Sifter 1

I am launching a new category called Sifter. A sifter is a device used in order to separate fine particles from coarse particles. For example, you put the floor into a sifter and you separate lumps from powdered material. Sifter has another meaning as examining and sorting carefully. So, I expect that Sifter category will perform these two tasks at the same time: separation and examining.
While surfing on internet, I run across various contents that are not necessarily related to my academic interests. Either I take a quick look at them, either I restore them or if I find them too interesting at that time, I read them to the end. But following the ‘actuality’ is always challenging, if not impossible. Academy field is specialised today than ever before. You should narrow more and more your field of study. The result of the specialisation is obvious: the more one focuses on a specific subject, the more he/she moves away from the actuality. And add  immensity of internet to this, it is too complicated.  But on the other hand, there are other worlds: other philosophies, other sciences, other arts, other theories… etc. So, the aim of Sifter is to archive these ‘others’. They are surely my others; some of them directly cuts my current interests, some of them are very far away from what I am doing. But in any case, all of them somehow take my attention. I don’t know if I can keep going Sifter, but at least I want to start with this first post.
Science Fiction
  • Thought experiments in ethics and in philosophy in general sometimes present the very ground of philosophical investigation. Trolley problem and Asian disease are two acclaimed examples, revisited many times by philosophers. For example, some researches asked these questions to drunk people in a bar in France, then they applied Blood Alcool Test to measure alcool rate in the blood, and finally they examined the results. The research shows that drunk people have more tendency to apply utilitarian principles. (Here is the news about the research). Professor Eric Schwitzgebel and Fiery Cushman decide to make same research on philosophers. They have a draft paper right now, but even this version could be compared with their previous research on expertise in moral reasoning. The result is little bit ‘do as philosophers say, not as they do’.


  • A new support found for ‘gay gene’. Here is the article.
  • Miracle in excrement of hippos. They are the nutrient kingpins of Africa’s waterways: The river master.
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 Google Ngram analysis of ‘Herbert Marcuse’ and ‘Frankfurt School’ words used in Google Books between 1930-2008
  • Michel Foucault visited Yale University thirty years ago. To explore his intellectual and political legacy, Yale University organized a series of conferences, which prominent philosophers such as Etienne Balibar, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Partha Chatterjee participated. Here you can find a review of Judith Butler’s speech: Foucault’s Risks.
There are really interesting podcasts. I am trying to listen them at odd moments. Here I chose two of them: Nihilism by Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef; and neurosexism in the study of human brain by Cordelia Fine.
  • You can try to obey to stoic rules in your daily attitudes during one week. First, you answer some questionnaires, then they send you a short analysis of your answers, and finally you can get ready after reading Stoic Handbook for the week. Stoic For Everyday Living is a kind of philosophical experiment.
  • Watch fishing activity all over the world in real time:
  • A simple tool to measure quality of English: The Writer’s Diet.
  • Real time hack attacks:

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