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Compelled Speech: Okay for Football Players But Not For Bakers?

¶ ¶ Cornell Law Professor Michael Dorf weighs in here.

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The Journal of Mind and Behavior: New Issue : Here is the latest issue of JMB – Volume 38, Number 1, Winter 2017   Cognitive sciencejournal of mind and behaviorneurosciencephilosophical psychologyPhilosophy of mind ...
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Social Media And The Training Of Our Minds: by Samir Chopra One fine morning, as I walked along a Brooklyn sidewalk to my gym, heading for my 8AM workout, I saw a young woman walking straight at me, her face turned away, attending to some ma ... 3 Quarks Daily -

Hidden Figure: Review of ‘The Forgotten Genius of Oliver Heaviside’ by Basil Mahon: by Ali Minai A few years ago, while introducing my class of electrical engineering students to information theory, I said that we lived today in a world crea ...
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perceptions: Bingyi Wanwu. Metamorphosis, 2013. More here, and here. ...
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(Almost) no natural disasters are natural: by Thomas R. Wells A natural disaster is a disaster because it involves a lot of human suffering, not because the event itself is especially big or spectacular. The destruction of an uninhabited isl ...
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BACK OF THE ENVELOPE CALCULATION: Is the US economy sufficiently productive so that an absolutely equal distribution of Gross National Income to the 330 million Americans would offer each worker enough so that he or she would be willing to do ... The Philosopher’s Stone -

Compelled Speech: Okay for Football Players But Not For Bakers?
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Locke's Philosophy of Science: [Revised entry by Hylarie Kochiras on September 25, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Locke has been widely hailed for providing an epistemological foundation for the experimental science ...
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A RESPONSE TO SOME INTERESTING COMMENTS: My remarks about Rawls sparked a quite interesting flurry of comments. There is one point I want to make in response. LFC says, “if in fact there are no inequalities that will work to the advantage o ...
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Asking Questions at Talks and in Seminars
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Is it Ethical for Scientists to Create Nonhuman Primates with Brain Disorders?: In early 2016, Nature published a letter from a group of Chinese researchers reporting that they had created rhesus macaques with “autism-like” behaviors. The mac ... Hastings Bioethics -

You Should Read This Book: Joyce Havstad writes...Martin J. S. Rudwick’s The Great Devonian Controversy: The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists (1985) is a spectacular book. I’ve been searching for a long tim ...
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On The Moral Psychology of Social Media: When one researches within the domain of moral psychology their aim is mostly to investigate human functioning within a specific or general moral context. These investigations may impact wider debates ... A Philosopher's Take -

A metafísica paradoxal dos outros: Hand-out of my presentation in Anarchai today:A metafísica paradoxal dos outrosHilan BensusanMetafísica e os outros: o mundo externo, a fundamentação de alguma coisa em outra, as relações de dependência e in ...
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James Comey Don’t Give a Shit

Many of you will have seen the viral video, “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger.” If not (or if you need a refresher) watch it now: Many of you will have also followed the news. Anyway, thanks to Dan of Xark for the script on which the following is based. This post is dedicated to Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare. James Comey Don’t Give a Shit This is the James Comey. Watch it run in slow motion. It’s pretty badass. Look. It runs all over the place. “Whoa! Watch out!” says that Republican. Eew, it’s got a Democrat! Oh! It’s chasing a Republican! Oh my gosh! Oh, the James Comey is just crazy! The James Comey has been referred to by Benjamin Wittes as “the only truly subtextless man I’ve met working in senior levels of government in Washington.” It really doesn’t give a shit. If it’s hungry, it’s hungry. Eew! What’s that in its mouth? Oh, it’s got an illegal NSA program? Oh, it runs backwards? Now watch ... Read More ›

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Editor-in-chief of The Daily Ant Liveblogs Templeton Foundation Ceremony Honoring Philosopher Alvin Plantinga
The Daily Ant is an online magazine that features premier ant content, including but not limited to their “Philosophy Phriday” series (see here for the updated list of contributions). Tonight, the editor-in-chief of The Daily...Read More ›

Mooch Monday: Sackful O’ Ants
Here is a guest post I did for The Daily Ant. Yours, Boshua The Daily Ant Very few things have nothing to do with ants, and Anthony Scaramucci (or, as he is known in the adult cartoon we call reality, “The Mooch”) is no exception. Many ...Read More ›

Recently (although it feels like it’s been an eternity), a figure has entered into our public sphere and has shaken many of us with a demonstrable lack of competence, circumspection, honesty, and seemingly without any sense of pers...Read More ›

Some reactions to Laura Kipnis, “Eyewitness to a Title IX Witch Trial”
Last month the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) published an excerpt from Unwanted Advances by Northwestern Professor Laura Kipnis. Below are four or so aspects of the excerpt that puzzled me or that I find objectionable, partly in th...Read More ›

Moral Fact Check: What Trump Got Morally Wrong at His Rally
President Trump was in Melbourne, Florida for a campaign-style rally on February 18th. Here is the video: Based on the transcript provided by Vox, I’ll provide a brief recounting of some of what Trump said, along with the moral fa...Read More ›

Bataille – À perte de vue

My teacher, mentor, and friend: Richard Harry Adler, 1922-2017: by Syed Tasnim Raza Syed Tasnim Raza & Richard Harry Adler It was late October 1971. My brother-in-law, Dr. Tariq Khan and I were interviewing together for residency tr ...
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CATSPEAK: by Brooks Riley ...
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The US and North Korea: Posturing v pragmatism: by Emrys Westacott On September 19, Donald Trump spoke before the UN general assembly. Addressing the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, he said that the US "if it is forced ...
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STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH EU? "CENTRISM" IN THE UK AND BEYOND: bby Richard King When the writer Paul Mason was booked to appear at the annual conference of Progress earlier this year, he was more or less assured a rough reception. Progress, a ...
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Beuys in I Like America & America Likes Me
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The art of molting: Justin E. H. Smith: Many animals, not just humans, generate objects that resemble their generators. In most cases these objects are not held to be works of art, however, since they are not made for the sake of resemblance ...
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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning: Natalie Wolchover in Quanta: Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures and help make ...
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Mathematical Platonist Universalism, consistency, and causal finitism: Mathematical Platonists say that sets and numbers exist. But there is a standard epistemological problem: How do we have epistemic access to the sets to the extent of know...
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Appiah on the “Actual Practice of Philosophy”
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Descartes Did Not Invent Modern Philosophy
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What Are You Reading…On Marriage: Commitment is a powerful thing. The moment we make a commitment—whether it is to another person, an institution, an ideology, or something else—our lives become reoriented. While many people, from the Ancient...
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Wilfrid Sellars and the Foundations of Normativity: 2017.09.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Olen, Wilfrid Sellars and the Foundations of Normativity, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 240pp., $109.00, ISBN 978113752...
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MORNING THOUGHTS: A bit more than two years ago, on July 12, 2015, in a post discussing John Rawls’ well-known theory of justice, I introduced the notion of an inequality surplus, which I suggested lies at the heart of that theory. On my wal... The Philosopher’s Stone -

Enowning: In the Guardian, Erling Kagge pines for silence. Silence is about rediscovering, through pausing, the things that bring us joy. My children hardly pause any more. They are always accessible, and almost always busy. “Everyone is the other,...
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How to Build an Immaterial Computer
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Debating debates, with men (just men): From Philos-l: The Philosophy Faculty at the New College of the Humanities (NCH) and the Duesseldorf Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (DCLPS) are pleased to announced the one-day workshop: Deba ...
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Hume’s Political Theory (Part 3 of 3)
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What’s the point of university?: I’m teaching my first Great Christian Thinkers class on Friday, and because it’s meant to be a course that orients my students to their degree as a whole and we’re opening on the theme of  ...
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Why Three Pound Brain Matters (Perhaps Too Much): Why do I bother? I wonder sometimes whether this question occurs to me as much as it should. I read, and I write, and I read, and I write, and nothing I do makes a whit of bloody difference to ...
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I'll be Talking at the Serpentine Marathon:, the title is such perfect timing for Humankind: “Guest, Ghost, Host, Machine”?! They could have been chapter titles!London, October 7!The description is ace:The 2017 Marathon brings together ...
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