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Leading philosophers bring to the surface the ideas hidden behind the biggest news stories.

The Philosopher & The News Alexis Papazoglou

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Leading philosophers bring to the surface the ideas hidden behind the biggest news stories.

    Chat GPT Understands & Reuben Cohn- Gordon

    Chat GPT Understands & Reuben Cohn- Gordon

    Chat GPT, an AI powered chat-bot, has become the world’s fastest growing application, with over 100 million users in the first month of its launch. Even its harshest critics concede that when interacting with Chat GPT, it can seem as if one is talking to an intelligent machine. But, the standard critique goes, that’s just an illusion. Chat GPT isn’t in fact intelligent. It doesn’t understand the questions it’s asked, or the answers it gives. But, what if this critique is wrong? What if o...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Alex O'Conor (Cosmic Sceptic) & The Absurdity of the Monarchy

    Alex O'Conor (Cosmic Sceptic) & The Absurdity of the Monarchy

    On May 6th, the coronation of King Charles III took place in Westminster Abbey in London, making him officially the head of state of the United Kingdom, the head of the Church of England, and of the UK’s Armed Forces. It also made him head of Nation of sever other counties, including Canada and Australia. According to polls, more than half the British citizens seem to approve of the monarchy and the pomp and pageantry that goes with it. But can a monarch ever really have democratic legit...

    • 50 min
    John Naughton & The AI Hype

    John Naughton & The AI Hype

    On March 22nd, the Future of Life Institute, a nonprofit organization focussed on reducing existential risks facing humanity, and in particular existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence (AI), published an open letter entitled Pause Giant AI Experiments. Its signatories included tech luminaries such as Elon Musk, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Its opening sentences read:“AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as s...

    • 58 min
    Josephine von Zitzewitz & The Myth of the Russian Soul

    Josephine von Zitzewitz & The Myth of the Russian Soul

    February 24th marked the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Some still blame the expansion of NATO in Russia’s neighbourhood as the deeper cause of this war. Others see it as Putin’s mad personal plan to go down in the history books. But some are pointing the finger to something much deeper than any of that: the Russian soul. A concept that originated in Russia’s literary tradition of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and other great authors, is seen as animating today’s nat...

    • 50 min
    Suzanne Schneider & The Ideology Behind Gun Ownership in America

    Suzanne Schneider & The Ideology Behind Gun Ownership in America

    On January 21, 11 people were killed in a mass shooting in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles, California. Two days later, 7 people were killed in another shooting in Half Moon Bay, a small city on the coast south of San Francisco. It was the 37th mass shooting in the United States in 2023, only 24 days since the year began. So why is it that despite these repeated incidents, gun laws in the United States are becoming less rather than more restrictive? What is the ideology that is driving A...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Toby Buckle & Freedom According to the Right

    Toby Buckle & Freedom According to the Right

    On June 24, the US Supreme court overruled a landmark decision: Roe v Wade. For nearly 50 years, abortion was a constitutional right in the Unites States. No more. “The constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.” Read the decision. But quite apart from the legal argument, everyone knew this was at heart deeply political decision. Three of the judges in the majority opinion were appointed by the previous presiden...

    • 1 hr 17 min

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