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.
“The Crazyist Metaphysics of Mind”
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.
The Splintered Mind
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.
Check out Review the Future, a website with podcasts, at http://reviewthefuture.com/
The podcasts discuss issues at the intersection of philosophy and emerging technology.
The PHI 215 Honors section is discussing intelligent design today. For a quick introduction to this topic, I suggest the following Internet Encyclopedia Article.
Design Arguments for the Existence of God
Here is a link to a blog post of a very timely discussion about consent and sexual activity. Some states have recently passed laws on this issue, and these topics are much discussed on college campuses right now.
Yes Means Yes
California Enacts Yes Means Yes Law
I bought this book at the New Hanover County Library book sale for $1. It was first published in 1985. It was well worth the price. The book, written by physicist Richard P. Feynman, is a very humorous series of stories about his life as a scientist. But, the real value of the book is the portrait it draws of a person who is dedicated to the discovery of the truth about the world. Professor Feynman had an unquenchable curiosity that led him to inquiry about nearly anything that he encountered from ants to locks to atomic theory to sense-deprivation tanks. Yet, his inquiries were always guided and influenced by scientific method.
His commencement lecture on scientific method and pseudo-science, which is included at the end of the book, can be found here:
Cargo Cult Science
If you want to read more, I suggest checking out the CFCC library copy of
Book | W.W. Norton | 2006 | First edition.
Available at Wilm Circulating Books (QC 16 .F49 A3 2006) plus 1 more
This book contains material from “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” and a subsequent volume of his memoirs.
A list of previous posts by John Danaher at Philosophical Disquisitions. He has written a bunch of posts on mind uploading.
Here is a story about Wesley So and Ray Robson finishing first and second at on open chess tournament in Las Vegas. They won $100,000 and $50,000 respectively. They are both on the chess team at Webster University.
The author of the article played chess himself and was very excited by one of the game’s won by Robson. You can read the article here:
Las Vegas Chess Tournament
John Danaher has some very interesting, recent posts about the future of work and the value of surveillance at Philosophical Disquisitions. Are robots going to take away nearly all jobs? Will the government, or other entities, be watching us all the time? These are the sorts of questions he explores at the following:
Should We Abolish Work?