Mini-Heap


New links…

  1. The science and ethics of de-extinction — a conversation between Christopher Lean (Sydney) and Kate Lynch (Melbourne) on The Philosopher’s Zone
  2. It “decided” that “the implausible, and admittedly harder, journey she lived through was too much of an outlier for its probability-dependent processing… and simply filled the gaps with untrue but more statistically reasonable events” — how ChatGPT summarized one philosopher’s life exemplifies how it is an “eraser of the implausible”
  3. “Had it not been for his All Souls enemies it’s quite possible he would never have produced a book” — the story of the making of Derek Parfit’s Reasons and Persons
  4. Is intellectual humility the antidote to life’s absurdity? — on certainty, mistakes, and the absurd (and lobsters, insects, AI, meteors, and sitcoms) 
  5. “Diagnosis: Grad School” — a documentary podcast series exploring the many challenges disabled academics deal with inside academic institutions 
  6. A philosopher asks ChatGPT, “Which UK philosophers have been accused of sexual harassment?” — the answers lead César Palacios-González (Oxford) to think there are certain types of questions to which the LLM ought not be allowed to respond 
  7. Science and pseudoscience — Craig Callender (UC San Diego) is interviewed about the topic, which he teaches a course on

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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