Mini-Heap


The latest Mini-Heap…

  1. “Only if we can see that our thoughts are the product of myriad factors beyond our conscious control, can we hope to figure out how to develop the necessary subliminal skills to successfully address the world’s most urgent problems” — a neurologist’s skepticism about rationality
  2. Universities are tracking the web activity of identified individual prospective applicants — some use the data for “formulating predictive scores to measure each student’s likelihood of enrolling”
  3. The metaphysics of memory — Jordi Fernandez (Adelaide) is blogging at Brains this week
  4. Transitioning from philosophy to tech — a guide with concrete steps and useful information from a recent philosophy PhD who is now a software engineer
  5. “The ‘kids these days’ effect has been happening for millenia.” Why? — “Two mechanisms contribute to humanity’s perennial tendency to denigrate kids: (1) a person-specific tendency to notice the limitations of others where one excels, (ii) a memory bias projecting one’s current qualities onto the youth of the past”
  6. Poems for philosophers — by Justin E.H. Smith (Paris)
  7. The winner of the 2018 Doak Walker Award for top running back in college football, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, is a philosophy major — his interests include Kant’s philosophy and the semantics of questions, according to Sports Illustrated (via Alex Scott)

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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