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On this blog I am very critical of what I see as a hegemonic view of intellectual freedom, a view which arises out of a mainly unquestioned liberal perspective. My main criticism is that this view employs an abstract value - “freedom” - divorced from social, political, and material realities...

These books seemed to be about a life he had never encountered - a life where there were no barracks, no strict-regime camps, no brigade leaders, no armed guards, no security officers, no systems of internal passports, and none of the sufferings, anxieties, and passions that made up the lives...

Two of the major touchstones for discussions of algorithmic bias in librarianship are Matthew Reidsma’s 2016 article “ALGORITHMIC BIAS IN LIBRARY DISCOVERY SYSTEMS” and Safiya Noble’s Algorithm’s of Oppression from 2018. Both of these pieces discuss the encoding of particular social values within ostensibly “neutral” algorithms. Earlier this year, when...

In Descartes, as in the ‘new science,’ once it has separated itself from the spurious elements of philosophical development, the trust in method attaind an almost mythical status and takes on a Promethean force, defining itself - along with its commitment to scientific verification - as a sort of heroic,...

Having heard the Beethoven, we hear Ives differently, and having heard the Ives, we hear Beethoven differently. We carry the discourse around in our heads. We can no more ignore it - can no more listen ‘innocently’ - than we can follow the ancient recipe for turning lead into gold…...