Mini-Heap


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.

  1. 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”
  2. A philosophical symposium on “Black Lives Matter” — in the recent issue of the Journal of Political Philosophy
  3. “There is a cosmic purpose, a reason for existence …but human beings are irrelevant to that purpose,” argues Tim Mulgan (St. Andrews)
  4. 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)
  5. Plato, the behavioral economist — “many of his insights are remarkably similar to the descriptions of the cognitive biases found by Kahneman and Tversky”
  6. “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
  7. The most entertaining history of the world video (with brief mentions of some philosophers)
  8. “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
  9. If the professor gives the students higher marks, the students return the favor — another problem with student evaluations of teaching
  10. “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) 

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