There will be reduced posting this week at DN owing to holiday travel, but 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. Family braces for philosophy major’s return home — “Samantha Lamothe, the youngest in the family, bought a new pair of headphones to help avoid any conversation with her big brother.”
  2. “Humanities and social science PhD’s are not, on average, any more satisfied with academic jobs than non-academic jobs” — some data, discussed at the Philosophers’ Cocoon
  3. 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)
  4. “It’s only a very modern trend that philosophy and science are at all in any way divorced” — a video interview with Branden Fitelson (Northeastern)
  5. Derek Parfit, photographer — a collection of his photos
  6. Sharing consciousness — craniopagus twins prompt questions about the mind and the self
  7. Dude, where’s my car? — well, philosophy might help you find it (via Miguel F. Dos Santos)
  8. Love and existentialism — an interview with philosopher Skye Cleary
  9. Five philosophical questions to ask about the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” — the BBC consults with John Donaldson (Glasgow), who teaches “Star Wars and Philosophy”
  10. The social side of accident theory — we shouldn’t neglect “the social- and organization-level failures that sometimes lead to massive technological failures,” says Daniel Little (Michigan-Dearborn)


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