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Social-Change Games Can Help Us Understand the Public Health Choices We Face

Before there was the Covid-19 pandemic, there was Pandemic. This tabletop game, in which players collaborate to fight disease outbreaks, debuted in 2007. Expansions feature weaponized pathogens, historic pandemics, zoonotic diseases, and vaccine development races. Game mechanics modelled on pandemic vectors provide multiple narratives: battle, quest, detection, discovery. There is satisfaction in playing “against” disease–and winning. ¶ Societies globally are responding to Covid-19 under differing political and economic conditions. In the United States, these conditions include mass unemployment and entrenched social inequalities that drive health disparities by race, class, and neighborhood. Real pandemic is not as tidy as a game. But can games, and the immense appetite for them, support understanding about the societal challenges we now face? Yes. ¶ A well-designed game is structured as a flow chart or a decision tree. Games simulate challenges, require choices, and allow players to see the consequences of their decisions. Visual and narrative elements enhance these vicarious experiences. Game narratives can engage human capacities such as empathy, helping us to imagine the perspectives of people unlike ourselves. In The Waiting Game (2018), an award-winning digital single-player game designed by news outlets ProPublica and WNYC and game design firm Playmatics, the player starts by choosing one of five characters representing asylum seekers. The player is immersed in a day-by-day depiction of their character’s journey and experiences. Each “day,” the player must make a choice: give up or keep going? ¶ Games can also engage the moral imagination by prompting players to reflect... -

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AESTHETICS FOR DISTANT BIRDS, WORKSHOP #2: PROGRAM (& ONGOING CFA)

Aesthetics for Distant Birds: An Online Workshop Series Second Meeting – “High, Low, and Middle” Co-organizers: Aaron Meskin, Jonathan Neufeld, Thi Nguyen, and Alex King (that’s me) ¶ Thanks to everyone who submitted! We had a bunch of great submissions – and just because a paper hasn’t been selected for this round doesn’t mean that you won’t be selected for the next. ¶ We’ve put together a theme for the second workshop: “High, Low, and Middle.” This workshop will be held at 1:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time on June 25, i.e., next Thursday. Schedule ¶ As a reminder, each session will consist of a (strict) 10-minute presentation and a (strict) 10-minute Q&A. ¶ 1:30 – start ¶ 1:35 – “The Middlebrow: An Articulation and... -

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A Neurophilosophy of Two Technological Game-Changers: Synthetic Biology & Superintelligence

This is post six in a short-term series by Prof. Nayef Al-Rodhan titled “Neurophilosophy of Governance, Power and Transformative Innovations.” This series provides neurophilosophical perspectives and multi-disciplinary analyses on topics related to power and political institutions, as well as on a series of contemporary transformative technologies and their disruptive nature.... -

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Collingwood’s Aesthetics [Revised entry by Gary Kemp on July 2, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] R. G. Collingwood (1889 - 1943) was primarily a philosopher of history, a metaphysican and archaeologist, and considered his work in aesthetics - the principal work being his The Principles of Art (1938) - as secondary (for more about his general philosophy, see the entry on Robin George Collingwood). But the work in aesthetics has enjoyed a persistent readership that continues... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Generalizing supererogation My preferred way of understanding supererogation is that an action is supererogatory provided that it is permissible and more burdensome than some permissible alternative (see here for a defense). This suggests an interesting generalization. Let J denote an individual or a group (perhaps described relative to the agent). Then an action is J-supererogatory provided that it is is permissible and more burdensome for J than some permissible alternative. Then supererogatory actions are, in the new... Alexander Pruss -


AESTHETICS FOR DISTANT BIRDS, WORKSHOP #2: “HIGH, MIDDLE, AND LOW” [FULL VIDEO] Aesthetics for Distant Birds: An Online Workshop Series Second Meeting – “High, Middle, and Low” Co-organizers: Aaron Meskin, Jonathan Neufeld, Thi Nguyen, and Alex King (that’s me) If you missed the previous workshop (schedule here), you’re in luck! We recorded it! You can watch the whole thing below or on YouTube. The order of presentations is included below with timestamps. (Also, if you missed the first workshop, the video of that is available here.) 00:00... Aesthetics for Birds -


Social-Change Games Can Help Us Understand the Public Health Choices We Face Before there was the Covid-19 pandemic, there was Pandemic. This tabletop game, in which players collaborate to fight disease outbreaks, debuted in 2007. Expansions feature weaponized pathogens, historic pandemics, zoonotic diseases, and vaccine development races. Game mechanics modelled on pandemic vectors provide multiple narratives: battle, quest, detection, discovery. There is satisfaction in playing “against” disease–and winning. Societies globally are responding to Covid-19 under differing political and economic conditions. In the United States, these conditions include... Hastings Bioethics -


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A Neurophilosophy of Two Technological Game-Changers: Synthetic Biology & Superintelligence This is post six in a short-term series by Prof. Nayef Al-Rodhan titled “Neurophilosophy of Governance, Power and Transformative Innovations.” This series provides neurophilosophical perspectives and multi-disciplinary analyses on topics related to power and political institutions, as well as on a series of contemporary transformative technologies and their disruptive nature. The goal is to inspire […] Blog of the APA -


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Power and Influence: The Metaphysics of Reductive Explanation 2020.06.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard Corry, Power and Influence: The Metaphysics of Reductive Explanation, Oxford University Press, 2019, 240pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198840718. Reviewed by Kristina Engelhard, Technische Universität Dortmund Power and Influence is a strong contribution to the debate on dispositions and causal powers in metaphysics of science after its decline in the last few years following serious attacks. Corry strongly revitalises the field by suggesting a... Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews -


Natural Pedagogy and Emotions Gergely and other psychologists (Gergely – Unoka 2008) advance the hypothesis of cooperation between the natural pedagogy and the social biofeedback models. Their proposal takes into account the infant’s internalisation process of contingently “marked” emotion-mirroring displays. Such affective mirroring manifestations involve the infant’s generation of second-order representations of primary non-conscious affective self-states. These basic affective states are initially perceived by infants as being either positive or negative. Instead, second-order representations become cognitively accessible and allow... Brains Blog -


Art and Objects 2020.06.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Graham Harman, Art and Objects, Polity, 2020, 204pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781509512683. Reviewed by Casey Haskins, Purchase College, SUNY Who says that artistic formalism -- with its celebration of the art object's autonomy and disdain for worldly purposes, representations and tastes -- withered away under the assaults of postmodern cultural critique? Not Graham Harman, chief spokesman and main creator of the Speculative Realist spinoff... Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews -


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Plato’s Aesthetics [Revised entry by Nickolas Pappas on June 22, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] If aesthetics is the philosophical inquiry into art and beauty (or "aesthetic value"), the striking feature of Plato's dialogues is that he devotes as much time as he does to both topics and yet treats them oppositely. Art, mostly as represented by poetry, is closer to a greatest danger than any other phenomenon Plato speaks of, while beauty is close to... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


Sovereignty [Revised entry by Daniel Philpott on June 22, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Sovereignty, though its meanings have varied across history, also has a core meaning, supreme authority within a territory. It is a modern notion of political authority. Historical variants can be understood along three dimensions - the holder of sovereignty, the absoluteness of sovereignty, and the internal and external dimensions of sovereignty. The state is the political institution in which sovereignty is... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


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On Primary Computation Primary computation is not a particular kind of being. Nor can it be identified with being in itself. Primary computation is potentiality and considered in itself it is pure potentiality. Here I am thinking of primary computation in a similar way that Aristotle explains that "by matter I mean that which, not being a 'this' actually, is potentially a 'this' (Aristotle, Aristotle Book VIII). For primary computation alone has only potential existence and that without... Stunlaw -