ANTIFA: The UPF’s Comrade in Arms.

May 30, 2016 Mbeljac 1

Two events occurred over the last week that are worth contrasting. The first was the appearance of the leader of the far right nationalist group, United Patriots Front, Blair Cottrell, at a rally of dairy farmers on the steps of the Victorian parliament. The speech was widely lampooned, as it […]

Put the Liberals Last, Then Unsheathe the Strike

May 23, 2016 Mbeljac 0

As Australia heads to the polls it is worth keeping in mind that all the signal advances made toward a socially just Australia have been accompanied by an upsurge of strikes and labour movement militancy. The great strikes of the 1890s were key events that ushered in the system of […]

Cooperation and Evolution: The Case of Sympatric Speciation.

May 18, 2016 Mbeljac 0

I like to keep a tab on current thinking regarding cooperation in biology, especially evolutionary biology. I do this for two reasons. Firstly, I find evolutionary biology to be intrinsically fascinating and I am always on the lookout for new types of thinking in evolutionary theory that step beyond the […]

Why the Efficient Market Hypothesis is Correct

May 14, 2016 Mbeljac 0

According to neoclassical free market economics, which has it that markets know best, markets are efficient as they incorporate all available information. In particular, financial markets are efficient and they are not prone to mania, bubbles, and spectacular crashes. This view of markets has been dominant, and has framed, indeed […]

The Sarmat ICBM and Hypersonic Warheads

May 13, 2016 Mbeljac 0

2016 is supposed to see the first flight tests of the Russian replacement to the SS 18 “heavy” land and silo based SS-18 ICBM, and the missile, known as “Sarmat,” is scheduled to start entering into service in 2018. The SS 18 is the missile that formed the basis of […]

Blurring the Threshold Between Nuclear and Conventional War

May 13, 2016 Mbeljac 0

I will be doing everything that I can to attend the Pine Gap peace convergence, near Alice Springs, in late September – early October. Pavel Podvig, an American analyst of Russian providence, writing for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, reminds us why activism of this type remains important. Podvig […]

The Gettier Problem in the Philosophy of Science.

May 12, 2016 Mbeljac 3

Philosophy of science has a curious relationship to epistemology, or the theory of knowledge. There is little doubt that in the 20th century the philosophy of science took on a life of its own largely independent of epistemology. Interestingly, given that we begin by making an historical observation, some of […]

Who Was David Hume? A Rationalist, of course!

May 9, 2016 Mbeljac 0

One must grant a belated happy birthday to David Hume (May 07, 1711), one of history’s most insightful thinkers and a favoured philosopher of mine despite the conservatism that is often associated with him. Gottlieb, in a timely review of a new intellectual biography of Hume, observes, “in 2009, he […]