Friday Mini-Heap…

  1. “If we refute and exclude the falsehoods of others, it seems, we’re making progress on our way to finding out the truth” — Martin Lenz (Groningen) on why he thinks this is not likely
  2. A biological truth that “logic and metaphysics, in the form we have inherited them, still require us to reject on a priori grounds” — Justin E.H. Smith (Paris) on mutualism, parasitism, microbiomes, our imagined relations with others, and our conspiracy with the corn
  3. “The technologies have the potential to interfere with rights that are so basic that we may not even think of them as rights, like our ability to determine where our selves end and machines begin.” — the ethics of commercial neurotech and the need for a new “jurisprudence of the mind” (Vox)
  4. Public Reason, the political philosophy website, is closing down after 12 years — “times have changed and, with that, the need for there to be a website serving as the central clearing house for political philosophy/theory information and discussion has dissipated,” says its editor, Simon C. May (Florida State)
  5. “Life is what got us into this trouble to begin with; who needs more of it?” — reflections from Anastasia Berg (Cambridge) and Rachel Wiseman (The Point) on the decision to have children and “how to affirm life in the face of suffering, sacrifice and likely failure”
  6. Headline for an article about neurological arguments on free will: “A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked” — but as one commenter put it, “the assertion of the headline might be a Gettier case” (via David Morrow)
  7. “Is it possible for academics to use their time more effectively?” — thoughts on the relevant tradeoffs from Jonathan “I arranged my office furniture so colleagues could not stop to talk” Wolff (Oxford)

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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