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  1. “Their main take about us seems to be that we’re pedantic nerds who are making it harder for them to give no fucks and enjoy an uninterrupted path to profit” — the ideas and lives of AI “doomers” and AI “accelerationists”, whose circles include a few philosophers
  2. “Israel should… minimise further death and suffering in Gaza. The international community should push Israel in that direction—if need be, forcefully” — David Enoch (Oxford/Hebrew U.) follows up on his earlier commentary
  3. “Many philosophical doctrines can actually seem crazy” — Alexandre Billon (Lille) discusses whether this indicates a problem with common sense or with philosophical method
  4. Voltaire and Diderot “allegedly drank 50 cups of coffee per day” — that one line is my excuse for putting this 5 minute video on the history of coffee here
  5. “I’ve been in the middle of writing a chapter… [and] the best thing is that the Tournament of Champions has given me an excuse to go past the original deadline” — Ben Chan (St. Norbert College) is a finalist for the Jeopardy! 2024 Tournament of Champions
  6. If you look online for evidence about what today’s teens are like, remember that all you’re seeing is what *some* of them are like *online* — philosophy students and younger professors on the hasty generalizations and other problems with a recent NYT article on teen subcultures
  7. Beyond words: ChatGPT’s visual interpretation of the PhilPapers survey questions — Kelly Truelove has ChatGPT explain the questions, prompt DALL-E to represent their possible answers in artworks, and then explain the artworks

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.

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Patrick S. O'Donnell
1 month ago

This may be of interest to some philosophers (professional or not) as well some students of philosophy: Essential Titles on Narrative & Narrativity (with related addendum and apologia on ‘democratic societies and science’):