Journal Entries

Researchers open up about the articles they publish

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Go behind the scenes with philosophers and cognitive scientists to get their take on published journal articles, what they like about papers, what they maybe don't anymore, and where inquiry should take us next.

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  • Evidentialism and Moral Encroachment by Georgi Gardiner

    October 16th, 2020  |  38 mins 17 secs
    base rates, belief, epistemology, justification, moral encroachment, morality, probability, racism, social justice

    Georgi Gardiner (University of Tennessee) talks about her paper arguing against moral encroachment, or the thesis that the epistemic justification of a belief can be affected by moral factors.

  • The Science of Wisdom by Igor Grossmann

    October 5th, 2020  |  43 mins 59 secs
    character, cognition, culture, emotions, measurement, situation, wisdom

    Igor Grossmann (Waterloo) talks about his paper with the Wisdom Task Force on the state of the art of psychological research on wisdom.

  • Can’t Complain by Kathryn Norlock

    June 4th, 2020  |  33 mins 25 secs
    character, duty, friendship, gender, morality, social media

    Kathryn Norlock (Trent) argues that complaining can be good and is sometimes a thing that we ought to do, even when we can’t fix the thing that makes us sad. Exposing our vulnerabilities creates a space to commiserate, validate, and feel less alone.

  • Situating Feminist Epistemology by Natalie Alana Ashton and Robin McKenna

    April 28th, 2020  |  40 mins 47 secs
    bias, epistemology, evidence, feminism, justification, knowledge, science, theory choice, values

    Natalie Ashton (Stirling) and Robin McKenna (Liverpool) argue that feminist epistemologies can help us understand how some knowledge is socially constructed...and that this idea isn't a very radical one at all.

  • Games and the Art of Agency by C. Thi Nguyen

    April 15th, 2020  |  32 mins 37 secs
    aesthetics, agency, art, games, rules

    C. Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley/University of Utah) argues that games are a unique form of art and a valuable tool for human self-development. By creating rules and abilities, they specify new modes of agency for their players to temporarily adopt, which both reveals what’s beautiful about them--and kind of like yoga--forces us to try out unfamiliar ways of being.

  • The Unreliability of Naive Introspection by Eric Schwitzgebel

    April 8th, 2020  |  30 mins 36 secs
    descartes, emotion, introspection, pain, vision

    Eric Schwitzgebel (University of California, Riverside) argues that introspection is highly untrustworthy and that most people are poor introspectors of their own ongoing conscious experience.

  • Redefine Statistical Significance by Edouard Machery

    April 4th, 2020  |  51 mins 38 secs
    bayes, false positives, replication crisis, statistics

    Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh) talks about his paper with Benjamin et al. in Nature Human Behavior arguing that we should change the default threshold for “statistical significance" by an order of magnitude.

  • Stop Talking About Fake News! by Joshua Habgood-Coote

    April 4th, 2020  |  34 mins 50 secs
    concepts, linguistics, meaning, ordinary language, propaganda

    Joshua Habgood-Coote (University of Bristol) argues that we should abandon the terms "fake news" and "post-truth" because they are defective, redundant, and harmful to democracy.

  • On Having Bad Persons as Friends by Jessica Isserow

    April 4th, 2020  |  28 mins 52 secs
    bad people, cancel culture, character, friendship, intuition, morality

    Jessica Isserow (University of Leeds) talks about her paper "On Having Bad Persons as Friends" arguing that doing so reflects disordered moral priorities.

  • Causing and Nothingness by Helen Beebee

    April 4th, 2020  |  39 mins 22 secs
    absences, causation, common sense, david lewis, explanation, intuition, metaphysics

    Helen Beebee (Univerity of Manchester) talks about her paper "Causing and Nothingness" arguing that the absence of something can never be a cause.