Mini-Heap


The latest additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. Climate change will force people from their homelands — Matthew Lister (Deakin) looks the various forms such migration will take and some possible responses to it
  2. Oxford University press temporarily gives free access to the articles in its journals that were most popular in 2019 — (via Edouard Machery)
  3. Self-driving Mercedes cars will be programmed to save their drivers, not pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles, in potential crash situations. — the moral costs “will be outweighed by the fact that cars will be better drivers overall”
  4. “Students were repeatedly reminded that they should begin the design process by asking, ‘What do *other* users need?'” — Evan Selinger (RIT) and Albert Fox Cahn are teaching future engineers & designers how to build ethics into their ideas from the start
  5. Laws of nature, causation, and more — a conversation between philosopher Ned Hall (Harvard) and physicist Sean Carroll (Caltech)
  6. “There is something wrong if we systematically accept papers we can find no fault with but that don’t stir our imagination, whereas the papers with holes but new ideas get shot down by objections” — Helen De Cruz (SLU) thinks academic philosoph should make more room for wonder
  7. “Positing theories is not confirming theories. Traditional philosophy tries to pretend positing and confirming are the same thing by sliding intuition into the equation as a source of putative evidence.” — one of a few provocative remarks in a recent interview of Michael Shaffer (St. Cloud State)

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. Discussion welcome.

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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