Scepticism Isn’t the Matter. Matter is the Matter

June 7, 2016 Agrippa 1

Galen Strawson is a philosopher whose ideas I have a certain affinity for, and his recent op-ed in the New York Times on consciousness and the physical is well worth reading. I have for a few years now had certain ideas flowing in my head regarding epistemology and its relationship […]

ANTIFA: The UPF’s Comrade in Arms.

May 30, 2016 Agrippa 1

Two events occurred over the last week that are worth contrasting. The first was the appearance of the leader of the far right nationalist group, United Patriots Front, Blair Cottrell, at a rally of dairy farmers on the steps of the Victorian parliament. The speech was widely lampooned, as it […]

Put the Liberals Last, Then Unsheathe the Strike

May 23, 2016 Agrippa 0

As Australia heads to the polls it is worth keeping in mind that all the signal advances made toward a socially just Australia have been accompanied by an upsurge of strikes and labour movement militancy. The great strikes of the 1890s were key events that ushered in the system of […]

Cooperation and Evolution: The Case of Sympatric Speciation.

May 18, 2016 Agrippa 0

I like to keep a tab on current thinking regarding cooperation in biology, especially evolutionary biology. I do this for two reasons. Firstly, I find evolutionary biology to be intrinsically fascinating and I am always on the lookout for new types of thinking in evolutionary theory that step beyond the […]

Why the Efficient Market Hypothesis is Correct

May 14, 2016 Agrippa 0

According to neoclassical free market economics, which has it that markets know best, markets are efficient as they incorporate all available information. In particular, financial markets are efficient and they are not prone to mania, bubbles, and spectacular crashes. This view of markets has been dominant, and has framed, indeed […]