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New philosophy-related links…

  1. The Logic Supergroup — “an alliance of logicians in quarantine” putting on various online events
  2. University of South Carolina administration thinks the term “social distancing” is a downer, recommends use of “physical distancing” instead — that makes everything better, sings philosophy professor Michael Dickson
  3. “Progress is measured in terms of the accumulation of empirical successes, rather than stable truths, so progress does not require consensus.” — the “social empiricism” of Miriam Solomon (Temple)
  4. Renaissance-era manuscripts of the Phaedo and Gorgias, along with items from Kant, Wittgenstein, Darwin, Lobachevsky and others — currently up for auction
  5. “Brutal systemic racism is a vast tragedy where both complacency and resistance lead to frightening outcomes” — Regina Rini (York) on the moral complexity of current events and how “easy or comforting verdicts” are not options
  6. In some ways, the human brain is 10 million times slower than a computer — so how does the brain have “superior flexibility, generalizability, and learning capability than the state-of-the-art computer”?
  7. “We want our students to know that we see you and hear you—that we are aware of the racist past and present of philosophy and the UC and that we stand in solidarity with you.” — a statement from UCSD philosophy graduate students

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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