Mini-Heap


New additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. “How philosophy is making me a better scientist” — genomics data science PhD student Rasha Shraim recounts various ways her philosophy background informs and improves her science work (via Michael Dale)
  2. An unusually good newspaper piece on free will, for which several philosophers were consulted — its author, Oliver Burkeman, deserves a lot of credit… or does he? (sorry)
  3. “The only idea we are in fact able to conjure of what intelligent beings elsewhere may be like is one that we extrapolate directly from our idea of our own intelligence” — Justin E.H. Smith (Paris) on how this is “a gross failure of imagination”
  4. Scientists have created human-monkey embryos — is this a problem? a possible solution to a problem? both?
  5. Junior scholars in philosophy of science on the effects of the pandemic on their work — testimonies collected by the European Philosophy of Science Association
  6. When Rudolf Carnap visited three imprisoned Mexican philosophers — Carnap’s own account of his visit (via Nathan Ballantyne)
  7. “Our challenge is to see how he can both endorse restrictions on a range of expression of opinion and yet argue for absolute freedom of discussion” — several philosophers on updating Mill on speech

Mini-Heap posts usually appear when 7 or so new items accumulate in the Heap of Links, the 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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