New links of possible interest to people interested in philosophy…

  1. Little Bad Thing: true stories about the things we wish we hadn’t done — a new podcast from Eleanor Gordon-Smith (Princeton, The Ethics Centre)
  2. The philosopher who worked as Trotsky’s right hand man, had an affair with Frida Kahlo, and wrote about logic — Ray Monk (Southampton) on Jean van Heijenoort
  3. “Researchers often require deception in their studies, yet they receive little training on how to deceive effectively” — “the field of magic offers a potential solution” (via MR)
  4. “Leaders in the field of AI ethics are arguing that the company pushed her out because of the inconvenient truths that she was uncovering about a core line of its research—and perhaps its bottom line” — Google gets rid of an ethicist who pointed out risks of its large language models
  5. Philosophy, science, and uncertainty — Simon Blackburn (Cambridge, UNC), Philip Goff (Durham), and Renata Salecl (Birkbeck, Ljubljana) discuss
  6. Did Einstein really agree with Spinoza’s pantheism? — Snopes is on the case
  7. “Debate over high-stakes moral issues isn’t always the best option, because the conditions for truth-seeking discussion to take hold are missing” — Malcolm Keating (Yale-NUS) on what we can learn about debate and discussion from pre-modern Indian philosophy

Mini-Heap posts usually 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!

USI Switzerland Philosophy
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
3 years ago

The Timnit Gebru story is an interesting one, as I shows an alternative to what philosophers will take AI Ethics to be. The question is what does analytic philosophy bring that people like Timnit Gebru don’t already?