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A Decade of Transdisciplinarity
The recent issue of Futures is dedicated to a ten year review of advances in transdisciplinarity. There has been a proliferation of contributions about transdisciplinarity during the last decade. Today transdisciplinarity is known and referenced in the natu...
The recent issue of Futures is dedicated to a ten year review of advances in transdisciplinarity. There has been a proliferation of contributions about transdisciplinarity during the last decade. Today transdisciplinarity is...
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‘Know thyself’ is a flimsy bargain-basement platitude, endlessly recycled but maddeningly empty. It skates the very existential question it pretends to address, the question that obsesses us: what is it to know oneself? The lesson of the identity detector is this: when we dig deep, beneath our memory traces and career ambitions and favourite authors and small talk, we find a constellation of moral capacities. This is what we should cultivate and burnish, if we want people to know who we really are.
‘Know thyself’ is a flimsy bargain-basement platitude, endlessly recycled but maddeningly empty. It skates the very existential question it pretends to address, the question that obsesses us: what is it to know oneself? The l...
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In the end, Cushing’s brain collection vividly reminds us why it is crucial to immerse natural science students in interdisciplinary science studies that incorporate the social sciences and humanities. It is not merely because hot new fields are said to lie at the unexplored intersections of fields whose borders were arbitrarily codified decades or centuries ago (though that is true).  It is not merely because the terms interdisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and trans-disciplinary are presently in vogue (though that is also true).  It is because such cross-training produces scientists who are both more capable of extraordinary breakthroughs and more mindful of their broader impacts. The humanities truly strengthen science.
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Brain Mechanisms That Predict Generosity in Children Identified

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/neurodevelopment-generosity-child-psychology-1649/.

University of Chicago developmental neuroscientists have found specific brain markers that predict generosity in children. Those neural markers appear to be linked to both social and moral evaluation processes.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

Research: “The Neuroscience of Implicit Moral Evaluation and Its Relation to Generosity in Early Childhood” by Jason M. Cowell and Jean Decety in Current Biology. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.11.002 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.11.002)

Image: Children were monitored with EEGs while watching animated characters perform prosocial and antisocial behaviors, and later participated in a task measuring generosity. Credit Jean Decety/University of Chicago.

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We are people. Our people-centric minds evolved for a reason (namely, our species depends on social interactions) and our our people-centric minds dictate how our society works. So maybe personhood is not based in reality. It’s the crux of our reality.
It’s Personhood Week here on Only Human. To recap the week: Monday's post was about conception, and Tuesday’s about the age of majority. Wednesday’s tackled DNA and dead bodies, and yesterday I too...
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Essay Contest Attention philosophy students: Please consider submitting something to this essay contest. Take a paper you wrote for a course in a previous semester or a paper you're writing now. Philosophy faculty would be ha...
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On 13 June 1944, a week after the allied invasion of Normandy, a loud buzzing sound rattled through the skies of battle-worn London. The source of the sound was a newly developed German instrument of war, the V-1 flying bomb. A precursor to the cruise missile, the V-1 was a self-propelled flying bomb, guided using…
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"So let me push back at the idea that the humanities are obscure, arcane and irrelevant. These three philosophers influence the way I think about politics, immigration, inequality; they even affect what I eat.

"It’s also worth pointing out that these three philosophers [Berlin, Singer, Rawls] are recent ones. To adapt to a changing world, we need new software for our cellphones; we also need new ideas. The same goes for literature, for architecture, languages and theology."
The humanities aren’t obscure, arcane or irrelevant. They awaken our souls, influence how we think about inequality, and help us adapt to a changing world.
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Philosopher at NKU.
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    PhD Philosophy, 1983 - 1989
  • Northern Illinois University
    MA Philosophy, 1981 - 1983
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    BA Philosophy, 1975 - 1979
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Photo credit: Flickr user ores2k. Creative Commons-licensed.A person's level of abstraction influences how they perceive morality, according

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CALL FOR PAPERS—General Meeting Submission requirements: Submissions on any philosophical topic are welcome. Papers should not exceed 3000 w

Be employable, study philosophy
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