New Mini-Heap…

  1. The meaning of nihilism — Nolen Gertz (Twente) distinguishes nihilism from other concepts in its vicinity, such as pessimism, cynicism, and apathy
  2. “What else from philosophy influenced the construction and design of LinkedIn?” — Tyler Cowen (GMU) interviews Reid Hoffman, who has an MA in philosophy and who helped develop PayPal, LinkedIn, & other ventures (via Robert Long)
  3. “At 97, he wondered whether he’d been deceiving himself about the meaning of life and death” — a documentary about philosopher Herbert Fingarette made during the last few months of his life
  4. “If our actions are harming other animals, then we have a responsibility to try to reduce or repair these harms” — Jeff Sebo (NYU) on what humans owe to animals
  5. “Philosophy has a profound impact on me” — an interview with Cixin Liu, author of the tremendous Three-Body Problem science fiction trilogy
  6. “The protests have been extraordinarily popular and remarkably effective—not in spite of but because of… tactics of uncivil disobedience” — Candice Delmas (Northeastern) on the uncivil disobedience of the Hong Kong protestors
  7. Scientists use frog cells to build the first “living robots” — this “new form of life” has “enormous potential” but it also “raises a bevy of ethical 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.

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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