Mini-Heap


Time for a Mini-Heap.

  1. Alone or as a subject in a study we may be poor at reasoning, “but in a more ecological setting, when we can argue and reason collectively, the right answer spreads like wildfire” — thoughts about how we should be studying reason from Sacha Altay (École Normale Supérieure Paris)
  2. “Postulate no entity / Unless it’s really necess’ry. / (And keep your poems short.) — “O is for Ockham’s Razor,” from the growing poetical philosophical abecedarium of Sarah Adams
  3. An online repository of material on debates about the centrality of work in human life— maintained by Jean-Philippe Deranty (Macquarie)
  4. A collection of links on issues concerning robots and artificial intelligence — at Bookforum’s Omnivore
  5. Should I take a nap? — what the ancients would say
  6. “Before we create an AI with humanlike sophistication deserving humanlike ethical consideration, we will very likely create an AI with less-than-human sophistication, deserving some less-than-human ethical consideration” — John Basl (Northeastern) and Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) discuss what that might be
  7. “Testing quantum mechanics with a new, unique, ready-to-hand measurement apparatus—the human visual system” — Rebecca Holmes (Los Alamos) on the whys and hows of doing so

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!

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