The latest Mini-Heap:

  1. “Questions about what categories should guide our social lives cannot be answered by simply describing the world, because they ask how we should describe the world.” — gender nonbinary people and the messy details about (and uncertain future of) sex and gender
  2. Reincarnating a Rawlsian device for a discussion of climate change — Michelle Alexander in the NYT
  3. Open Culture puts up a lot of philosophy-related content — here are their philosophy-tagged posts
  4. When it comes to perception, “your brain is doing a lot of work behind the scenes” — and that is one reason these optical illusions work
  5. Is there a cherished ethical ideal that the academic study of ethics tends to overlook? — yes, says Amod Lele (Boston U.): “be yourself”
  6. The Constitution and the oath of office can function as applied ethics texts for U.S. Presidents — one lesson from a discussion on the presidency with Corey Brettschneider (Brown)
  7. A table that plots the pragmatists along dimensions of quietism/metaphysics and humanism/scientism — from Joseph Clark
  8. “Even if you work 60 hours a week and sleep eight hours a night, that leaves you 52 hours a week—a full seven hours a day—to do other things” — how a time audit can help academics
  9. Who will teach Silicon Valley to be ethical? — Chief Ethics Officers, perhaps
  10. How do stereotypes distort our perception of the truth? — Greg Restall (Melbourne) is interviewed on the subject on ABC Radio

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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