Here’s another edition of Mini-Heap—10 recent items of possible interest to those interested in philosophy, 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 coffee habits of famous philosophers — illustrated
  2. The role imagination plays in the decision-making process — it may explain “why we make irrational, unreliable choices as often as we do,” says Dimitria Electra Gatzia (U. Akron Wayne College)
  3. Fodor’s critique of neo-Darwinism — revisited in The New Yorker
  4. “Just as we believe no one should live in poverty or have access to insufficient resources, the opposite is equally true: no one should have more than a defined amount of particular resources” — says Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht)
  5. “Pickle” is a philosophy podcast for kids — from WNYC and ABC (a version of the latter’s “Short & Curly”)
  6. “Intentionally changing character is hard” — Nomy Arpaly (Brown) on some of the difficulties of becoming a better person
  7. Everything you’ve wanted to know about reference (and something you didn’t want to know about fish) — an interview with Eliot Michaelson (KCL)
  8. “The princess and the philosopher both found themselves out of their depth in different ways” — weeks before the premiere of the original Star Wars, Carrie Fisher hired a personal philosophy tutor
  9. “There’s more to being a good person than being a do-gooder” — Larry Temkin (Rutgers), interviewed by Katrien Devolder (Oxford) on Singer, Parfit, and the ethics of altruism
  10. “The Rap Guide to Consciousness” — via Daniel Dennett, who calls it “wise, funny, accurate—and musical!”
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