Monthly Archives: December 2016

Russia Tests PL-19 Nudol Missile: ASAT or BMD Missile Test?

Russia appears to have tested the PL-109 Nudol missile, billed by most commentators as an anti-satellite weapon test (ASAT). The source of the reports on this come from Bill Gertz, so you should be careful of the framework of analysis … Continue reading

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As Social and Political Crises Deepen Post Yugoslav Kleptocracies Stoke Nationalism

Nationalistic rhetoric and recrimination in the former Yugoslavia has not been this bad since the start of the war in the early 1990s. Much like the tacit alliance between Serb and Croat nationalists at Borovo Selo back then the current … Continue reading

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Trump and Nuclear Command and Control: The Donald Fits Deterrence to a T.

For the world, US society, just about everything and everybody save the mega rich, the election of Donald Trump as US President is a veritable disaster. One of the more interesting, and potentially disastrous, aspects to a Trump presidency that … Continue reading

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Well That About Wraps It Up For God: Schrodinger’s Cat Shows There is No God.

Some more wacky summer fun. We’ve all heard of Schrodinger’s Cat paradox, for details of the experimental set up see this nice little primer. After one hour of what Schrodinger referred to as his “diabolical experiment,” thankfully also a gedankenexperiment, … Continue reading

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Toward a Naturalistic Theory of The Self: Are We All Of The One Self?

Summer is a good time for wildly speculative thinking, so wild that it might betray lack of understanding and discipline. But, it is good fun. Say there exists a class or set which we dub the class of human selves. … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking On Our Dangerous Times: Great Analysis, Wrong Conclusion.

Stephen Hawking writes a great article in The Guardian. He provides us with great analysis, however the prescription Hawking offers is off the mark, in my view. He observes, More than at any time in our history, our species needs … Continue reading

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Island of Stability, Magic Numbers and Kuhnian Anomalies in the Theory of the Nucleus

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has formally named four new elements previously discovered. As reported by Physics World The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has officially named four new elements: 113, 115, 117 and … Continue reading

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