Lots of good stuff lately, so here’s another edition of Mini-Heap—10 recent items from the frequently updated Heap of Links. 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. “The myth of just intellectual allotment — of quality that invariably corresponds with moral merit — is worse than false: It’s dangerous” — Becca Rothfeld (Harvard) on whether sexual predators can be good scholars (via Jennifer Frey)
  2. Over 300 in-depth interviews with philosophers — organized into “pretty rough” categories
  3. A crowd-sourced survey of incidents of sexual harassment in academia — to date, there are 19 different entries listing “philosophy” as the discipline (via IHE)
  4. “He knows there’s sand and water and other facts about beaches. But he can’t conjure up beaches he’s visited in his mind, nor does he have any capacity to create a mental image of a beach” — it’s called congenital aphantasia
  5. “A small step towards making AI systems less specialized” — from the paper’s abstract: “Starting from random play, and given no domain knowledge except the game rules, AlphaZero achieved within 24 hours a superhuman level of play” (via MR)
  6. “We think that bees have experiences that feel like something to the bee. We don’t think the bees are aware of having experiences that feel like something to them.” — What is it like to be a bee?
  7. When employers tell you what you can wear — The BBC consults with Clare Chambers (Cambridge) and Anne Phillips (LSE) on when dress codes are reasonable
  8. An interview with T.M. Scanlon (Harvard) (video)
  9. “The theories of well-being that are most successful by the lights of philosophers are not the ones that are usable by the lights of scientists” — Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge) on what to expect from theories of well-being
  10. Would Aristotle unfriend that person? — Alexis Elder (Minnesota Duluth) on using social media wisely and well
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Joel David Hamkins
6 years ago

Could I request that you adopt more descriptive titles for these link collections? For the longest time, I never clicked on your “Mini-heap” posts or on the Heap of links, because I confess my interest in mini heaps or even large heaps is not so strong. But if the title more accurately described what I might find, it could be more appealing. Why not give the post a title more closely related to the content? I expect that the click-through is much lower than it could be.