Philosophy – A Practical Major Now

Philosophy – A Practical Major Now

“One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrollments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or because of the state’s economic turmoil, the number of majors has increased by 74 percent in the last decade.”

#philosophy #education

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/10/is-philosophy-the-most-practical-major/246763/

Liberal Arts & Philosophy

Liberal Arts & Philosophy

“In this commentary, David Silbersweig, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Stanley Cobb Professor of psychiatry and Academic Dean (Partners HealthCare) at Harvard Medical School, makes the case for the value of a liberal arts education — and a philosophy education in particular — in today’s multidisciplinary world.”

#philosophy #education

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/12/24/a-harvard-medical-school-professor-makes-the-case-for-the-liberal-arts-and-philosophy/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_gp-philosophy-1130pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

The Future of Philosophy?

The Future of Philosophy?

“Since the exhibition open in February 2015, what has deeply resonated for me about it is not so much the exhibition’s world-changing premise, as a subtext that the show’s curator Paola Antonelli articulated in Wired magazine: “I keep thinking that designers in the future will become almost like philosophers.””

#philosophy #creativity

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28708-the-this-is-for-everyone-exhibition-reveals-future-of-philosophy/

Philosophy of Christmas

Philosophy of Christmas

“From the human side, Christmas, literally the “Mass of Christ”, was not first an idea. It was first an event, even though an event with origins in the Godhead itself. The Christmas Mass is the memorial each year of this event. Or, perhaps better, the Mass is the memorial of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, the sacrifice, in other words, of the Child who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born in Bethlehem.”

#philosophy #christmas

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/the_reason_for_the_season#sthash.eiocOpet.dpuf

The Role of Philosophy in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

The Role of Philosophy in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

“I am convinced that the whole problem of developing AGIs is a matter of philosophy, not computer science or neurophysiology, and that the philosophical progress that will be essential to their future integration is also a prerequisite for developing them in the first place.”

#philosophy #artificialintelligence

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/oct/03/philosophy-artificial-intelligence