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When Tennis Ruled the World, Cardiacs, Shawarma, and More

An amazing documentary on the era in which “Tennis Ruled the World.”  Watching it explains everything about why the sport has become so dull and has lost so much of its public impact. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssuwOH-HWjc An almost inhuman one-man performance of Genesis songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V7Dqf-FQL4&t=0s&list=FLQzxHWvrODrO9oA35PHXsIQ&index=22 A treasure-trove of papers for free download, by P.M.S. Hacker, one of the best living philosophers (and […]

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Science, Fantasy and Religion

by Mark English Maybe I have read just one too many articles promoting the so-called simulation hypothesis. Maybe I have seen just one too many populist videos purportedly dealing with scientific topics but which, in order to maximize audience numbers, manage to leave all the hard and interesting stuff out and focus instead on presentational style (including colorful and virtually […]

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Bad genes? Or bad genetics?

by E. John Winner The following shouldn’t be seen as a condemnation of genetic research, which has proven invaluable in understanding evolution, epidemiology, breeding of better food sources, etc. But there is still a holdover from the era of eugenics that some cling to: the hope that genetics can be used to determine the differences in behavior of individuals of […]

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What is it Like to be a Philosopher?, Mass Effect, Israeli-Style Hummus, and More

Interview with our own Dan Kaufman, over at What is it Like to Be a Philosopher? http://www.whatisitliketobeaphilosopher.com/ Conor Friedersdorf’s take on Cathy Newman’s disastrous interview with Prof. Jordan Peterson, on Britain’s Channel 4, gets at the heart of what is wrong with contemporary public discourse. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/putting-monsterpaint-onjordan-peterson/550859/ Ian Ground on Why Wittgenstein Matters, at the Royal Institute of Philosophy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYRyt5jqsk In […]

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Goods, Attitudes and Some Alleged Duties (to Animals and Other Things)

by Daniel A. Kaufman My friend and colleague Elizabeth Foreman has introduced a new version of an agent-centered moral philosophy, according to which the relevant locus of moral assessment is our attitudes, which can be either morally “appropriate” or “inappropriate,” depending on certain “normative facts” about their objects.  Her main interest in developing this account is to deploy it in […]

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