Latest additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. “It’s hard not to feel that the machine is thinking in some meaningful way” — NYT article on what large language models are doing, and what they’re doing when they’re doing it
  2. “The story of Mary Hesse shows how quickly even well-known women from our recent past can vanish from the collective memory of their peers” — Ann-Sophie Barwich (Indiana) on the mechanisms of “collective forgetting” that have erased women from the history of philosophy of science
  3. The “cultural wilderness” of bad movies — 7 philosophers comment on a book by Matt Strohl (Montana) on movies that “fall outside the scope of culturally constructed notions of artistic seriousness”
  4. “How is it not a ‘fallacy’ to feel guilty about something for which you are not blameworthy?” — John Martin Fischer (UCR) takes up this question and related ones about individual moral responsibility in regard to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in an interview
  5. Do non-human animals have moral experiences? — James Hutton (Edinburgh) on the philosophy and science relevant to that question
  6. AI-created portraits of philosophers in the style of Maurice Sendak — some fun with a new AI art generator
  7. “Relying upon adjunct labor is wrong, because it is cruel” — Alexandra Bradner explains the “useless, unnecessary, and preoccupying disorder it brings to a person’s mind, family, and community”

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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2 years ago

Bizarre comment in the Fischer interview: “the English philosopher Bernard Williams (recently passed away)”. Huh??

Disappointed postdoc
2 years ago

I wonder if Daily Nous might be interested in the fact that, going by names alone, approximately 94% of the consulting editors for Phil Studies are men? (31/33)

Brian T Edwards
2 years ago

I highly recommend adding the following rebuttal to the NYTimes piece on language models written by University of Washington professor Emily Bender to the next Mini Heap.

On NYTimes Magazine on AI: Resist the Urge to be Impressed