Check out this article from Scientific American about the Singularity University. The topics discussed are mind uploading, immortality, human enhancement, artificial intelligence, and the singularity. The singularity is the point in time when artificial intelligence becomes so smart that it escapes human control and begins to evolve on its own.
Philosophy Now is a philosophy magazine with some free articles and others accessible for a subscription fee. There are many free articles covering many contemporary problems in philosophy.
Homepage and latest issue: https://philosophynow.org/
Click on the “Free Articles” tab to see a list of free articles. I’ve given links for two of them below.
This article is about the ethics of using drugs that would enhance the feeling of love toward one’s marriage partner in order to eliminate adultery. The Brave New World is going to be awesome. https://philosophynow.org/issues/91/Love_and_Other_Drugs
This one is about atheism and the atheist’s need for evidence. This is a nice discussion of the nature of logic and argumentation in the context of religious belief. https://philosophynow.org/issues/78/Wheres_The_Evidence
Here is a good article on the idea of a multiverse (possible worlds) as an answer to the fine-tuning problem: https://philosophynow.org/issues/89/The_Multiverse_Conundrum This article might require a subscription, but I was able to read the entire article before returning to it and finding my access blocked.
Check out this website for some Trolley Problem experiments/surveys.
There are more experiments/surveys available at the homepage .
This new translation of Plato’s Crito is by Cathal Woods and Ryan Pack.
It is licensed through Creative Commons. I am excited about this translation because this licensing allows free and open access. One step closer to getting the textbook companies out of the picture.
Check out this post at Philosophical Disquisitions for a discussion of a new book by Derk Pereboom. The title of the book is Free Will, Agency, and Meaning in Life.
This contemporary philosopher is arguing that we do not have freedom in any important sense of the term.
As of 4 pm Tuesday, January 6, all 11 philosophy sections are full with no empty seats. That adds up to 238 students registered in philosophy classes at CFCC. A new record.
(Original Post) The Humanities and Fine Arts Department is currently offering 11 sections of Philosophy and planning to add one or two more in the second mini-session for Spring 2015. All of the sections are full or nearly full. We are currently offering PHI 215, PHI 230, and PHI 240.
The number of sections and the total number of students are historical highs for CFCC, and we still haven’t met the demand. It looks like a renaissance for Philosophy at CFCC. If you are interested in taking courses or majoring in Philosophy, please contact me (Dr. Brandon) with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, visit the UNC Wilmington Philosophy and Religion Department online.
This journal covers some of the most recent ideas in philosophy of mind. The first link is to the archive site where one can scroll down to “Full Text of Selected Articles” to access dozens of complete articles from the journal. The second link is the current home site of the journal.
Journal of Consciousness Studies (archive)
Journal of Consciousness Studies (Ingenta site)
With the release of the Senate report on the CIA’s torture program and the revelation that the CIA program was more extensive and more brutal than previously described, the ethical status of torture is once again a current issue. Here are some articles by David Luban, who has been writing about the ethical problems with torture for the last decade or so. I’ve also included a link to a paper about the use of torture in TV, especially the show “24”.
David Luban, “Liberalism, Torture, and the Ticking Bomb,” Virginia Law Review (2005)
David Luban, “Torture, American-Style,” The Washington Post (2005)
David Luban, “Torture and the Professions,” Georgetown Faculty Working Papers (2008)
The article is “Defining Dilemmas Down: the Case of 24,” John M. Parrish, Essays in Philosophy (2002)
This is a new theory about the metaphysics of the mind by Eric Schwitzgebel. Here is a link to his paper.
This paper is a novel and interesting, and not too difficult, discussion of materialism, dualism, and some other possible metaphysics of the mind.
The author also has a blog site, “The Splintered Mind,” that is worth checking out.
Should courts use brain scanning technology to evaluate the veracity of testimony? This is one of the questions discussed in a new post at Philosophical Disquisitions.