to attain liftoff: by cherry-picking these incredible marvels of the non-English comics world and bringing them to the Anglosphere in translation.

And it's what Magnetic Press, the publisher of STREAMLINER, is doing here. The American comics renaissance is just the tip of the iceberg: the rest of the world is doing stuff with comics that'll knock your socks off, and this is a great place to start.


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Today, we have *unregulated* markets that are anything but free. Sure, the ferryman is free to buy out the bridge company and shut it down, and force all the other ferry services out of business and then charge merchants 30% vig to reach the market.

But the "free market"? It's nowhere to be found.


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On this episode of the Fluidity : "Misunderstanding Meaningness Makes Many Miserable"

Mistaken attitudes toward meaning create unnecessary psychological/spiritual/existential suffering.

On this episode of the Fluidity : "What Is Meaningness?"

Meaningness is the quality of being meaningful or meaningless.

On this episode of the Fluidity : Eternalism and Nihilism.

Two stances that don't work: “Everything has a definite meaning” and “Nothing means anything.”

The first episode of my new podcast, "Fluidity". We take problems of meaning-making, typically considered spiritual, and turn them into practical problems, which are more tractable.

On this episode, an appetizer. Purpose.

This is the final episode of the UNSONG for the foreseeable future. I have begun my new audiobook podcast, "Fluidity", in which I am narrating the non-fiction book "Meaningness", by David Chapman.

Scott Alexander is the author of "The Girl Who Poked God With A Stick", but unlike the other short stories on this podcast, he never posted this one to his Slate Star Codex blog.


Fan theory: Mandalorian's Cara Dune 

My fan theory is that in Season 3 of The Mandalorian, Cara Dune starts wearing a helmet at all times, and changes her name to "Phasma".

A new episode of my , the short story "Samsara".

“Please,” said the acolyte. Before I could say no he’d jammed a wad of $100 bills into my hand. “If this will buy a few moments of your time.”

Surely they didn’t have enough money to do this for everybody!

“There is no everybody. You’re the last one. The last unenlightened person in the world.”

This is a short story narrated by Matt Arnold with the permission of the author, Scott Alexander.

A new episode of my , the short story "Sort By Controversial".

"Reddit has a feature where you can sort posts by controversial. Controversy sells, so we trained our network to predict this... The Japanese tested their bioweapons on Chinese prisoners. We were either nicer or dumber than they were, because we tested Shiri’s Scissor on ourselves."

This is a short story narrated by Matt Arnold with the permission of the author, Scott Alexander.

A short animated comedy film about God using universe-simulation software.

By Tumblehead Animation Studio.

Au lieu d’en présenter les paroles, le livret de mon prochain disque contiendra une #fable inédite de mon cru intitulée "Fonn-sìth". Il s’agit d’une histoire lunaire sur le thème de la #musique féerique mettant en scène un #kelpie.

A new episode of my , the short story "In The Balance".

"When you first take the Artifact, you will see a vision of ALPHANION, Demon-Sultan of the Domain of Order, who appears as a grid of spheres connected by luminous lines. Alphanion will urge you to use the Artifact to enforce cosmic order, law at its most fundamental."

This is a short story narrated by Matt Arnold with the permission of the author, Scott Alexander.

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A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Convention info: