Monday, March 01, 2021

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021

 Parfit on Kant’s “ends-in-themselves” formulation of the categorical imperative — audio from the first of the three 2002-2003 Tanner Lectures, with commentary from Allen Wood (via Matt McAdam)

ATO wins legal professional privilege dispute and sets new COVID-19 PE risk guidance

MAGIC BULLETS. IN:  ‘Miracle poison’ for novel therapeutics.

  Controversial Stem Cell Therapy Has Helped Repair Injured Spinal Cords in 13 Patients.


STEPHEN GREEN SMILES:  Scientists identify cells responsible for liver tissue maintenance and regeneration.

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021 - MIT Technology Review: “This list marks 20 years since we began compiling an annual selection of the year’s most important technologies. Some, such as mRNA vaccines, are already changing our lives, while others are still a few years off. Below, you’ll find a brief description along with a link to a feature article that probes each technology in detail. We hope you’ll enjoy and explore—taken together, we believe this list represents a glimpse into our collective future…”

NEWS YOU CAN USE:  Researchers identify four causes of “Zoom fatigue” and their simple fixes.

Premier of ‘Sydney’ launches farewell tour to regain dignity

Gladys Berejiklian is telling voters on the South Coast one thing: Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is regaling the CBD with quite another. They are on two different missions: she wants out; he wants in.

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“Every magic show I perform is applied phenomenology” — an interview with Larry Hass, former philosophy professor and now fulltime “philosopher-magician”

“Sometimes we dismiss a problem as ‘not the most important thing in the world.’” What is? — one answer from Richard Yetter Chappell (Miami)

“Aristotle” makes an appearance on Nancy Drew show — in which, among other things, he is called out for his sexism

“Imagine cavemen sitting together to think up what, for all time, will be the best possible society and then setting out to institute it” — an appreciation of a little thought experiment of Robert Nozick’s

The self, transformation, physics, and freedom — a wide ranging and fascinating interview with Jenann Ismael (Columbia)

“Though philosophers can come up with high-minded epistemic reasons for using thought experiments, those high-minded reasons may be covering up a more uncomfortable truth” — Ethan Landes (St. Andrews) on why philosophers use thought experiment

Canada’s parliament declares China’s treatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’ BBC 

The Population of China Compared with the Rest of the World Visual Capitailst Furzy points out: “They left out Russia, India and Africa…..”

Pushkin and Dostoyevsky’s Idiot: How to Understand Russia’s Foreign Policy Valdai Discusion Club