Climate Science and Nuclear Strategy

August 16, 2016 Mbeljac 0

There is a good article with much food for thought in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the climatic impacts of nuclear exchanges by William Ossoff, a budding young scholar. The article opens by saying, Improvements in climate modeling have provided greater insights into the long-term consequences of nuclear […]

The Nebula and the Swamp: Just Responses to Terrorism

August 5, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Ramzi Kassem, of the City University of New York, has a splendid oped in The New York Times on France, the state of emergency and terrorism. It is well worth reading, and thinking about. Gilles Kepel in a work on jihadi groups in Egypt, written not long after the assassination […]

The Structure of Mathematical Revolutions

August 1, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Discussion of Kuhn’s account of scientific revolutions often focuses on the physical sciences, which is unsurprising given that Kuhn was a physicist by training. I have also felt that this physics based focus also is a reflection of how physics has become the king of the sciences. The modern world […]

Quantum Social Science is Intellectual Quackery

July 26, 2016 Mbeljac 0

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 to follow the quixotic path given prevailing systems and standards […]

Neoliberalism and the Return of Belle Epoque Science

July 20, 2016 Mbeljac 0

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 publicly funded schools, especially those catering to the working classes. […]

Was Frege a Quack?

July 20, 2016 Mbeljac 0

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 is the defence of public space in opposition to the […]

Hey RRW Baby, Welcome Back Iz Missed Ya!

July 13, 2016 Mbeljac 0

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 the depletion and over use of fossil fuels, and his […]