APA Member Interview: Jon Marc Asper
by Sabrina D. MisirHiralall on November 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Jon Marc Asper received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oral Roberts University, his M.A. in Philosophy from Biola University, and is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Missouri, advised by Dr. Peter Vallentyne. He philosophizes mostly about practical rationality, especially agent-relative value and why some evaluations are merely optional — see Ruth
New Ethics Center in Yaoundé, Cameroon
by Blog Contributor on November 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm
by Brian Berkey Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be a part of the launch week event for the Ethics and Public Policy Laboratory (EthicsLab, for short), based at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The launch took place March 19th – 22nd, and brought together dozens of philosophers and
How to Save $32 Million in One Hour (Ep. 397)
by Stephen J. Dubner on November 14, 2019 at 4:00 am
For nearly a decade, governments have been using behavioral nudges to solve problems — and the strategy is catching on in healthcare, firefighting, and policing. But is that thinking too small? Could nudging be used to fight income inequality and achieve world peace? Recorded live in London, with commentary from Andy Zaltzman (The Bugle). The post How to Save $32 Million in One Hour (Ep. 397) appeared first on Freakonomics.
Syllabus Showcase: Agostino Cera, Technology as a Philosophical Question
by Blog Contributor on November 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Agostino Cera, PhD. is an adjunct professor of theoretical philosophy at the Department of Humanities (DiSU) in University of Basilicata (Italy). She also serves as an adjunct professor of phenomenology of image (since 2018) at the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples (Italy).Her areas of interest include continental philosophy between XIX and XX century (especially
Revisiting the Brown Babe’s Burden
by Lewis Gordon on November 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm
by Tracy Llanera The job season is here again. If you’re on the market as an ABD or an early career researcher and you have a non-mainstream profile, you’re likely experiencing these familiar job hunt sentiments and remarks: the bouts of “impostor syndrome,” the threat of competition, the sneers of “diversity hire” from dissatisfied peers
APA Member Interview: David Atenasio
by Sabrina D. MisirHiralall on November 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm
David Atenasio will serve as a lecturer this Fall at Frostburg State University. He received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago in 2019. He primarily writes on topics related to complicity, collective action and collective responsibility, but is also working on projects on the nature of consent and the social contract. What are you working on
The Forefront of Research: The Canadian Society for Epistemology
by Nathan Eckstrand on November 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Editor’s note: This post is the first in a new ongoing series for the APA Blog, The Forefront of Research. The purpose of this series is to draw attention to the work done at conferences by interviewing conference organizers, presenters, and keynotes about upcoming or recently finished conferences. Please contact us if you have ideas
Why Does Tipping Still Exist? (Ep. 396)
by Stephen J. Dubner on November 7, 2019 at 4:00 am
It’s an acutely haphazard way of paying workers, and yet it keeps expanding. We dig into the data to find out why. The post Why Does Tipping Still Exist? (Ep. 396) appeared first on Freakonomics.
F.E.A.S.T. Conference 2019
by Adriel M. Trott on November 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm
by Jamie Ritzo and Laura Brown October 3-6, 2019 marked the tenth official FEAST (Feminist Ethics and Social Theory) Conference, along with the 20-year anniversary of the first FEAST proto-conference. Feminist scholars convened in Clearwater Beach, Florida to this year’s theme: “The Future of Feminist Ethics: Intersectionality, Epistemology, and Grace.” We are unable to discuss
A Philosophy Magazine for the City
by Blog Contributor on November 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm
by Joseph S. Biehl This past summer, the Gotham Philosophical Society (GPS) posted four short essays under the masthead Phi on New York: Philosophy for the City. These pieces constitute the inaugural issue of an online magazine that we at GPS intend as a forum for the philosophical discussion of various aspects of life in
New Introduction to Philosophy Open Textbook Series
by Blog Contributor on November 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm
by Christina Hendricks For a number of years now I’ve been an advocate for the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in teaching and learning. OER are “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that
We learn the most when we fail 15% of the time
on November 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm
The “85%” rule means some failure is healthy and helpful for learning.
Many U.S. parents can’t find a psychiatrist to help their child
on November 4, 2019 at 3:41 pm
Many areas of the United States lack any child psychiatrists.
Salon offers silent haircut to combat an ‘overstimulated world’
on November 4, 2019 at 3:40 pm
Clients can feel comfortable to say they need a time out.
on November 4, 2019 at 3:39 pm
A psychologist sees a spike in anxiety and offers tips.
MRIs show screen time linked to lower brain development in preschoolers
on November 4, 2019 at 3:38 pm
Higher screen use was associated with less well-developed white matter tracts throughout the brain.
What We Know Now: Humanities for All One Year Later
by Blog Contributor on November 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm
by Daniel Fisher, Humanities for All Project Director Last summer, the National Humanities Alliance launched the Humanities for All website to help foster publicly engaged humanities scholarship in U.S. higher education. Showcasing the contribution that this work makes to both academic and public life, the website brings together over 1,500 examples of publicly engaged research,
Speak Softly and Carry Big Data (Ep. 395)
by Stephen J. Dubner on October 31, 2019 at 3:00 am
Do economic sanctions work? Are big democracies any good at spreading democracy? What is the root cause of terrorism? It turns out that data analysis can help answer all these questions — and make better foreign-policy decisions. Guests include former Department of Defense officials Chuck Hagel and Michèle Flournoy and Chicago Project on Security and Threats researchers Robert Pape and Paul Poast. Recorded live in Chicago; Steve Levitt is co-host. The post Speak Softly and Carry Big Data (Ep. 395) appeared first on Freakonomics.
Does Hollywood Still Have a Princess Problem? (Ep. 394)
by Stephen J. Dubner on October 24, 2019 at 3:00 am
For decades, there’s been a huge gender disparity both on-screen and behind the scenes. But it seems like cold, hard data — with an assist from the actor Geena Davis — may finally be moving the needle. The post Does Hollywood Still Have a Princess Problem? (Ep. 394) appeared first on Freakonomics.
Can Britain Get Its “Great” Back? (Ep. 393)
by Stephen J. Dubner on October 17, 2019 at 3:40 am
It used to be a global capital of innovation, invention, and exploration. Now it’s best known for its messy European divorce. We visit London to see if the British spirit of discovery is still alive. Guests include the mayor of London, undersea explorers, a time-use researcher, and a theoretical physicist who helped Liverpool win the Champions League. Dan Schreiber from No Such Thing as a Fish rides shotgun. The post Can Britain Get Its “Great” Back? (Ep. 393) appeared first on Freakonomics.
The Prime Minister Who Cried Brexit (Ep. 392)
by Stephen J. Dubner on October 10, 2019 at 3:00 am
In 2016, David Cameron held a referendum on whether the U.K. should stay in the European Union. A longtime Euroskeptic, he nevertheless led the Remain campaign. So what did Cameron really want? We ask him that and much more — including why he left office as soon as his side lost and what he’d do differently if given another chance. (Hint: not much.) The post The Prime Minister Who Cried Brexit (Ep. 392) appeared first on Freakonomics.
America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up (Ep. 391)
by Steven D. Levitt on October 3, 2019 at 3:00 am
Most high-school math classes are still preparing students for the Sputnik era. Steve Levitt wants to get rid of the “geometry sandwich” and instead have kids learn what they really need in the modern era: data fluency. The post America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up (Ep. 391) appeared first on Freakonomics.
Fed Up (Ep. 390)
by Stephen J. Dubner on September 26, 2019 at 3:00 am
Mary Daly rose from high-school dropout to president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She thinks the central bank needs an upgrade too. It starts with recognizing that the economy is made up of actual humans. The post Fed Up (Ep. 390) appeared first on Freakonomics.
How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389)
by Stephen J. Dubner on September 19, 2019 at 3:00 am
In the U.S. alone, we hold 55 million meetings a day. Most of them are woefully unproductive, and tyrannize our offices. The revolution begins now — with better agendas, smaller invite lists, and an embrace of healthy conflict. The post How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389) appeared first on Freakonomics.
Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be (Ep. 358 Rebroadcast)
by Stephen J. Dubner on September 12, 2019 at 3:00 am
It began as a post-war dream for a more collaborative and egalitarian workplace. It has evolved into a nightmare of noise and discomfort. Can the open office be saved, or should we all just be working from home? The post Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be (Ep. 358 Rebroadcast) appeared first on Freakonomics.