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IASC Strategic Report

The Strategic Report 2012-2013 showcases the work of the Institute over the past year.
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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Minding Our Minds

Distracted? Having problems focusing? Overwhelmed by emails, texts, and tweets? In “Minding Our Minds,” our editors and writers examine the increasingly parlous state of our minds in the face of the information age’s relentless barrage of media and messages. More than simply a psychological or neurological manifestation, our ability—or inability—to pay attention is a symptom of a larger cultural phenomenon.

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Recent Blog Posts

THR Blog

Looking Beyond the New Numbers on Poverty

The new U.S. report on poverty and income offers a glimmer of light in an otherwise somber landscape. | Read post >>>

The Infernal Machine

Who Edits Google?

We are only now beginning to understand why the unstated norms that shape the design and use of computational algorithms need to be made more explicit--and therefore subject to critical public debate. For now, Google and Facebook don't have mastheads or editorial pages. The names of the people who make judgements about what an algorithm does are hidden. All we have is the veneer of mechanical neutrality and the invocation of an objectivity that operates beyond the human. | Read post >>>

Common Place

Local Food From a Farmer's Perspective

More than ever we need locally based solutions to transform our communities, and nowhere is this more clear or powerful than with our food. | Read post >>>

IASC Events

Upcoming Events

Institute Seminar Series - "Interpretation and Meaning"

3 October 2014

Isaac Reed (University of Colorado at Boulder) | Seminar

Fellows Cocktail Hour

10 October 2014

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Fellows Afternoon Tea

15 October 2014

| Afternoon Tea

Fellows Afternoon Tea

22 October 2014

| Afternoon Tea

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Paul Nedelisky

Featured Fellow

Paul Nedelisky

Postdoctoral Fellow

Paul Nedelisky is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute. He received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2013. In his dissertation he argued for a new way of thinking about the fundamental features of the world--the basic properties that together make up the qualitative way the world is. One interesting consequence of his arguments is that certain important features of the world turn out to be fundamental--features that many philosophers have denied are fundamental. These include the features of modality--i.e., possibility and necessity—along with intentionality and morality, among others.

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