Let’s See What’s in the News Today (July 5, 2015)

Emotions

Ethics

  • Through the work of Molly Crocket, taking anti-depressants makes one more moral, taking dopamine-enhancing drugs can make one more selfish.  The interesting thing about this is that taking drugs can alter moral judgements.

Feminism

  • Laura Kipnis got in trouble because she wrote an article about how people are infantizing feminism.  Ironically, she was charged with Title IX.  Here is a great interview about the incident, her new book, and how feminism has evolved: 

Justice

Love

  • The nature of love from a metaphysical, existential, and scientific point of view.  All three philosophers are great, by the way.
  • The bestowal view of love says that I find you special/valuable because I love you.  In scientific terms, the mate value changes once you love them.  Here’s a great article showing how that works.

Mind

  • Turns out the famous case about the philosophy of mind isn’t entirely true.  Phineas Gage had an iron rod rip through his skull and the conventional wisdom is that his whole personality changed and he lived a life of seclusion or he joined the circus.  It actually turns out he went through rehabilitation and moved to Chile to become a calm, horse-coach driver.
  • A study reveals that poverty can weaken children’s brains.

Relationships

Sexuality

About shaunmiller

I am an assistant professor (LTR) at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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