New additions to the Heap…
- The constraints of locality, the utility of attention, and other lessons in modeling what brains do when we learn — recent work on learning algorithms elucidates differences between brains and artificial neural networks
- “Once we accept that extensions of concern to other animals are not forced on us by the nature of reasonableness itself, as Korsgaard hoped, there is a temptation to say that everything here is a matter of feelings and emotional responses” — “There is more to it than that.” Peter Godfrey-Smith (Sydney) on the problem with Korsgaard’s animal ethics, and a more plausible alternative
- Can the verificationism of the logical positivists be the tool that’s needed to fight conspiracy theories? Is it too powerful? — Liam Kofi Bright (LSE) talks with Tom Whyman
- MC Hammer and philosopher Zena Hitz (St. John’s) will be holding a public conversation about philosophy this Friday night on Clubhouse — Hammer thought Hitz’s book, Lost in Thought, was “amazing”
- “Imagine a delicious cake that is being eaten by a man in the next room. It’s not for you. It’s just there, and its smell wafts into your room. Does the man have a right to eat the cake?” — 10 thought experiments written by GPT-3
- “Good in Theory” is a political philosophy podcast that recently has been producing an audio adaptation of Plato’s Republic, with commentary — aimed at a general audience, it is hosted by writer (and former academic) Clif Mark
- “I think it succeeded in creating a blueprint for a new kind of democracy” — Helene Landemore (Yale) talks about moving towards “a more participatory, more inclusive, more authentically democratic system” on Ezra Klein’s NYT podcast
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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