- Are you your connectome? — If so, we might see an in-principle way of giving you immortality. Unfortunately, the most promising technique for this is… fatal?
- Academic bullying disguised as fighting for academic freedom — “Over the past decade, something very odd has happened to the idea of academic freedom: It has become conflated with free speech,” writes Jennifer Ruth (Portland State)
- At the intersection of philosophical theories of well-being and empirical studies of well-being — an interdisciplinary team fights equivocations and explores implications
- Strategies for better aesthetic disagreement — from Brandon Polite (Knox) and Matt Strohl (Montana)
- “A complex and accurate analog computing device — from a civilization that flourished 2,200 years ago” — the Antikythera mechanism is further evidence that “the past is more complicated, more multi-faceted, and more surprising than we currently know”
- “Demarcation is simply inevitable. Scientists have finite time and therefore must select which topics are worth working on and which are not” — the challenges of distinguishing science from non-science, in Boston Review
- “I believe that actions are wrong when they cause harm that violates a right [or]… when they cause gratuitous offence” — “Often cultural appropriation does neither.” James Young (Victoria) interviewed about art, music, copyright, culture, and more
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