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Caution: Content Warnings Do Not Reduce Distress, Study Shows – Association for Psychological Science – APS
Warnings increase anticipatory anxiety. Warnings did not influence emotional reactions to content. Warnings do not increase avoidance. Across five studies, participants viewed troubling content at about the same rate regardless of whether or not they received a trigger warning.
(tags: psychology trigger)

Three social failure modes – Shadow One-boxing
Social failure modes insight porn. Bonus points for mentioning C.S. Lewis.
(tags: communication fail social c.s.-lewis)
Few lesser known tricks, quirks and features of C
I knew quite a few of these but the named function arguments one was new.
(tags: learning programming C)
Kid Lit – Futility Closet
French poems to read aloud.
(tags: funny poetry)

Martyn Brunt 💙 on Twitter: “15 minute cities – a thread down memory lane 🧵 This was my parents house, in a suburb of Coventry. They bought it in 1965, and it was my home throughout the 1970s and half the 80s. My mum lived there until 2021. It was a
Apparently the “15 minute city” concept is now seen as an evil conspiracy, if you’re a bit of a loon along the “WEF plans to kill us all with mRNA” line. In a wistful thread, this guy remembers his childhood in one.
(tags: traffic planning cycling city)

“Woke” is a new ideology and its proponents should admit it
“What I find most fascinating about the wokeness culture war – and what makes it interesting – is that it is incredibly difficult to define what it is actually about.” I largely agree with this piece: it’s a new-ish thing (although not that new, it was around in LiveJournal days before catching on more widely) and it’s fair enough to identify it and give it a name.
(tags: liberalism woke Politics philosophy)

Liam Kofi Bright, White Psychodrama – PhilPapers
“I analyse the political, economic, and cultural circumstances that have given rise to persistent political disputes about race (known colloquially as “the culture war”) among a subset of Americans. I argue that they point to a deep tension between widely held normative aspirations and pervasive and readily observable material facts about our society. The characterological pathologies this gives rise to are discussed, and a normatively preferable path forward for an individual attempting to reconcile themselves to the current social order is suggested.”
(tags: race philosophy politics culture)