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Roberta L. Millstein
Davis, CA
I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis; my research is in the philosophy of science, the history & philosophy of biology, and environmental ethics. I serve on the Open Space & Habitat Commission for the City of Davis. The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent my employer’s views in any way. Nothing posted here should be considered official or sanctioned by my employer or any other organization I’m affiliated with.
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That's an interesting hypothesis, Ross, but David Greenwald, the Vanguard's site owner, has said explicitly that the links were removed because he sees us as competition. The screenshot is the link that I give in the comment right above yours, or, you could go to the Vanguard's post, which I like to at the bottom my post above. Here is the text to save you the trouble: Ron March 15, 2018 at 12:27 pm What happened to the link to, where the above reference can be located? References are allowed on the Vanguard, if there’s an appropriate text reference included. Commenters do this on a routine basis. Please put the link back. It reflects poorly on the Vanguard, to delete it. Keith O March 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm Maybe the problem is that’s the competition? LOL Ron March 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm Well, that’s what I was thinking. No other links with text have been deleted, in my experience. But, at least my comment noting the deletion is apparently being allowed to remain. Seems like there might be room for more than one politically-oriented publication. David Greenwald March 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm There’s room for more than one soft drink company, but I’m not expecting links to the Pepsi site to remain on a Coca Cola site.
Source: Davis Wiki At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 20, a very important but easily missed item was presented and approved by the Council: The 2030 Strategic Plan for the City of Davis Open Space Program. I highlight it here not only because I think the issues are... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Davisite
Here is a brief summary of each candidate's positions on the questions asked. These are my paraphrases, not quotes - I did the best I could, typing on a cranky iPad! I left off opening statements in what follows; the four questions that I blog about below are: Unique food... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Davisite
In response to : We are not Coke. We are not Pepsi. We are not a commercial site of any kind, and we are not in competition with anyone. We are a site by and for Davisites, where discussion can take place without fear of personal attack. And where links to other (legal) sites are allowed.
It seems that the Vanguard is systematically deleting links to the Davisite -- and only the Davisite. The following screenshots show three examples of this, with the original versions, as posted by the author with links to the Davisite, and then later versions without links to the Davisite, apparently removed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at The Davisite
View from Mace curve - one of the areas subject to Measure J/R I think most Davisites know that measure letters get reused, so that a Measure A of today might be different from a Measure A of yesterday. But in this June's election, things get very confusing – the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at The Davisite
I'm not really following you, Todd. Again, yes, there are serious Staff-Commission-City Council communication problems, but the situation you are describing with the BTSSC has nothing to do with Measure J/R.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2018 on Linda Deos on Measure R at The Davisite
Todd, I agree with you that there are serious Staff-Commission-City Council communication problems, and I plan to blog on them more soon. But that seems to be a separate and larger issue from Measure J/R.
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2018 on Linda Deos on Measure R at The Davisite
I'm inclined to agree, Bob. And the irony of their anti-democratic stance is deepened by the fact that some of them have trumpeted their willingness to listen to the people, give everyone a seat at the table, etc. I do want to hear more from those who said that they want to revise Measure J/R, but I am skeptical.
View from Mace curve - one of the areas subject to Measure J/R Last night (2/28/2018), the Davis College Democrats held a forum for candidates for Davis City Council. Well, not all candidates -- you had to be a declared Democrat to participate, even though the City Council is supposed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at The Davisite
Source: Davis LocalWiki At its February 20 meeting, the City Council was supposed to review a proposal to bring a large, corporate gym to the Cannery, a change to the original proposal that the developer is asking for. The Council decided at the request of the developer to delay the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at The Davisite
I'm watching the City Council meeting on video during the general public comment before the meeting really gets going, and seeing person after person come to speak against the proposed large big-box gym at the Cannery (even though it's not at the agenda). I am heartened to see the passion that Davisites have for keeping Davis a special place to live, with community-oriented businesses and a small-town friendly feel.
From: "City of Davis eNotification" <> City Council Agenda Update - February 20, 2018 Date: February 20, 2018 2:18 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: Agenda Item 5 - Public Hearing on The Cannery Marketplace Project Revisions will not be heard at tonight's City Council meeting. The item will be opened and continued... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at The Davisite
City Council Agenda Update - February 20, 2018 Date: February 20, 2018 2:18 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: Agenda Item 5 - Public Hearing on The Cannery Marketplace Project Revisions will not be heard at tonight's City Council meeting. The item will be opened and continued to the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Discussion of the item will take place at the March 13 meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience.
With discussions over the June elections heating up, it is perhaps not surprising that discussions about what does and does not constitute civil discourse are also heating up in Davis. Luckily for us, these rules have long been established, so we need only take this opportunity to remind ourselves of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at The Davisite
Thanks, Larry. I very much agree that "trying to solve a problem without a well-reasoned plan is not a path to success," and yet unfortunately that seems to be exactly the path we're on. I'm really pleased to hear that you favor a more thoughtful approach. That being said, I do favor the SF-LA bullet train. I think that high-speed trains have been really effective in Europe and other parts of the world, and it's a travesty that the U.S. doesn't have any. But that won't solve Davis's problems, and there, I agree, commutes with sneakers and bicycles -- and, I would add, good public transit -- are ideal.
by Roberta L Millstein It's been a long time (too long) since I've blogged here, and now, with the political situation in such turmoil, it's hard to think about anything else. And one wonders what place philosophy has in all of this. But it occurs to me to share two... Continue reading
This evening I had an opportunity to get together with the other women in my philosophy department at UC Davis, and it caused me to reflect on how far we have come - when I joined the department in 2006, I was the only woman. Elaine Landry (front center) joined... Continue reading
To add a personal note: Many years ago Merrilee offered me invaluable advice about my graduate career. I am forever grateful for her kind and wise words. Later I (and my students) came to value the thoroughness and clarity of her Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking. So I am personally very pleased that she is the PSA-WC's first Highlighted PhilosopHer of Science! She has indeed served as a model for many of us.
The PSA Women's Caucus is delighted to announce its first Highlighted PhilosopHer of Science, Merrilee Salmon. You can read about Merrilee's many-splendored career over at Science Visions. Congratulations, Merrilee! Continue reading
1. Well, we can debate what is early and what is not. I think at this point eight years ago Obama was no more well known than Sanders is, and perhaps even less well known. So, while you're right that Clinton has been running since Romney's concession (and even earlier than that, in some sense), I do not think that it is so "late" that the election has already been decided. 2. I think we are more or less agreed on this point. But I do think that whereas Sanders originally may have joined the race just to move Clinton to the left, after seeing his success in drawing crowds and in getting grass-roots donations from individuals, he is now running in earnest. 3. You're right, I've overstated things, and not in a responsible way. My apologies. I do think it matters whether we get a Republican or a Democrat as president for the reasons that you state. Yes, "she moves any closer to the center and she would have the same politics as a Republican moderate" was closer to what I intended. I think there is a moderate Republican or two running but they don't have much of a chance and would likely move right anyway, as you suggest.
Yes, and it might be even worse than you describe. In the political sphere, it's not just results of a study that are at stake, but the results of the election itself. (Perhaps a survey of likely voters would be more analogous to studies in the social sciences than the outcome of an election). "Further, a widespread belief that a candidate can win seems to me a strong, even necessary condition for that candidate's actually winning." <-- agreed.
But that assumes that: Sanders doesn't have a chance (which is the point at issue), wherein his chances are affected by pronouncements that he doesn't have a chance. I think it's too early in the race to predict chances, but his popularity is clearly growing. The Internet makes it easier for lesser known candidates to become well known; we saw that with Obama. Moving to the left would hurt Clinton's chances - this is not at all obvious to me. The Republicans don't really have a credible candidate yet. Polls tend to show people in favor of many leftist policies (the policies themselves, not always the people advocating them). Clinton might move more to the center - She's already there. She moves any closer to the center and she might as well be a Republican, in which case her loss would not be much of a loss.
That's interesting -- can you give me a specific example? I haven't really thought about this in the context of social science.