Category Archives: Logic

Instructional strategy: Jeopardy

Create an in-browser Jeopardy game… https://jeopardylabs.com/browse/?q=logic&sort_by=_score&submit=Search

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Aussie party boy

Video link here Possible topics / activities: Values analysis Professional ethics Discuss “Should Corey be held responsible?” Discuss “Should the anchor have asked Corey to take off his glasses?”

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Difficult topics

What is your position? photo credit: Facebook

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Creativity and Logic

Neuroscientist Beau Lotto “Creativity asks us to do that which is hardest: to question our assumptions, to doubt what we believe to be true.” http://bigthink.com/videos/beau-lotto-creativity-is-another-form-of-logic

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Animal smarts: Pigeons

“New research at the University of Iowa shows that pigeons can discriminate the abstract concepts of space and time—and seem to use a different region of the brain than humans and primates to do so.” Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-12-pigeons-discriminate-space.html

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The Trolley Problem in Episode 19 of “The Good Place”

(Thanks Alexandrea, for the heads up on this) “Netflix is particularly fond of the trolley experiment, which was featured in the most recent seasons of two of its original shows this past summer. In the penultimate episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s … Continue reading

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Conceptual Analysis

A brief introduction to a common practice in contemporary philosophy By Andrew Cullison Several more resources http://libguides.usc.edu/humanitiesresearch/conceptual https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/analysis/

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Robot Ethics

One problem is that the concept of “harm” is complex, context-specific and is difficult to explain clearly to a robot. If a robot doesn’t understand “harm”, how can they avoid causing it? “We realized that we could use different perspectives … Continue reading

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Animal Rights

Speaker: Steven Wise video link: here “But being human and being a legal person has never been, and is not today, synonymous with a legal person. Humans and legal persons are not synonymous.” “On the one side, there have been … Continue reading

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Trolley Problem in Orange is the New Black

Season 5, Episode 8 http://ew.com/recap/orange-is-the-new-black-season-5-episode-8/ Thanks for the heads up Sydney!

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Justification of Cockroach Cyborgs

Is it ethical to sell kits that turn cockroaches into cyborgs? Here’s a company that does exactly that: www.backyardbrains.com … and here’s the introduction of their explanation of their justification: Our experiments are not philosophically perfect and without controversy; however, … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge Too Quickly

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The definition of “broad”

Useful for discussions about developing, analyzing, and evaluating definitions…

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Conceptual clarification

Here’s a good article for a discussion about the role of conceptual analysis / clarification in discussions about high stakes policy decisions. “Trump Vows To End ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ But No One Can Agree What That Label Means” http://www.npr.org/2016/11/19/502684089/trump-vows-to-end-sanctuary-cities-but-no-one-can-agree-what-that-label-means?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=storiesfromnpr What definition … Continue reading

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Trust in the Media — focus group

What led each individual to their conclusion? What definition or standard of measure is each individual operating on? http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/tv/2016/10/23/trust-in-media-what-do-voters-think.cnn

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Driverless Cars

Here are a couple resources sent my way from a current student (thanks Kolby!) who came across them while further researching a thought experiment we covered one day in class… EGOISM vs. UTILITARIANISM http://news.mit.edu/2016/driverless-cars-safety-issues-0623 Driverless cars pose a quandary when it comes to safety. … Continue reading

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