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!


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2 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?Report