Mini-Heap: recent items from the Heap of Links, collected in groups of 10, here for your perusal and discussion.
If you have suggestions for the Heap of Links, send ’em in.
- Five senses? Sorry Aristotle, it’s more like 22-33 — Barry Smith (Univ. of London) on avoiding philosophy that’s “worthless because it’s not actually getting to grips with how things really are”
- A philosophical symposium on “Black Lives Matter” — in the recent issue of the Journal of Political Philosophy
- “There is a cosmic purpose, a reason for existence …but human beings are irrelevant to that purpose,” argues Tim Mulgan (St. Andrews)
- Is dark matter more diverse than we’ve thought? Could there be life made of it? — learning what we don’t really know (an ongoing series)
- Plato, the behavioral economist — “many of his insights are remarkably similar to the descriptions of the cognitive biases found by Kahneman and Tversky”
- “What great man influenced him? When they couldn’t find one, they gave up” — they should have tried looking for the *woman* who influenced Descartes’ Meditations
- The most entertaining history of the world video (with brief mentions of some philosophers)
- “Researchers created a 3D image of Descartes’s brain… by scanning the impression it left on the inside of his skull” — turns out he had a big frontal cortex
- If the professor gives the students higher marks, the students return the favor — another problem with student evaluations of teaching
- “Using paraconsistent logical systems to put together a story about contradictory butt pounding across different universes would be a feat of sexual and logical perversion that I don’t think anyone has ever achieved” — an interview with the singular Neil Sinhababu (NUS)