A new study by an independent journalism auditor estimates that nearly fifty percent of Medium’s content is produced through automation.

Ever wonder why when you open up your Medium newsfeed and begin scrolling it often looks like the same 2–3 articles written over and over again? Well if you have, that is because they just might be.

A recent study used an algorithm detector to see if Medium authors were authentic individuals, or programs designed to spew out the same message over and over with only slight variations. The results suggest that this is most likely the case.

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Identity deference is the same old prejudices repackaged as virtues.

I am a straight white male. I acknowledge that historically non-straight, non-male and non-white persons have been screwed over by some straight white males. But I didn’t do it. And the aforementioned screwing probably didn’t happen to you. We’re all good, you and me.

And just as I acknowledge that it was absolutely wrong for the straight white guys to force everyone else to defer to them based on their identity, I am equally adamant that is just as wrong when reversed.

I will defer to no-one. If you want…

Examining the fundamental issue of claims of determinism.

Daphne tells her friends that there is no free will, and everything we think and do is determined by the structure and chemical content of our brains.

“Even the sense of self is an illusion determined by brain activity,” she tells her companions.

So if all of Daphne’s thoughts and actions, and even her identity, are determined by a lump of metabolizing meat which is lodged inside the skull cabinet — then it follows that her belief that determinism is true is also just a product of her brain activity.

Therefore she cannot claim that her assertion arises from her…

Popular ideas, positions and beliefs are regressive and obsolete by the time they are accepted by the masses.

When I talk about majority ideology, I am not just talking about the most popular or accepted belief, but all of the competing beliefs at the top of the social narrative food chain. Since you probably think this is a political statement, though it is only partially directed at that subject, let me use that as an example. Not only does anyone who qualified to get their name on a ballot (as well as their voters) count as a majority, anyone still who still believes in that entire political structure counts as majority opinion, even if they voted for their…

How realists, ie: materialists, physicalists, objectivists and positivists, have dug in so far they are now virtually identical to new age silliness.

A recent paper from molecular geneticist Johnjoe McFadden has been making the rounds in ‘science media’. The paper is called:

Integrating information in the brain’s EM field: the cemi field theory of consciousness

It has spawned headlines like:

Consciousness is Brain’s Information-Rich Energy Field, Remarkable New Theory Says

Essentially McFadden’s theory states that brain activity emits an electro-magnetic field, and it is this field which we experience as consciousness. Or put more simply, consciousness is an energy halo…

A new wave of racial fetishism and deterministic thinking threatens to recreate conditions in which bigotry thrives.

There are roughly seven trillion articles on Medium about how wrong it is to say things like, “I don’t see color, just people.” These articles are full of anger, outrage and awkward suggestions. I call bullshit.

I am certainly not colorblind, and nobody else is, either. Racial perceptions still influence our thoughts and behaviors, but the goal is to eradicate the cognitive habits of letting our thoughts and actions be led with skin color, is it not? Just as race should not negatively…

A de-objectification of concerns about too many humans.

Last year filmmaker Michael Moore enraged a large portion of his regular audience with a film about climate change that concluded that the problem is insoluble so long as there are so many human beings who rely upon advanced technology and the resources needed to create, distribute and fuel them. Moore’s critics and fans both responded with outrage and called in their own cherry-picked experts to challenge the claims made in his film — Planet of the Humans. …

Thoughts from a police abolitionist in the wake of George Floyd’s heinous murder by law enforcement thugs.

There are a few things I need tell you right up front. First of all, I have been a police critic and activist for years. I was once editor and chief contributor of a major police criticism organization. For years almost every waking hour was consumed by studying these issues and tracking police abuse. I organized and attended protests and filmed police on the streets and at major events. I am not bragging here. I just want it to be clear that I…

Straightforward advice on how to thrive as a Medium contributor, or as a writer anywhere else in today’s media environment.

Know Your Audience

Prospering as a public wordsmith is astonishingly easy if you cater your message to a pre-selected audience. Knowing who you will be writing for will help you overcome the uncertainty of original ideas, and allow you to focus on affirming what people already agree with. Telling people exactly what they want to hear is a surefire method of creating consensus for your written message. …

How to escape the scrutiny of the #MeToo movement by being too popular to fail.

The employers of Neil deGrasse Tyson, which include Hayden Planetarium, FOX and the Koch Brothers, have concluded their investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse made by three women. The findings of that investigation remain shrouded in secrecy, and SURPRISE, the Pat Robertson of televised pop science gets to keep his gigs.

So far I have heard no outcry from the #MeToo movement, and even outlets like Jezebel are only reporting the outcome, with no hint of skepticism that a secret internal investigation may not…

Joshua Scott Hotchkin

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