Recent additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. “Good—that is to say, ethical—sex is not simply about getting consent so that we can do what we want” — Christine Emba on the need for shared sexual norms beyond consent
  2. What can arguments for extended cognition tell us about aesthetic experience and understanding? — Miranda Anderson (Edinburgh/Stirling) takes Otto inside the museum
  3. “The mechanisms, meanings, and dynamics of a social population can be investigated along countless different dimensions, and there are no fixed and final ‘laws of social interaction’ that ultimately allow the explanation of the social ensemble” — Dan Little (UM-Dearborn) on the “open texture” of the social world
  4. “When an entire discipline gets gamified, we are in for trouble… we discourage ourselves from being truly playful and creative” — Helen De Cruz (SLU) on the “gamification” of philosophy
  5. “Chance rules all” — Brian Skyrms (UCI) is interviewed by Richard Marshall at 3:16AM
  6. “By combining model scale with chain-of-thought prompting, PaLM [Google’s Pathways Language Model] shows breakthrough capabilities on reasoning tasks that require multi-step arithmetic or common-sense reasoning” — be sure to check out the full paper (which they link to), especially p. 38 for examples of logical inference and joke explaining
  7. Commentary from several philosophers on various aspects of the Russian attack on Ukraine — including Janina Dill, Helen Frowe, Jeff McMahan, Massimo Renzo, Zofia Stemplowska, and Elad Uzan

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