- How not to kill yourself — NPR’s Terry Gross interviews philosopher Clancy Martin (Missouri-Kansas City), a survivor of ten suicide attempts
- “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)
- Videos of sessions of the Online Benefit Conference for Ukraine — Donations are still being accepted
- “The idea of ironic appreciation is puzzling, if not outright paradoxical” — Alex King (Simon Fraser) on what it means to like something ironically
- Another 12 philosophers on LLMs like ChatGPT — once again compiled by Ahmed Bouzid, at Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
- “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)
- “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)
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