Mini-Heap


Recent additions to the Heap of Links:

  1. In defense of philosophizing about comic books — Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg (Washington & Lee) take in Bill Maher’s claim that “comics are for kids”
  2. Should there be a limit to how much wealth a person can have? — Ingrid Robeyns, a defender of “limitarianism”, discusses history of the idea
  3. “Mainstream philosophy… suddenly demands work on trans issues, but the impact of tenuous trans employment and the silencing of trans perspectives are deprioritized as issues of free and open academic inquiry” — a brief history of trans philosophy from Amy Marvin (Oregon)
  4. “Our confusion is what makes us such easy marks” — Michael Lynch (Connecticut) on how, when we communicate online, we often don’t know what we’re doing
  5. “I regularly get students to observe me now… Colleagues say, ‘It’s very courageous of you to ask for feedback.’ It isn’t. I want to improve. They’re undergraduates. I have tenure.” — lots of valuable insights from Harry Brighouse (Wisconsin) on improving one’s teaching
  6. Knowing how challenging a puzzle is can be more difficult than the puzzle itself — a charming video about a fun math puzzle that makes a point about the value of abstract reasoning (via Aeon)
  7. “Neural networks… are often called black boxes because of the mysteries of how they work,” which poses a problem for the research — the reproducibility crisis in AI (via Eric Schliesser)

Mini-Heap posts appear when 7 or so new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, the ever-growing collection of items from around the web that may be of interest to philosophers.

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. Thanks!

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