Here’s the latest edition of Mini-Heap.

  1. Take some things for granted — it will make for a better life, argues Neal Tognazzini (Western Washington)
  2. Should the “empirical falsity of claims in an article published in [a philosophy journal]… be a condition of retraction, correction, or apology”? — a discussion by Eric Schliesser (Amsertdam) at Digressions & Impressions
  3. A philosopher’s interdisciplinary project on pain reveals findings about the doctor-patient relationship — Adam Swenson (CSUN Northridge) looks at what makes patients seem trustworthy
  4. There is a Medieval canon: it’s shaped by “the dominance of theology in the Middle Ages” — and it should be challenged, argues Martin Lenz (Groningen) in response to Bob Pasnau (Colorado)
  5. Enlightenment is “a tender thing, worth cultivating, coaxing, exercising, smiling on—worth succoring” — even (especially) when its your “enemies” who are seeking it, says Jennifer Uleman (Purchase)
  6. Should you “fake it ’til you make it”? — philosophy and psychology raise some helpful follow-up questions to that, argues Julia Staffel (Colorado)
  7. The virtue of dark humor — Mark Alfano (Delft, ACU) delivers the Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value
  8. “People who are better at distinguishing the pseudo-profound from the actually profound are more prosocial” — recent social science (via Jason Brennan)
  9. Movies about logic — a list compiled by Mats Volberg (Tartu)
  10. “I wanted to… explore not what technology is doing to us, but what we’re doing to technology” — Nolen Gertz (Twente) is interviewed about nihilism and technology

Mini-Heap posts appear when about 10 new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, the ever-growing collection of items from around the web that may be of interest to philosophers.

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. Thanks!

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