New additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. Philosophers as public intellectuals — a roundtable discussion with Anastasia Berg (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem), Agnes Callard (Chicago), and Justin Weinberg (South Carolina)
  2. For two decades, he “encouraged his students to examine the meaning of life and become active and conscientious citizens who help build societies based on values such as justice and liberty” — now, visiting his former students in prison is part of the life of Chow Po Chung (Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong)
  3. “Being a philosopher, for me, amounts to never wanting to own up out loud to what you are or should be doing” — marvelous prose from Amy Olberding (Oklahoma) about a stranger, a truck in need of repair, sadness, and a book about death
  4. “We worry about being too gullible with other people. But we should also worry about technological gullibility—about being too willing and eager to trust technologies without realising how deeply they will change us” — C. Thi Nguyen (Utah) on trust & technology
  5. “EleutherAI’s dataset for large language models, The Pile, includes PhilPapers! So, philosofriends, I prompted their GPT-J-6B to write abstracts based on a few of your titles” — Kathleen Creel (Stanford) presents her “favorite fake abstracts (vs the real papers)”
  6. A paper in Phil Studies, says a gamer, “really helped me to gain confidence and start playing League of Legends again” — a brief video with both recordings of gameplay and screenshots of Michael Ridge’s “Illusory attitudes and the playful stoic” — and an appreciation of the virtue of “lightness”
  7. The family had long thought that “Philosopher Reading” was relatively worthless — but the painting was discovered to be by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and recently sold at auction for over $9 million

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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Arwen King
Arwen King
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