Philosophy-related links for your consideration, AKA Mini-Heap:


  1. “If scientists can disagree for years on end, what does this mean for the objectivity of science?” — Scientific American brings in a philosopher—Kevin Zollman (CMU)—to discuss a philosophical question—and he picks a good one
  2. “The types of skills we’re bringing in are psychologists, philosophers, that type of profile, that can solve really complex philosophical problems” — IBM exec Ana Paula Assis, speaking at Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Summit”
  3. What does the latest academic hoax show? — ten things, says Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam)
  4. The meaning and value of interestingness — discussed by Lorraine Besser (Middlebury)
  5. “One of the biggest things I have experienced as a trans student [in philosophy] has been silence” — and “in the face of intensifying anti-trans rhetoric… silence begins to look like complicity.”
  6. “This hoax thus doesn’t tell us anything at all about the overall quality of the academic subfields targeted” — James Stacey Taylor (College of New Jersey) argues that the hoax was neither interesting nor unethical
  7. Should we be held morally responsible for our actions? — a discussion between Gregg Caruso (SUNY Corning) and Daniel Dennett (Tufts)
  8. Hiking with Nietzsche — John Kaag (U Mass, Lowell) reflects on Nietzsche’s life, his own, and philosophy
  9. Minorities and Philosophy (MAP-UK) now has a blog — and a revamped website. Check it out
  10. Connecting philosophy to a character’s fortune and building a story around it — Barry Lam (Vassar), the creator of the marvelous Hi-Phi Nation, shares some of his secrets


Beyond the Ivory Tower. Workshop for academics on writing short pieces for wide audiences on big questions. Taking place October 18th to 19th. Application deadline July 30th. Funding provided.
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