Linking INF to New Start: Whither Arms Control?

June 27, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Two recent developments, both linked, on the arms control front are worth reflecting a little bit on. The thing that links them is the apparent Russian violation of the INF Treaty. Republican hawks in Congress seek to link renewal of the New START treaty to continued Russian compliance with the […]

Sarajevo

June 26, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, is a very nice place to visit and to which I hope to return. There’s a tendency for Western tourists to visit so that they can see some war porn, but that’s not why one should travel to Sarajevo. To be sure evidence of the […]

CERN and the Crisis of Big Science

June 23, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Dennis Overbye has a nice article on the LHC at CERN and the, so far failed, search for supersymmetry at the New York Times. One of the things that Overbye focuses on is what he calls the “nightmare” of the physics community, or better still the physics establishment, namely that […]

Logic and the Mechanisation of Reason

June 18, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White, If A Then B: How the World Discovered Logic, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014). This is a truly unique book. It is a history of logic, but it is not a normal history. Not too many existential quantifiers here nor barbers requiring a shave. […]

The Limitations of Libertarian Municipalism

June 15, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Murray Bookchin is one of the 20th century’s most well known anarchists. His Post Scarcity Anarchism and Social Anarchism and Lifestyle Anarchism are by now anarchist classics. Furthermore, Bookchin played a very important role in the advent and development of the ecological movement. His ideas regarding “social ecology” there too […]

Future of Plutonium Pit Production at Los Alamos

June 15, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Albuquerque is that place Bugs Bunny should’ve taken a left turn. Most of us know it as such but for those interested in nuclear weapons The Albuquerque Journal is always a must read rag. Where else can you get good articles on plutonium pits, like this one on plutonium pit […]

North Korea and the Limitations of the Missile Technology Control Regime

June 13, 2017 Mbeljac 0

The Missile Technology Control Regime is the international communities leading instrument for containing the proliferation of missile technologies. The situation regarding North Korea and Iran demonstrates its limitations, and those limitations ultimately derive from the fact that it is an entirely supply side approach to stemming the flow of missile […]

Algebra and A General Theory of Logic

June 12, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Michael Friedman’s Reconsidering Logical Positivism, which I have read before but recently got in the mail, is a very good and important book which argues, persuasively, that the dominant interpretation of logical positivism within the Anglo sphere is wrong. It’s not just the empiricists who have got logical positivism wrong, […]