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  1. What does “Western” mean in “Western philosophy”? — Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam) on Russell’s history
  2. “The popular perception that strong AI will eventually grow out of our control risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, despite the present reality that weak AI is very much the product of human deliberation and decision making” — Annette Zimmerman, Elena Di Rosa, and Hochan Kim (Princeton) on the important choices we face *now* regarding this technology
  3. The “Ask a Philosopher” booth comes to Philly — The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story
  4. Contemporary moral philosophy “is riddled with metaphysically unexplained claims about reasons and our responsiveness to them—about, in other words, reasons as exercising a power to move” — an interview with Thomas Pink (KCL)
  5. Handouts for introductory philosophy students on various philosophical skills — from Neil Mehta (Yale-NUS)
  6. “I find it difficult to believe that exposure to relentless criticism is truth-conducive” — Martin Lenz (Groningen), whose worry about philosophical practices “is not that we keep too many options on the table; it is that we cast aside ideas too soon”
  7. “Philosophers” was a category in the “Greatest of All Time” edition of Jeopardy! last night — do you know the right questions?

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.

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