Mini-Heap


Here’s the latest Mini-Heap: 10 recent items from the frequently updated Heap of Links, collected and numbered for your convenience. 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. Kant: Are you guys talking about snack mix? / Glaucon: But of course. Join us.
  2. Understanding and operationalizing curiosity — in order to program artificial intelligence to be curious
  3. “We wouldn’t have all these problems… if people just learned to be more logical and science-driven”
  4. What makes for good advice? — the Open Questions podcast discusses this with Eric Wiland (Missouri – St. Louis) and advice columnist Ellie Tesher
  5. The aesthetic aspect of means-end rationality — an unnecessarily but amusingly complicated argument from Elijah Millgram (Utah)
  6. A new bizarrely popular game has players take on role of an artificial intelligence running the universe’s most efficient paperclip company — and it was inspired by a thought experiment from philosopher Nick Bostrom (Oxford)
  7. What do normal people normally mean by “normal”? — it depends, according to recent research in various disciplines, including x-phi & cog sci
  8. Do we hold people responsible for their genes? — Philip Robbins & Paul Litton (Missouri) find we are harder on mentally ill criminals when the cause of their illness is genetic
  9. Next time you feel bad about how you’re spending your time — especially if you’re a utilitarian
  10. Blade Runner: “manna from heaven to a philosopher teaching personal identity” — Helen Beebee (Manchester) explains
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