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From today’s exhibit

First pic: dzhokhar with his math teacher and a friend Second pic: From defense evidence: An undated photo of the #Tsarnaev family visiting Washington State Third pic: From defense evidence: An undated photo of Tamerlan #Tsarnaev and his mom Forth pic: Tamerlan with Ailina’s ex husband, who also testified today.
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Scenes of evidence presented at the Leopold and Loeb murder trial during the summer of 1924. Top: A medical expert reviews an X-ray of one of the defendants. Above: The typewriter allegedly used to write the ransom note. Photographs by the Chicago Daily News, Inc.

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There is no “proof” here.

I post evidence, and I post informed interpretations of that evidence. I have my own interpretations as well, and I invite people to add theirs.

Since we seem to be at this point again, I wanted to reiterate that I do not “prove” things in the sense that people generally mean. This is also why I am not in the business of convincing the belligerently unconvinced. I am not emotionally invested in hand-holding people who believe I have photoshopped thousands of artworks to appear to support what I say (yes, that is a thing* ), for the same reason I am not emotionally invested in convincing people who go around saying “Evolution is only a THEORY!” that they are mistaken. I fail to see how that is my problem.

What I’m talking about in the above tweets and in this post are more or less the same thing; what frustrates me is that the lack of interdisciplinary cooperation leaves massive lacunas in our body of information regarding the topics covered at medievalpoc. In other words, science (usually) understands that “proof” is not a thing; unfortunately, many people in history and art history did not get the memo.

And in this din of miscommunication, people shove things where they don’t belong: assumptions that the race of people in ancient history can be “proven” with DNA testing, the misappropriation of Classical Demography to support entirely modern notions about human history, and laid over it all, the relentless assumption that history is a ubiquitous and temporal progress of humankind from “Worse” to “Better”.

We are not objective. That is just not how people work. And we’ve known this for decades; centuries; millennia. The pretense that we can somehow remove ourselves from our observations and find a universal and inhuman truth in them is a rather poisonous ideal that leads us ultimately to betray the truths we CAN know.

Injustice occurs when information is destroyed or purposely withheld from people in order to oppress them. To take something away from them, to cause them to be disenfranchised, to excuse terrible violence done to them.  To make them seem less than human. And that is the reality of what has been done and is still being done to people of color. Histories, cultures, lineages, physical documents and works of art are suppressed, ignored, misrepresented, painted over, or completely destroyed in order to support the fictions of white supremacy.

People being so caught up in their own perspectives that they universalize these experiences is the reason I get so many messages that question why this project exists, because “everyone already knows [whatever]” , and the same amount of messages positing that every single thing here is some sort of elaborate ruse perpetrated for nefarious reasons.

What is touted as “objectivity” is nothing more than individuals projecting their own experiences, values, constructs of “self” and “other”, perspectives and opinions on everyone else. What we learn of logic, reason, philosophy, is often nothing more than the same ten white men who died centuries ago, and hold it up as the One True Way of understanding ourselves and the world. We teach the aesthetics of Immanuel Kant as if they come unfiltered through his perspective from some universal authority, and yet we completely ignore how they were shaped by his racism. there are countless examples, but over it all is the same internal illogic that ignores its own hypocrisy.

That is where we are at right now, and that is the point I am starting from. Claiming I am unaffected by these truths or that I am somehow outside of my own society or culture would be a lie. Each individual comes to the table of evidence with their own baggage, their own culture, their own individuality. Pretending that we don’t is much like pretending that these inequalities don’t exist; they do, and until we correct them, they will remain uncorrected.

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* Mostly espoused by people who do not seem to understand that I post photographs of artwork, and that multiple photographs of the same artwork can look different. The original paintings or drawing themselves are not actually embedded somehow in your computer. My apologies if this comes as a shock.

anonymous asked:

this isn't hate or me trying to be clever, i'm genuinely asking - when it comes to the tattoos, are you just guessing that they match/compliment each other or do you actually believe they do? i see it mentioned a lot but i don't understand how we can know for sure why they got any of their tattoos or even why two teenagers would get so many couples tattoos. some larry things make sense but i just don't get the tattoo stuff

If I met two people in my real life who spent a lot of time together, looked at each other lovingly, and made sexual innuendos at each other, and one had an anatomical heart tattoo and the other had a realistic arrow tattoo in a corresponding size, I would assume they probably were in a committed relationship. If I found out that they also had a ship and compass done by the same tattoo artist less than 24 hours apart, an anchor and rope, and a rose and dagger (on roughly the same spot on the same arm, no less), I wouldn’t even question it.

Of course we can’t “know for sure.” But we can make inferences based on behavior, and those inferences can be so strong that we can be confident they’re correct, even without having actual knowledge of the situation.

If nothing is falling from the sky when I go to sleep, but there are six inches of icy white stuff on the ground when I wake up, I’m going to infer that it snowed over night, even if I never saw any of the snow falling from the sky myself. Because there’s evidence that allows (requires!) me to make that inference.

Harry and Louis’s behavior, including the tattoos, is basically as clear to me as that snow on the ground.

Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence -­- evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded. It doesn’t get offended when new facts come along. It embraces the body of knowledge. It doesn’t hold on to medieval practices because they are tradition.
—  Ricky Gervais

Given the low standard of evidence accepted by most atheists, it’s strange the religious people don’t try providing some.

And yet, all we get is pseudo-cosmological arguments which demonstrate a lack of understanding of cosmology, or pained philosophical gibberish that was comprehensively demolished three centuries ago.