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"
"Philosophy in plain Arabic"-- a program in Cairo aimed at bringing philosophy to the public and improving its image (apparently in Egypt philosophy is an undergrad major with very low standards, according to the article)
What is public philosophy, anyway?-- "It should be philosophy, in that it uses philosophical techniques, methods, and concepts. It should also be in the public interest, in that it addresses issues of civic import and in ways that are accessible to the general public."
The logic of time travel in the movies-- this fun video—-with film clips, helpful diagrams, and clear explanations—-was created with the help of philosophers Sara Bernstein (Notre Dame) and Ryan Wasserman (Western Washington)
There's no crisis in the humanities-- rather, "the democratisation of higher education has broadened the portfolio of courses, to a decline in the share of degrees awarded in... humanities and...sciences. By any measure, the humanities have weathered the transition better."
How should philosophy be taught in Jordan?-- "Currently, there is an ongoing heated debate in Jordan at the official educational level over teaching philosophy after it had been suspended decades ago due to political and ideological considerations"
The philosophical investigator-- "instead of locating missing wives or cracking unsolved crimes, he deals with missing souls and unsolved philosophical problems. He helps people to find their ideas again" (via Daniel Brunson)
"The universe should not actually exist”-- physicists are unable to find the asymmetry between matter and antimatter that would explain "why antimatter did not destroy the universe at the beginning of time"
What is religion?-- a review of three recent answers, including that of atheist Tim Crane (Cambridge)
"It rapidly found its way to superhuman abilities."-- "Starting with zero knowledge of Go strategy and no training by humans, the new iteration of the program... needed just three days to invent advanced strategies undiscovered by human players in the multi-millennia history of the game."