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The latest selection of philosophy-related links…

  1. If you lose conscious experience, “what implications does this have for your other mental capacities for representing, reasoning, and knowing about the external world?” — Declan Smithies (Ohio State) is blogging about consciousness this week at Brains
  2. Heideggerian environmentalism — Aaron Wendland (Higher) on the need for “an alternative to the technological worldview that has governed our interaction with nature since the 17th century”
  3. “Most people aim to be morally-mediocre” — Eric Schwitzgebel (Riverside) on how people “aim to be about as morally good as their peers — not especially better, not especially worse”
  4. “My mixed motivations make me distrust my ‘righteously uncivil’ impulses” — Amy Olberding (Oklahoma) explores and reflects on what tempts her towards “righteous incivility”
  5. A fair amount of Swedish moral philosophy is, predictably, in Swedish — an interview with Lars Bergström (emeritus at Stockholm), conducted & translated by Simon Knutsson, offers a glimpse of the landscape to those who don’t know the language
  6. “Trying to characterize animal thought is like trying to describe the Mona Lisa. Approximations are possible, but precision is not.” — Jacob Beck (York) on whether we can know what animals are thinking
  7. A new Confucius museum officially opens — it contains around 700,000 cultural relics, including 300,000 files about the Confucius family, 40,000 books, 8,000 ancient costumes, and even musical instruments

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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