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Latest links…

  1. Publish or perish: high school edition — some high schoolers (whose parents can afford it) are producing “published” “research” to get into college (via Andy Lamey)
  2. “Phenomenal realism seems so obviously plausible [but] it has so little going for it apart from its obviousness” — this makes it an especially vulnerable thesis, argues Daniel Pallies (Lingnan) at his new blog
  3. “To be an addict is to be vulnerable to what I call the ‘bear-trap model of punishment’” — T. Virgil Murthy (CMU) interviewed about addiction and being an alcoholic philosopher when “alcohol is everywhere in the philosophy world”
  4. Analytic and Continental philosophy had this in common: they were “obsessed with language” — Crispin Sartwell (Dickinson) on the linguistic turn and the “turn away from the linguistic turn”
  5. What the AI image generator Midjourney “thinks” professors look like — by discipline
  6. “As a student, the assumption I’ve encountered among authority figures is that if an essay is written with the help of ChatGPT, there will be some sort of evidence” — “In reality, it’s very easy to use AI to do the lion’s share of the thinking while still submitting work that looks like your own”
  7. “Abstract objects are objects that can’t enter into causal relations. If you believe in them, you must suppose that reality divides into two radically different realms” — an interview with Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame) at 3:16AM

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. Thank you.

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