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Philosophy Twitter, YouTube, & Podcasts Over The Past Decade (guest post by Kelly Truelove)

The following is a guest post by Kelly Truelove, who keeps an eye on social media trends for a few academic disciplines at his site, TrueSciPhi. Philosophy Twitter, YouTube, & Podcasts Over The Past Decade by Kelly Truelove ¶ Social media grew enormously in the 2010s. This post presents a small assortment of statistics regarding philosophy in the contexts of Twitter, YouTube, and podcasting over the decade. ¶ Twitter ¶ For several years, I’ve maintained a list of philosophers who have over 1,000 followers (see earlier post for background). The number of accounts on the list has grown steadily, with the rate of additions noticeably increasing in 2019. Interestingly, the number of accounts with over 10,000 followers today is near the number with over 1,000 followers seven years ago. In short, 10K is the new 1K. ¶ ¶ How long does it take to reach 1,000 followers, and how has this changed? Because follower growth generally depends on tweeting activity, and because activity varies among individuals, it is useful to answer in terms of tweet count as opposed to time. The median number of tweets by philosophers at the point of passing 1,000 followers has varied between 2,000 and 4,000 since 2013, holding steady at the lower end of that range the last few years. The median tweet count upon reaching 10,000 followers shows more variation, bouncing between 5,000 and 15,000, but this is based on data from far fewer accounts (under a dozen per year). In any event, 10K usually arrives at... -

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The Mysterious Reappearance of Consciousness

I recently published an article on IAI News criticizing the bizarre notion—called ‘eliminativism’ or ‘illusionism’ in philosophy—that phenomenal consciousness, experience itself, with its felt qualities, doesn’t actually exist. This position is held, among others, by Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano, who has published a reply to my essay, to which this article is a response.Let me start by saying that I appreciate Graziano’s willingness to engage; this is the only way that we will slowly inch our way towards clarity and—hopefully—some level of consensus regarding the nature of consciousness. It is also in the same spirit that I offer this rejoinder, for—as attentive readers will have noticed—Graziano’s reply doesn’t require a reaction: if anything, it unintentionally strengthens and confirms my original criticisms, making my own points... -

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Problems with Philosophy on Facebook

“What happens and what should a philosopher do if the academic community massively has moved on to making its informal engagements happen on one platform, specifically, Facebook?” ¶ So asks Helen De Cruz (Saint Louis University) in a post at The Philosophers’ Cocoon.  ¶ ¶ De Cruz takes it for... -

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Problems with Philosophy on Facebook “What happens and what should a philosopher do if the academic community massively has moved on to making its informal engagements happen on one platform, specifically, Facebook?” So asks Helen De Cruz (Saint Louis University) in a post at The Philosophers’ Cocoon.  De Cruz takes it for granted that the philosophical community has in fact “massively… moved on to making its informal engagements” on Facebook. I’m skeptical. I would bet that the overwhelming majority of academic philosophers would answer “none... Daily Nous -


Two Recent Podcasts about Automation and Utopia The never-ending podcast tour for Automation and Utopia continues. Two more have been released in the past week. You can check them out at the links below:Machine Ethics Podcast Episode 38 - An interview with Ben Byford about the book and, also, about my views on the moral standing of robots/AI. Ben's podcast is excellent and I recommend checking out some of his previous episodes (44 mins).Philosophy 24/7 'A World Without Work' - An interview... Philosophical Disquisitions -


Philosophy Twitter, YouTube, & Podcasts Over The Past Decade (guest post by Kelly Truelove) The following is a guest post by Kelly Truelove, who keeps an eye on social media trends for a few academic disciplines at his site, TrueSciPhi. Philosophy Twitter, YouTube, & Podcasts Over The Past Decade by Kelly Truelove Social media grew enormously in the 2010s. This post presents a small assortment of statistics regarding philosophy in the contexts of Twitter, YouTube, and podcasting over the decade. Twitter For several years, I’ve maintained a list of philosophers... Daily Nous -


Night of Philosophy and Ideas 2020 The annual “Night of Philosophy & Ideas” events will be taking place around the world over the weekend of January 31st – February 2nd, 2020. In over 200 locations around the world, these events will bring philosophy and various intellectual and artistic pursuits to the public in the form of an overnight party. Locations of the 2020 Night of Philosophy & Ideas Events. You can search to learn more about the events taking place near... Daily Nous -


How Familiarity with Philosophy Impacts Moral Decision Making Stephanie Brown, an undergraduate at Williams College majoring in philosophy and psychology, is completing a senior thesis on moral psychology, including “how familiarity with philosophy impacts moral decision making,” and she is seeking responses to a brief survey from people with Ph.D.s in philosophy. Laurie Frick, Portrait Test paintings Ms. Brown writes: This survey takes 3-5 minutes, and completing the survey provides you with a 5% chance of winning a 100 dollar Amazon gift card. We would greatly... Daily Nous -


Mini-Heap New Mini-Heap! “One thing I believe in, to the bottom of my heart, is that we should elect more scientists to the US Congress” — Martha Nussbaum (Chicago) is interviewed about her work and politics in The Nation On the Cofnas paper, “the latest entry into the jam-tomorrow-never-jam-today of RDI [Race Difference in Intelligence]” research — John Jackson (Michigan State) on how RDI research “was never about pure science,” but embedded in an “ugly history” of racist... Daily Nous -


APA Member Interview: Christopher A. Riddle Christopher A. Riddle is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Utica College, where he is also the Director of the Applied Ethics Institute. He works in political philosophy and applied ethics, with a focus on the experience of disability. What is your favorite thing that you’ve written? I’ve written a few articles on assisted dying and its […] Blog of the APA -


The Mysterious Reappearance of Consciousness I recently published an article on IAI News criticizing the bizarre notion—called ‘eliminativism’ or ‘illusionism’ in philosophy—that phenomenal consciousness, experience itself, with its felt qualities, doesn’t actually exist. This position is held, among others, by Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano, who has published a reply to my essay, to which this article is a response.Let me start by saying that I appreciate Graziano’s willingness to engage; this is the only way that we will slowly inch... IAI.tv -


Latest News, including even some jobs Here’s the latest news, all with deadlines approaching very quickly. If you’re hoping to close a gap between your aspirations and your achievements, don’t put off reading this email for too long! The University of Groningen is advertising a four-year postdoc in the history of philosophy, to be associated with the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought. Application deadline is January 30, 2020. KU Leuven is inviting applicants for a position associated with the... In medias PHIL -


Companion to Wisdom Literature Due to drop in March — featuring of course, Philo of Alexandria. fourth gospelhellenismJewish Identitylogosphilo of alexandriaPlatoseptuagintwisdom literature Man Without Qualities -


The Precarity of Utopia: The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota continues to be a series that is obviously brilliant whether I understand it or not (and I often don't). How could I not love this third book in the series, where the reader is enlisted into a dialogue with Thomas Hobbes in the 25th century?I loved the world building and the historical consciousness introduced in the first book. I enjoyed delving further into the world and deeper thoughts about gender in... Examined Worlds -


THE OLD BOY HAS STILL GOT IT I started today preparing my first lecture on Book I of Hume's Treatise, for videotaping February 5th.  As I was typing the outline of my opening remarks, a lovely idea struck me regarding Hume's relation to Kant.  It was an idea that had not occurred to me in the 67 years since I first formulated my rather original and counter-intuitive story about their philosophical relationship.  So these lectures will not merely be a stroll down... The Philosopher’s Stone -


Can Stoicism Help Us Live Well? Forthcoming Bust of Seneca I have written extensively about Stoicism but lately, I’ve been researching it extensively. The goal of my research is to distill the essence of Stoic wisdom as it pertains to helping people live well—primarily by achieving inner peace. Then I’d like to share these insights in easy to understand language. In other words, I’d like to write a short essay that someone can read and say, “I understand Stoic wisdom and I... Reason and Meaning -


Prize Competition: Feminist analytic theology  Thanks to funding from the American Philosophical Association’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Fund, the editors of the Journal of Analytic Theology are pleased to announce a prize competition for the best paper in feminist analytic theology. We understand feminist analytic theology in a broad sense to also include intersectional perspectives. Every eligible submission will be considered […] Blog of the APA -


The video on Heidegger and Miyazaki that's circulating is worth the download. Especially if you're a fan of both. And who isn't? Enowning -


laugh of the week My high school-aged nephew in Portland found a web biography that did get my name and birthdate correct. However, it also included this absurdity: “He is one of richest Philosophers born in United States. Estimated net worth: $104 million.” It even lists Forbes as one of the sources verifying my vast wealth! Even better was this follow-up sentence: “He earned his money from being a professional Philosopher.” [ADDENDUM: I just checked $104 million against a... Object Oriented Philosophy -


Interpreting Averroes: Critical Essays 2020.01.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Adamson and Matteo Di Giovanni (eds.), Interpreting Averroes: Critical Essays, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 262pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107114883. Reviewed by Fouad Ben Ahmed, Al-Qarawiyine University, Rabat Despite Ibn Rushd's fame and the abundance of writings about him, many aspects of his thought have not yet been, or are just beginning to be, studied in detail. This general impression emerges from reading at... Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews -


Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at ACU Hires 7 More Faculty The Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University, which was launched in March, 2019, has recently made five more full-time, permanent, research-only appointments and an additional two part-time honorary appointments. Ben Sheers, “Sleeper” The new permanent appointments are: Sam Carter, currently a Ph.D. student at Rutgers, hired as a Research Fellow J. Dimitri Gallow, currently assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, hired as a Senior Research Fellow Clayton Littlejohn, currently professor of philosophy at... Daily Nous -


Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science The Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science (BSCS) is an undergraduate study abroad program for students from the US and other countries aimed at broadening their understanding of cognitive science from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lecturers of the Program are distinguished experts with noteworthy international research and teaching experience. The host of BSCS is Eotvos University, the country’s prime research unversity. The program has 15+ years of experience. It runs every Fall semester. Applications are due April... Brains Blog -