Love and lust in Lolita-- Jennifer Frey (South Carolina) & Becca Rothfeld (Harvard) on "the tensions we readers are forced to navigate between the awesome beauty of Nabokov’s prose and the ugly perversion that is the central focus of our attention in the novel"
A new Confucius museum officially opens-- it contains around 700,000 cultural relics, including 300,000 files about the Confucius family, 40,000 books, 8,000 ancient costumes, and even musical instruments
The secret philosophers of Silicon Valley-- "Greater transparency about the work philosophers do for tech companies would help convince skeptics and cynics about Silicon Valley’s willingness to listen and adapt"
The Feminist Philosophers blog is closing down-- “Many of us, myself included, have become increasingly pessimistic about the potential for internet-based discussions of difficult issues to help us make philosophical and real-world progress,” writes Jenny Saul
Could there ever be an AI that's an artist?-- no, argues Sean Kelly (Harvard), for we must be able to interpret an artist's work as responding to "social necessity" or as expressing value, and we can't think of AI as doing that
Is it gay for me to love Natalie Wynn?-- the philosopher takes on tough questions, and just when you think "but what about this further question she definitely won't ask because it raises politically incorrect problems for her own view?" she asks it. Watch the whole thing.
What you think you know about genetics is wrong-- genes "cannot possibly serve as instructions for the more complex task of putting the proteins together into a fully functioning being, no more than the characters on a typewriter can produce a story"