The latest additions to the Heap of Links…

  1. “Schelling’s philosophy of oneness might provide a foundation on which to anchor the fight for our climate and our survival” — historian Andrea Wulf thinks that Friedrich Schelling is just what the environmental movement needs (NYT)
  2. Philosophy professor Robert Pinto (Windsor), who died in 2019, was “one of tens of thousands of residents in Canadian long-term care homes without a psychosis diagnosis that have been prescribed antipsychotics” — some commentary from Shelley Tremain, who links to a CBC investigative report
  3. “We have to get used to the idea that there may be agents around who are just as intelligent and capable and involved and… committed or reliable as humans and that we need to think about how they matter” — Peter Railton (Michigan) is interviewed by Katrien Devolder (Oxford) about how we should understand and interact with AI
  4. How “dialogically dense” are different works of philosophy? — a machine learning algorithm can determine the extent to which an author mentions other persons, and Alexander Klein (McMaster) used it to compare the works of James and Dewey
  5. “If we take Tolkien at his word and read LTR as a ‘true mythology’ of our own earth, then we will find that the text metamorphoses chillingly from a quaint otherworldly fantasy into a literal transcription of one of the most malignant ideologies of the past millennium: the racist ‘Aryan Myth’” — a previously unpublished piece by the late Charles Mills (now unpaywalled)
  6. “We must be mindful of the way scientific and political discourses are intertwined—and of the limitations of what science communication and popularization by itself can achieve” — evidence suggests that anti-science attitudes among the public aren’t owed to a lack of knowledge, but a lack of trust, write Catarina Dutilh Novaes (VU Amsterdam) and Silvia Ivani (Univ. College Dublin)
  7. “If a lion could speak, we could not understand him.” But what about a dolphin? — a professor of cognitive psychology, a neuroscientist, and a neurobiologist discuss dolphin language

Discussion welcome.

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. 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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