Mini-Heap


Seven new links…

  1. “Having a higher sense of purpose appears protective against all-cause mortality,” according to a recent study — or to put it another way: a purpose of purpose in life is life
  2. “I take these to be the most important human achievements — language, literacy, human rights and the spread of these things — but I think our next level up is for everyone to have the conceptual framework for their own life be open to them for modification and reflection” — Agnes Callard (Chicago) interviewed about her life and work
  3. “Concepts of philosophical interest vary across cultures, ages, generations, genders, and socio-economics status” — a video summing up some of the results of the Geography of Philosophy Project, via Edouard Machery (interesting also as an example of philosophy research PR)
  4. “Even if it were possible, to build infallible memory into machines would mean forgoing some of the important benefits of forgetting” — Ali Boyle (LSE) on why it’s important that AI learns to forget
  5. “Did any parent ever say to their toddler, ‘The dog… now I can say that because there is exactly one member of that species that is salient to us at the present moment…’? I doubt even Russell did that. But young children learn to use definite descriptions just the same” — an interview with Paul Elbourne (Oxford)
  6. “Successful social movements have frequently—and appropriately—drawn on the socially transformative possibilities of imagination to help make space for justice” — Michele Moody-Adams (Columbia) on the connection between imagination and political life
  7. “In an overheated debate, your fatigue may lead you to misinterpret the situation and believe that your opponent is too dim or too deluded to see the truth… We humbly suggest that sometimes it’s not them; it’s you” — Nathan Ballantyne (Arizona State) and Jared Celniker and Peter Ditto (UC Irvine) on “persuasion fatigue”

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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