Mini-Heap


The latest links from the Heap…

  1. “People who we thought had high self-control to achieve great life outcomes instead are really good at forming the right habits. They seem to understand the influence of situations and choose ones in which it’s easier to repeat desired actions.” — Wendy Wood (USC) on habits
  2. Why worry about AI? — Evan Selinger (RIT) surveys the array of reasons
  3. Attention may seem like the brain casting a “spotlight”, but it is closer to the metaphor of “lowering the lights on everything else” — recent work on the neuroscience of attention and the importance of “filtering”
  4. “Now, today, going to the museum and putting on one’s serious-art-face is something very, very different from going to the national park and putting on one’s nature-loving-face.” — Justin E.H. Smith (Paris) on Nabokov, Kant, art, and nature
  5. The San Francisco Urban Film Fest has a philosophy advisor — the benefits are a two-way street, says Ron Sundstrom (U. San Francisco)
  6. “Traditional school debate discourages the kind of listening and reasoning that is critical to a healthy democracy… [it] doesn’t have to be this way, though — Jon Ellis (UC Santa Cruz) and Francesca Hovagimian (Berkeley) on the virtues of ethics bowls (NYT)
  7. “It’s a weird thing to have your book appear as a character on a TV show. It’s sort of like having your child chosen to be in the school play. You’re pleased that they’re there, but worried that something embarrassing is going to happen.” — a brief interview with T.M. Scanlon (Harvard)

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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