Monday Mini-Heap…

  1. “There isn’t a lot of room in philosophy—analytic philosophy—for somebody who wants to do something that has some kind of aesthetic value” — Barry Lam (Vassar) is interviewed at The Public Life of the Mind
  2. “It seems worth exploring ways to boost the philanthropic sector whilst avoiding the potential downside of concentrating power in the hands of the ultra-wealthy” — Richard Yetter Chappell (Miami) has an idea: charity vouchers
  3. Letter to a young black philosopher — observations and advice from Liam Kofi Bright (LSE)
  4. Text-reading algorithm uses word-association analyses of scientific works to predict ideas humans missed — “In one experiment, researchers analyzed only papers published before 2009 and were able to predict one of the best modern-day thermoelectric materials four years before it was discovered in 2012” (via Gregor Flock)
  5. Update on the philosophy teacher accused of trying to set fire to St. Patrick’s Cathedral — he will be undergoing psychiatric evaluation
  6. An art exhibit all about Chinese philosopher Laozi opened earlier this week in Cairo — with more than 30 works by 40 artists from 18 countries
  7. The New Statesmen apologizes to Roger Scruton for not accurately representing his views — at the bottom of the linked article (via David McPherson)

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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