Mini-Heap


What has been added to the Heap of Links recently, you ask?

  1. What are real-world moral dilemmas about? — a research team analyzed 100,000 “Am I The Asshole?” posts to find out
  2. “Taking the simulation hypothesis seriously means accepting that the creator might be a sadistic adolescent gamer about to unleash Godzilla” — Some people think learning that we’re simulated beings in a simulated world should make no difference to us; Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) disagrees
  3. Filmmaker Errol Morris claimed that Thomas Kuhn threw an ashtray at him and kicked him out of the graduate program at Princeton — but, argues K. Brad Wray (Aarhus), there are reasons to be doubtful of these claims
  4. “Reserving the word ‘rational’ for something like coherence seems to me to be a waste of a perfectly good word” — Juan Comesaña (Arizona, soon Rutgers) is interviewed at 3:16AM
  5. Music by philosophers, for philosophers, about philosophy: the 21st Century Monads have a new album coming out — you can pre-order it by making a donation to a charity of your choosing, as Joshua Spencer (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and a puppet explain
  6. Researchers test GPT-3’s “capacity to produce short, coherent essays on philosophical themes” — “any suggestions that GPT-3 may mark the dawn of a new era of synthetic philosophy, or the twilight of the traditional one, are simply not justified.”
  7. A discussion of “Epistemic Explanations” — Ernest Sosa (Rutgers) talks about his recent book with several commentators in the latest episode of “Philosopher Meets Critics”

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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