Monthly Archives: July 2016

Quantum Social Science is Intellectual Quackery

Intellectual life is replete with blind alleys, and wrongful paths. Some of these strike latter observers as being oddities, such as say alchemy, but nonetheless for all their weirdness it is easy to see how a reasonable person could come … Continue reading

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Why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Richard Feynman had a curious relationship with philosophy; he was quite the philosopher, in my opinion. Have a look at this masterful discussion of the question; why?! This is just joyful.

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Crisis and Rationality: Behavioural Economics and the Ideology of Irrational Exuberance.

The rise to prominence of behavioural economics, and behavioural finance, following the global financial crisis or the great recession or whatever you want to call it is a curious affair, well worth pondering especially given the way that behavioural economics … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism and the Return of Belle Epoque Science

The neoliberal era has been often described in terms of “private avarice” and “public squalor.” An example of this dichotomy is the difference between the lavishly resourced private school sector, especially those catering to the rich, and the squalor of … Continue reading

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Was Frege a Quack?

The duck has become the symbol of the Ne Da(vi)mo Beograd protest movement (a play on words which means both “we will not give up Belgrade” and “we will not drown Belgrade”), that is gathering momentum in Serbia. At issue … Continue reading

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Hey RRW Baby, Welcome Back Iz Missed Ya!

Michael Klare is a good analyst, and I have been reading his stuff for a long time. For instance, he has written a good book on the security implications of the looming energy crisis, that is the crisis posed by … Continue reading

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SUSY, Feynman, and Plutonium

SUSY where ‘art thou? The University of Melbourne is currently hosting a conference on supersymmetry or SUSY, which is a theory that seeks to address outstanding anomalies in particle physics by positing a new symmetry principle, that is one beyond … Continue reading

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The Minsky Model of Financial Instability and the Politics of Regulation

The reregulation of the financial system is often presented as a panacea for financial crises, and the one we are going through most especially. I don’t want to discuss here the details of the inadequate response to the global financial … Continue reading

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Federal Election 2016: Some Quick Preliminary Thoughts

Just some quick thoughts on the 2016 Federal Election, which I would hope to return to in a more substantive post later on. The Result. All kinds of speculation exists on this. Most seems to be of the view that … Continue reading

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From True Believers to True Hacks: Why No Corbyn or Sanders in Australia?

As lefty Australians observed from across the seas with wonderment and joy the Sanders campaign in the United States, and the rise to the Labour leadership of Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom, they increasingly asked in frustration; where are … Continue reading

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