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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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Is Data sentient? Can he reason?

Is Star Trek’s Commander Data a sentient being? Can he reason? Explore possible answers to those questions in the episode titled “The Measure of a Man”. View the clip here.

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The Problem of Perception

“Many people can’t tell when photos are fake. Can you?” http://www.niemanlab.org/2017/07/people-have-trouble-a-detecting-faked-images-and-b-identifying-where-theyve-been-changed/

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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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What is your criteria?

Numb3rs “Mind Game” 00:10:04 … whether they admit to it or not. 00:10:06 – Thank you for destroying any confidence I had in public safety. 00:10:09 – What is your criteria for this categorical dismissal of parapsychological phenomena? 00:10:13 – … Continue reading

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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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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/399796647/maslows-human-needs

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Prisoners Dilemma

Episode details Numb3rs | “Dirty Bomb” Season 1 Episode 10 | Aired: 04/22/2005 Don must find the hijackers of a truck carrying nuclear waste before they detonate a dirty bomb in Los Angeles. Resources https://www.math.cornell.edu/~numb3rs/samuelson/dirtybomb.html http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/JJWooten/clips/numb3rs-prisoners-dilemma/view Watch on Hulu here.

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Do rivers qualify for personhood?

“Three Rivers are now legally people…” Read all about it here.

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Animal psychology

Speaker: Laurel Braitman video link: here On understanding other minds: “… just because you ask someone that you’re with…how they feel doesn’t mean that they can tell you. They may not have words to explain what it is that they’re feeling, … Continue reading

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Utilitarianism

Series: Numb3rs Season: 1 Episode: 3 Episode title: Vectors When they apprehend Weaver, toward the very end of the episode: Step back off the curb, away from the church. Is all this truly necessary? You wanted to prove your virus … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge Too Quickly

video link: here

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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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“I AM citing the facts”

Are facts enough?

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Critical Thinking @ The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool’s Gaby Lapera and John Maxfield dig into how investors, and people more generally, can improve their critical-thinking skills and thereby boost the performance of their portfolios. A podcast of the episode is here: http://www.fool.com/investing/2016/11/02/the-importance-of-critical-thinking.aspx …The first, most … Continue reading

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Philosophy Humor

My significant other came across these two satirical takes on Philosophy today– if you don’t like curse words, don’t read these: @ The Onion: here @ UNC’s The Minor: here

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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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Fallacy: Moving the goal post

A fallacy at stake Special pleading / moving the goal post https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/special-pleading Case study See video above. Original video @ CNN. Questions Several issues are raised in this discussion. One by one: What is the question at stake? What position does … Continue reading

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Colin Kaepernick discussion

“Colin Kaepernick creates friction in hometown” http://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2016/09/17/kaepernick-effect-high-school-national-anthem-pkg.cnn INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS 1st resident: It was really disrespectful. And I think he’s an idiot. 2nd resident: One of the nice things about this country is that you get to make choices… but we didn’t want … Continue reading

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Colin Powell’s Emails

This clip can be used to motivate a discussion about ethical decision making, and different standards at stake in a particular decision. http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/09/17/the-real-problem-with-powells-email-hack.cnn

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Is Trump Being Asked the Right Questions?

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/07/03/is-trump-being-asked-the-right-questions.cnn Transcript

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Conceptual Analysis: “Real Robbers”

Sent to me by a former student, Natali: http://www.nairaland.com/1322371/real-robbers-kindly-read

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The Moral Lives of Animals

https://www.philosophytalk.org/blog/moral-lives-animals

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Cultural Relativism & Female Genital Mutilation

Is Cultural Relativism a good standard for ethical decision making? See what you think after listening to this story. http://www.theheartradio.org/solos/mariya http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/586/who-do-we-think-we-are Damage  

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What is a tax write off?

– What is a “tax write off”? – What criteria must be met to qualify an item as a legitimate tax write off? This concept, and three criteria, are outlined below. Video: https://www.entrepreneur.com/video/281816 Article: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/280781 (image source: WalterBlock.com)

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The Illusion of Free Will in RoboCop

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Philosophy Truth or Dare

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“Sides” Talk: Apple & the San Bernardino iPhone

“Maricopa County Attorney bans employees from getting new iPhones, says Apple is ‘on the side of terrorists’” Conceptual clarification What is meant by “on the side of terrorists” here? Does “on the side of” mean the same position is shared? Or … Continue reading

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