Mini-Heap


Here’s the latest edition of Mini-Heap—10 recent items from the frequently updated Heap of Links. Feel free to discuss.

The Heap of Links consists partly of suggestions from readers; if you find something online that you think would be of interest to the philosophical community, please send it in for consideration for the Heap.

  1. Hume, the world’s worst detective (EC)
  2. “Things male academics have said to me” — a list
  3. “Searching for Logic” is an open source logic textbook that focuses on searching for information, rather than deduction — from Adam Morton (UBC)
  4. “All our tidy reasoning about what mortals must expect and should accept doesn’t replace the ‘ornery’ truth of our dependence on beloved elders” — Amy Olberding (Oklahoma) on the death of the elderly
  5. To reduce corruption in college sports, tell the truth — says Samuel Gorovitz (Syracuse)
  6. “Together, we’ll try to figure out what’s right and true. And what you end up believing is, well, up to you.” — Bas van der Vossen writes to his students about academic freedom and his Koch-funded position
  7. Dehumanization may not be the problem: “our best and our worst tendencies arise precisely from seeing others as human” — Paul Bloom (Yale) looks at recent work by David Livingstone Smith, Kate Manne, and others
  8. “Not only can he correct the philosophers when they’re playing science wrong, but he can correct the scientists when they get the philosophy wrong.” — a profile of Massimo Pigliucci (City College of NY)
  9. “You take a look at the vast variety of people that move into the profession of being a data scientist… there’s… a big group coming from philosophy” — says Mike Gregoire, CEO of CA Technologies
  10. The “hidden curriculum” of “unfortunate attitudes and practices” professors teach their grad students — thoughts from Steven M. Cahn (CUNY)

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