Saturday Mini-Heap…

  1. “Evel Knievel applied to graduate programs in philosophy with a writing sample that solved the trolley problem, the Ship of Theseus puzzle, and six other vehicular paradoxes.” — Alex Baia with an over-the-top funny tale of academic dare-devilry
  2. “Did the philosophy professor – just this once, of course – overthink it?” — a philosopher is asked by his four year old: “Daddy, why are we real?”
  3. “Futuremakers” is a podcast about the future of society, and season 1 focuses on artificial intelligence in various contexts — hosted by philosopher Peter Millican (Oxford)
  4. Can we finally be done with the “campus free speech crisis”? — yes, according to a variety of metrics
  5. A man plans to take his parents to court for creating him without his consent — anti-natalism in (legal) action
  6. “Criminal convictions should not lead to the denial of basic rights and human dignity” — Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern) on the treatment of prisoners in the United States
  7. “If you think cronyism in academia is a thing, wait until you’re leaving academia and spending time in the business world. It’s a way of life.” — a philosopher who left academia to enter the business world shares some advice (via the Philosophers’ Cocoon)

Mini-Heap posts appear when 7 or so 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!


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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