Recent links…

  1. How not to kill yourself — NPR’s Terry Gross interviews philosopher Clancy Martin (Missouri-Kansas City), a survivor of ten suicide attempts
  2. “If a womb is too cold and the embryo poorly nourished… it becomes female.” Also, “the more powerful a person’s sexual activity is, the quicker they will shed eyelashes” — sexism (and other oddities) in Aristotle’s account of human reproduction, from Emily Thomas (Durham)
  3. Videos of sessions of the Online Benefit Conference for UkraineDonations are still being accepted
  4. “The idea of ironic appreciation is puzzling, if not outright paradoxical” — Alex King (Simon Fraser) on what it means to like something ironically
  5. Another 12 philosophers on LLMs like ChatGPT — once again compiled by Ahmed Bouzid, at Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
  6. “It gives us a sense of how messy philosophy is and how diverse philosophers’ views are because we don’t see large clusters or patterns emerge despite our best efforts to group similar respondents together” — a heatmap of PhilPapers survey responses, from David Bourget (Western)
  7. “Technological solutionism is the mistaken belief that we can make great progress on alleviating complex dilemmas, if not remedy them entirely, by reducing their core issues to simpler engineering problems” — it’s rampant, seductive, and “one of the worst forms of overstatement,” according to Evan Selinger (RIT)

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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