New additions to the Heap…
- Map apps “have a colossal influence on our experience of the surrounding world” but “rarely come under public scrutiny” — that’s a mistake, argues Benjamin Santos Genta (UC Irvine)
- “I have tried to uncover and unite the truth buried and scattered under the opinions of all the different philosophical sects, and I believe I have added something of my own which takes a few steps forward” — Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz is “interviewed” at 3:16AM
- New: “a forum where scholars and the general public interested in biology, cognitive science, ecology and philosophy of science can engage in a constructive interdisciplinary dialogue” — check out “Dialectical Systems”
- Book sales figures are tracked by BookScan, a private, exclusive service that bans academics from using its data — “The toxic combination of this data’s power in the industry and its secretive inaccessibility to those beyond the industry reveals a broader problem. If we want to understand the contemporary literary world, we need better book data. And we need this data to be free, open, and interoperable”
- 25 interviews with philosophers and more on the way — The Dialexicon Podcast is available on Spotify, Apple, and elsewhere, and in video form on YouTube
- “Sensations are ideas. They are the way our brains represent what’s happening at our sense organs and how we feel about it” — what can a psychologist’s attempt to “work out how a biological machine like the brain could carry out this feat of representation” tell us about human and animal consciousness?
- “It’s amazing how much… compassion and respect for other people, concern for others, is a kind of path out of one’s own sense of loneliness” — Kieran Setiya (MIT) is interviewed about his new book, “Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way” on NPR
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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