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Animadversions - Aeon Papers - Summary Document: 2017-2018

Links to Topics on this Page

AestheticsAnimalsAstronomyComputingConsciousness
EducationEthicsEvolutionGeographyHistory
IslamLanguageLawLiteratureMathematics
MedicineMetaphilosophyMusicPersonal IdentityPolitics
PsychologyReligionScienceTranshumanism*** Pending ***
Introduction
  1. The Aeon1 eZine:-
    1. Covers a large number of philosophical topics that I’m particularly interested in from a semi-professional point of view.
    2. It also covers others that are of more general interest, for which I’ve read papers as they crop up but don’t really have much time to comment on.
    3. Finally, there are others – and particularly videos – which are not as relevant, and which I ignore.
  2. As with all papers, I categorise them by subject, topic and sub-topic: up to three of each. As such, it is possible to cross-refer the subjects under discussion. But as I have about 23,000 papers2 of one sort or another, this cross-categorisation leads to something of a morass.
  3. Consequently, for Aeon, I decided to list the main topics that I’m interested in that have come up (an on-going job, requiring occasional refinement), and to list the papers that fall under them. That way, it’ll be easier to see how the various authors address the same topics, and in particular how they disagree.
  4. The topics appear in the table above, with links to the lists. The topic of Personal Identity is further broken down in the list.
  5. Unfortunately, there is some need for cross-categorisation, but I’ll have to resist this and live with the deficiency. Multiple-listings will make the lists too long and confusing. Connections will need to be made between the papers themselves in such cases.

Progress to Date
  1. This Note includes links to all the Aeon papers I accessed in 2017, with a few from 2018. I have now logged by category all the papers I’ve accessed since joining the list at the beginning of 2017 – hence developing the categories.
  2. In 2017 there were relatively few papers that I ignored (though in general I skipped all the videos). Occasionally I’ve read or viewed a paper or video, but not incurred the overhead of logging them in my database.
  3. In most cases I still need to add – usually brief – comments, making use of a disclaimer as necessary.
  4. Stimulating though this exercise is, I found such heroic efforts as exemplified in this Note took up too much time away from my research, so I had to put it mostly on hold. What I decided to do in 4Q17 was just to categorise and read those items that really relate to my research. The others could not be categorised or added to my database, but – as a weekly exercise –the authors, titles, dates and links were added to an uncategorised list at the end.
  5. In 2018, I decided that a further refocussing of effort was required, and thereafter only added those papers that were strictly associated with my research, or were particularly interesting. I had hoped to comment on those papers already logged, but will probably never find the time to do so.
  6. I must also note here that I treat a few other articles I come across that are of similar standard to Aeon, and treat them as though they were Aeon, listing them in the cross-reference and filing them with the Aeon articles proper, for want of a better home. I note this against the individual papers.

The Future
  1. Aeon is a very valuable resource and a stimulating source of ideas. Too good to miss, but not worth spending the whole day on. So, from now on I’ve decided just to list the articles of interest that turn up, and only log them and comment on them in my databases if they are exceptionally relevant.
  2. These links are recorded against this Note.



Papers
  1. Aesthetics

  2. Animals / Animal Rights

  3. Astronomy / Cosmology

  4. Computing

  5. Consciousness

  6. Education

  7. Ethics9

  8. Evolution

  9. Geography

  10. History

  11. Islam & Philosophy

  12. Language / Linguistics

  13. Law

  14. Literature

  15. Mathematics

  16. Medicine / Health

  17. Metaphilosophy13

  18. Music

  19. Personal Identity15

  20. Politics / Economics / Sociology

  21. Psychology

  22. Religion

  23. Science

  24. Transhumanism44 / AI45



Pending Items (In descending publication-date sequence)
  1. Marcel Zentner, “Men want beauty, women want wealth, and other unscientific tosh”, 21 December, 2017, Aeon: Zentner - Men want beauty, women want wealth, and other unscientific tosh (https://aeon.co/ideas/men-want-beauty-women-want-wealth-and-other-unscientific-tosh)
  2. Nadia Berenstein, “The flavour revolutionary”, 19 December, 2017, Aeon: Berenstein - The flavour revolutionary (https://aeon.co/essays/the-man-who-shook-the-united-states-by-its-tastebuds)
  3. Tage Rai, Piercarlo Valdesolo & Jesse Graham, “Our enemies are human: that’s why we want to kill them”, 13 December, 2017, Aeon: Rai - Our enemies are human: that’s why we want to kill them (https://aeon.co/ideas/our-enemies-are-human-thats-why-we-want-to-kill-them)
  4. Bruce Robbins, “How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice”, 12 December, 2017, Aeon: Robbins - How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-orwell-used-wartime-rationing-to-argue-for-global-justice)
  5. Melissa Feinberg, “The other side of the curtain”, 11 December, 2017, Aeon: Feinberg - The other side of the curtain (https://aeon.co/essays/cold-war-propaganda-the-truth-belonged-to-no-one-country)
  6. Samantha Muka, “Stop boycotting SeaWorld if you care about marine conservation”, 08 December, 2017, Aeon: Muka - Stop boycotting SeaWorld if you care about marine conservation (https://aeon.co/ideas/stop-boycotting-seaworld-if-you-care-about-marine-conservation)
  7. M M Owen, “Freud in the scanner”, 07 December, 2017, Aeon: Owen - Freud in the scanner (https://aeon.co/essays/can-neuroscience-rehabilitate-freud-for-the-age-of-the-brain)
  8. Iason Athanasiadis, “Everyone in the world should be taxed on their energy footprint”, 06 December, 2017, Aeon: Athanasiadis - Everyone in the world should be taxed on their energy footprint (https://aeon.co/ideas/everyone-in-the-world-should-be-taxed-on-their-energy-footprint)
  9. Lary Wallace, “Touching the sky”, 06 December, 2017, Aeon: Wallace - Touching the sky (https://aeon.co/essays/daredevilry-combines-sport-magic-and-machismo)
  10. Julia Christensen, Guido Giglioni & Manos Tsakiris, “‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity”, 05 December, 2017, Aeon: Christensen - ‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity (https://aeon.co/ideas/let-the-soul-dangle-how-mind-wandering-spurs-creativity)
  11. André Spicer, “How to fight work bullshit (and keep your job and your dignity)”, 04 December, 2017, Aeon: Spicer - How to fight work bullshit (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-to-fight-work-bullshit-and-keep-your-job-and-your-dignity)
  12. Erik Linstrum, “The empire dreamt back”, 04 December, 2017, Aeon: Linstrum - The empire dreamt back (https://aeon.co/essays/britains-imperial-dream-catchers-and-the-truths-of-empire)
  13. Tomas Engelthaler & Thomas T. Hills, “Porridge is funnier than oatmeal, and booby is funnier still”, 28 November, 2017, Aeon: Engelthaler - Porridge is funnier than oatmeal, and booby is funnier still (https://aeon.co/ideas/why-porridge-is-funnier-than-oatmeal-and-booby-is-funnier-still)
  14. Jens Jakob Andersen, “Why marathon runners in the United States are getting slower”, 21 November, 2017, Aeon: Andersen - Why marathon runners in the United States are getting slower (https://aeon.co/ideas/why-marathon-runners-in-the-united-states-are-getting-slower)
  15. Philip Mirowski, “Against citizen science”, 20 November, 2017, Aeon: Mirowski - Against citizen science (https://aeon.co/essays/is-grassroots-citizen-science-a-front-for-big-business)
  16. Massimo Pigliucci, “When I help you, I also help myself: on being a cosmopolitan”, 17 November, 2017, Aeon: Pigliucci - When I help you, I also help myself (https://aeon.co/ideas/when-i-help-you-i-also-help-myself-on-being-a-cosmopolitan)
  17. Guy D. Middleton, “Do civilisations collapse?”, 16 November, 2017, Aeon: Middleton - Do civilisations collapse? (https://aeon.co/essays/what-the-idea-of-civilisational-collapse-says-about-history)
  18. Pavlo Shopin, “Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory”, 15 November, 2017, Aeon: Shopin - Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory (https://aeon.co/ideas/rough-smooth-or-deep-why-the-sound-of-a-voice-is-multisensory)
  19. Julian Strube, “How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion”, 14 November, 2017, Aeon: Strube - How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-socialism-helped-to-seed-the-landscape-of-modern-religion)
  20. Kimberley Brownlee, “Stop labelling people who commit crimes ‘criminals’”, 10 November, 2017, Aeon: Brownlee - Stop labelling people who commit crimes ‘criminals’ (https://aeon.co/ideas/stop-labelling-people-who-commit-crime-criminals)
  21. David Sbarra, “Psychology’s power tools”, 09 November, 2017, Aeon: Sbarra - Psychology’s power tools (https://aeon.co/essays/this-is-why-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-works-so-well)
  22. Wendy Orent, “When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive”, 08 November, 2017, Aeon: Orent - When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive (https://aeon.co/ideas/when-evolution-is-not-a-slow-dance-but-a-fast-race-to-survive)
  23. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, “The small business myth”, 08 November, 2017, Aeon: Waterhouse - The small business myth (https://aeon.co/essays/what-does-small-business-really-contribute-to-economic-growth)
  24. Mark Kukis, “War once helped build nations, now it destroys them”, 07 November, 2017, Aeon: Kukis - War once helped build nations, now it destroys them (https://aeon.co/ideas/war-once-helped-build-nations-now-it-destroys-them)
  25. Marc A Edwards & Siddhartha Roy, “Science is broken”, 07 November, 2017, Aeon: Roy - Science is broken (https://aeon.co/essays/science-is-a-public-good-in-peril-heres-how-to-fix-it)
  26. Scott Atran, “Alt-Right or jihad?”, 06 November, 2017, Aeon: Atran - Alt-Right or jihad? (https://aeon.co/essays/radical-islam-and-the-alt-right-are-not-so-different)
  27. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, “Music is not for ears”, 02 November, 2017, Aeon: Margulis - Music is not for ears (https://aeon.co/essays/music-is-in-your-brain-and-your-body-and-your-life)
  28. Jeremy Adelman, “Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous”, 01 November, 2017, Aeon: Adelman - Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous (https://aeon.co/ideas/why-the-idea-that-the-world-is-in-terminal-decline-is-so-dangerous)
  29. Bryan W Van Norden, “Western philosophy is racist”, 31 October, 2017, Aeon: Van Norden - Western philosophy is racist (https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-western-philosophical-canon-is-xenophobic-and-racist)
  30. Chris Barker, “Should life in jail be worse than outside, on principle?”, 31 October, 2017, Aeon: Barker - Should life in jail be worse than outside, on principle? (https://aeon.co/ideas/should-life-in-jail-be-worse-than-outside-on-principle)
  31. James McConnachie, “Be amazed”, 30 October, 2017, Aeon: McConnachie - Be amazed (https://aeon.co/essays/how-walking-a-labyrinth-can-trace-a-route-to-self-knowledge)
  32. Tonja Jacobi & Dylan Schweers, “How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women”, 26 May, 2017, Aeon: Jacobi - How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-men-continue-to-interrupt-even-the-most-powerful-women)
  33. Vicki Larson, “Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges”, 16 May, 2017, Aeon: Larson - Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges (https://aeon.co/ideas/marriage-should-not-come-with-any-social-benefits-or-privileges)
  34. Skye C Cleary, “Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today”, 10 March, 2017, Aeon: Cleary - Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today (https://aeon.co/ideas/simone-de-beauvoirs-political-philosophy-resonates-today)
  35. Joel Mokyr, “How Europe became so rich”, 15 February, 2017, Aeon: Mokyr - How Europe became so rich (https://aeon.co/essays/how-did-europe-become-the-richest-part-of-the-world)
  36. Richard W Orange, “Latte pappas”, 18 January, 2017, Aeon: Orange - Latte pappas (https://aeon.co/essays/swedens-hands-on-dads-and-the-hormones-of-fatherhood)
  37. David Farrier, “Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces”, 31 October, 2016, Aeon: Farrier - Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces (https://aeon.co/ideas/deep-time-s-uncanny-future-is-full-of-ghostly-human-traces)
  38. Joyce E Chaplin, “The hand-held’s tale”, 16 October, 2015, Aeon: Chaplin - The hand-held’s tale (https://aeon.co/essays/where-did-our-passion-for-the-handheld-device-originate)
  39. Ted Scheinman, “What lies beneath”, 28 July, 2015, Aeon: Scheinman - What lies beneath (https://aeon.co/essays/why-do-archaeological-fraudsters-work-so-hard-to-deceive-us)
  40. Stewart Brand, “Rethinking extinction”, 21 April, 2015, Aeon: Brand - Rethinking extinction (https://aeon.co/essays/we-are-not-edging-up-to-a-mass-extinction)
  41. Dimitris Xygalatas, “Trial by fire”, 19 September, 2014, Aeon: Xygalatas - Trial by fire (https://aeon.co/essays/how-extreme-rituals-forge-intense-social-bonds)
  42. D. Watkins, “Stoop stories”, 26 June, 2014, Aeon: Watkins - Stoop stories (https://aeon.co/essays/these-are-my-two-baltimores-black-and-white)
  43. Sarah Scoles, “Galactic position system”, 20 May, 2014, Aeon: Scoles - Galactic position system (https://aeon.co/essays/do-you-know-where-you-are-in-the-milky-way)
  44. Thomas Wells, “Votes for the future”, 08 May, 2014, Aeon: Wells - Votes for the future (https://aeon.co/essays/we-need-to-listen-to-our-future-citizens-here-s-how-to-tune-in)
  45. Peter Whiteley, “The fire burns yet”, 25 November, 2013, Aeon: Whiteley - The fire burns yet (https://aeon.co/essays/the-love-of-land-still-burns-bright-for-native-americans)
  46. Tim Parks, “Inner peace”, 26 July, 2013, Aeon: Parks - Inner peace (https://aeon.co/essays/is-the-sound-of-silence-the-end-of-the-self)
  47. Julian Baggini, “I still love Kierkegaard”, 06 May, 2013, Aeon: Baggini - I still love Kierkegaard (https://aeon.co/essays/happy-birthday-kierkegaard-we-need-you-now)
  48. Helen Macdonald, “Nest of spies”, 26 February, 2013, Macdonald - Nest of spies (https://aeon.co/essays/the-tale-of-a-spymaster-and-his-avian-double)
  49. John Quiggin, “This world is enough”, 15 January, 2013, Aeon: Quiggin - This world is enough (https://aeon.co/essays/we-can-end-world-poverty-without-destroying-the-planet)
  50. Stephen J Pyne, “The ice inferno”, 11 January, 2013, Aeon: Pyne - The ice inferno (https://aeon.co/essays/antarctica-a-place-of-wide-horizons-and-fragile-selves)



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Footnote 2:
  • As of autumn 2019.
Footnote 9:
  • I don’t have a Note on Ethics per se, but
  • I do have a Note on the allegation that Personal Identity is a Forensic Property of the individual.
  • I’ve also included those topics – like “the good life” – that tend to feature in ethics courses.
Footnote 13:
  • This will probably include general philosophy until a get a critical mass for further categories.
Footnote 15:
  • This is a bucket-list for those items under the topic of Personal Identity that aren’t broken out under other categories.
  • See the full Jump Table here.
Footnote 25:
  • I don’t yet have a note for sexual Identity.
  • Some of these Papers may really belong under Politics.
Footnote 44:
  • The main Note is this one.
  • However, I intend to include such matters as Neuroscience and AI under this head, where they are relevant to hopes of Transhumanism.
Footnote 45:
  • I’ll need to re-house those items that are nothing to do with Transhumanism.
  • Currently, anything to do with computing or the internet appears here.


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