Friday Mini-Heap…

  1. The indie rock band that’s 75% philosophers has a new album out today — check out “Better, Sometimes” by The Counterfactuals
  2. Why are the answers scientism gives us to some big philosophical questions hard for us to accept? — Alex Rosenberg (Duke) identifies the culprit: the theory of mind
  3. “I became even more intrigued when I began to get the feeling that Wilfrid was seducing me, just by the use of opportunistic double entendres, sprinkled ever so casually amongst the clever tracery of the history of ideas” — recollections from Wilfrid Sellars’ late second wife about their relationship and his death (via Leiter Reports)
  4. Computer modeling in philosophy — a special issue of the open-access journal “Open Philosophy” (link takes you the issue’s introduction)
  5. “As a public service, I am here to explain to you that no, you probably do not agree with Popper at all — unless you are completely out of your mind” — Michael Huemer (Colorado) on Karl Popper
  6. “Low income itself is a key, and arguably the major, cause of the debilitating outcomes in cognition, emotional stability, and health for poor children” — a survey of some recent research by Jeff Madrick
  7. Political disagreement is greatest among the “cognitively sophisticated”, but why? — one explanation, that cognitive sophistication magnifies politically biased processing of new information, is challenged in a new study (via Lisa Bortolotti)

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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