Author Archives: Agrippa

Problems of Realism and Reality: A Brief Disquisition on Hilary Putnam and Scientific and Mathematical Realism

Mathematics gives us insight into reality, but to what extent are both mathematics and science themselves real? What of Putnam’s take on these questions? Continue reading

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Nuclear Barbarossa: Sowing Instability and Running the Risk of War is the Object of Trump’s Iran Policy.

We have only to kick in the front door and the whole rotten edifice will come tumbling down. Hitler’s Russia policy then. Trump’s Iran policy now. Continue reading

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First as Tragedy, Twice as Farce: Decoding Iran’s Resumption of Enrichment at Fordow and Advanced Centrifuge R&D at Natanz.

The same fuckwits who helped push North Korea to a secret uranium enrichment plant are now pushing Iran toward one or two of its own. Continue reading

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Contiki Denuclearisation: Tourism and the Collapse of Working Level Talks with North Korea in Sweden.

Kim Jong Un’s on-the-spot guidance at multiple tourist resorts may be saying plenty on why the Stockholm working level talks on denuclearisation collapsed. Continue reading

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Sundries and Extras

Philosophy: Rationalism, in part, is the idea that there’s such a thing as innate ideas or innate knowledge. Rationalism as a philosophical, or better still scientific, thesis should not be confused with rationalism as ideology. These are two different things. … Continue reading

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Working Level Nuclear Talks Between U.S. and North Korea Collapse in Stockholm.

Don’t fret now for way out there in the blue a warm and friendly ghost striding upon a white horse gazes steely down on us. Continue reading

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North Korea’s Pukguksong-3 SLBM Test: What Insights Might We Draw?

What insights about capability and strategy might be drawn from North Korea’s Pukguksong-3 SLBM test? Continue reading

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Not So Squeezy: What to Make of North Korea’s Latest Round of Missile Testing?

Much water has flowed down the Kuryong since our last greeting on North Korea. Developments have been dominated by continued North Korean short range missile testing, although the enshrining of changes to the constitution of the DPRK (announced at a … Continue reading

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Nenoksa and Chernobyl: Will a New Arms Race Make the Sky Fall in on Mankind?

Parallels have been drawn between a mysterious explosion, on August 8, near the Russian village of Nenoksa, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986. The explosion was accompanied by an, albeit brief, spike in radiation levels detected at Severodvinsk, a … Continue reading

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When Physics Became a Gigolo: Superprofits For Supergravity.

“Is the end in sight for theoretical physics,” asked Stephen Hawking at his inaugural lecture as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Hawking defined “the end” of theoretical physics to be the successful development of a complete, … Continue reading

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