The Cosmic Gaia Hypothesis and the Copernican Principle

January 18, 2017 Agrippa 0

As a geological fellow traveller, I have always been interested, I would say extremely fascinated, by the seemingly symbiotic interactions between earth systems and biological systems. David Grinspoon writes a truly thought provoking article for Nautilus on this topic, which is adapted from a just published book of his. In […]

Wikipedia and the Geology of Victoria

January 12, 2017 Agrippa 0

You have to be wary of Wikipedia, and there are two claims regarding the geology of Victoria made on Wikipedia that I find puzzling. The first and foremost is on the formation of the Great Dividing Range, of which the Australian Alps constitute the southern tip. The Great Dividing Range […]

Steven Weinberg On The Trouble With Quantum Mechanics

January 5, 2017 Agrippa 0

Steven Weinberg has an interesting article to appear in the forthcoming edition of the New York Review of Books on the foundations of, indeed the trouble with, quantum mechanics. Weinberg declares himself to be “not so sure about the future of quantum mechanics,” that is he is not so sure […]

North Korea Preparing a Hwasong-13 (KN-08) ICBM Test?

January 3, 2017 Agrippa 0

The New York Times reports that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong un, in a new year’s address announced that North Korea is putting the final touches to preparations for a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The New York Times article states. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said on […]

Tweet My Nukes: Nuclear Declaratory Policy Goes Twitter Generation.

January 2, 2017 Agrippa 0

The cold war warrior, and author of NSC 68, Paul Nitze, observed that there are two types of nuclear weapons policy what he called “declaratory policy,” which is for “political-psychological effects,” and “actual policy,” which are the secret nuclear weapons employment plans to be used in times of conflict. Usually […]