So a few years ago I had a post here (Are People Actually Moral Objectivists?) reporting some data we had collected about folk views concerning the status of morality. Much discussion ensued. That research project eventually yielded a co-authored paper in Mind & Language.
More recently (and more awesomely) the intrepid experimental filmmaker Ben Coonley put together a fantastic, short film based on that paper, starring Amanda Palmer!
Folk Moral Relativism in 3-D (grab those red/blue 3-D glasses if you have them!)
You may already have seen Ben Coonley's previous short films on the Knobe effect, as well as a multi-part, interactive film on happiness, both inspired by experimental philosophy research, each of which has thousands of views. This one makes three in this series (so far). Not only are they great illustrations of the experiments, but they help get folk outside the academia to think about these philosophical issues!
Have a look!
1. Congrats to Wes B., for winning the "Top Quark" from the 3QuarksDaily (which is a great aggregation site, if you're not already familiar with it). It's for this outstanding post of his a little while back on this very blog. The prize comes with both bragging rights and 1,000 smackeroos, so, if you see Wes, drinks are on him.
3. Interesting post on the NewAPPS blog by Catarina Dutilh Novaes, How can philosophical theories be empirically tested? It's a shame there hasn't been more of an exchange between this blog and that one so far.
Update: Appearing this morning, a discussion by Eric Schliesser of the item in #2 in the blog mentioned in #3.
Congratulations to our own Bryony Pierce, who was recently interviewed by 3:AM. If you haven't already checked out some of Marshall's earlier interviews, they are all excellent--much like this one!
You all will probably remember the experimental film maker Ben Coonley, who was the creative force behind the YouTube video on the side-effect effect starring Eugene Mirman. Well, he's back, and this time he's actually managed to take it even further.
Focusing on some recent research on happiness and moral evaluations (which was inspired by Sven Nyholm's earlier finding), Ben has made af fully interactive YouTube video in which viewers can learn about experiemntal philosophy research on happiness while participating in a within-subjects version of the original study. That is really taking it to the next level. Check it out:
Our own Eddy Nahmias has an illuminating interview with 3:AM's Richard Marshall--who has been doing a number of really nice interviews as of late with a wide variety of philosophers. So, when you're done reading the interview with Eddy, you should check out some of Marshall's other interviews for 3:AM as well!
Yet another interesting and illuminating interview by 3:AM's Richard Marshall. This time, Al Mele talks about free will, self-deception, neuroscience, experimental philosophy and a number of other themes. Check it out!
A funky little piece by Richard Marshall, if y'all haven't already noticed.
Congrats to our own Eddy Nahmias, who has an op-ed on neuroscience and free will in today's NYT Opinionator/The Stone entitled, "Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will?"