- “Psychologists have overlooked the extent to which ordinary people make decisions by taking onboard their evidence because they have focused on first-order evidence alone. They have ignored higher-order evidence.” — “Bad Beliefs” by Neil Levy (Oxford), a defense of human rationality, is the subject of an open-access symposium at Philosophical Psychology
- “The session began to feel far more like a meeting of co-conspirators than a traditional philosophy talk” — Zara Anwarzai (Indiana Bloomington) on a recent APA event about organizing academic labor
- Stanford University researchers created 25 virtual agents (?) with backstories, the capacity to form new memories, and a kind of LLM-based capacity for “actions” — Simon Goldstein (Dianoia) and Cameron Domenico Kirk-Giannini (Rutgers) guide us through the questions this raises
- “Candide” was the result of Voltaire’s engagement with Leibniz. Who was his “Micromégas,” about? — two figures, says Adam Roberts: one an object of satire, another an object of admiration
- “Skeptics insist the public pose of objectivity is a ruse that conceals… subjectivity… What they don’t grasp is that the public protocol, the ‘front stage’ performance, has power. — Neutrality may be a fiction, says Kwame Anthony Appiah (NYU), but its performance creates a world-changing reality—for the better
- “I am not against prestige in professional philosophy…,” says Eric Schliesser — “But from the perspective of the epistemic (and social) needs of the discipline and profession, it is a mistake to have excessive selectivity in philosophy journal publication help produce or coincide with that prestige.”
- Elizabeth Anderson (Michigan) joins the blogosphere as one of the writers at Crooked Timber — her first post is on the right to abortion
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