Author Archives: Agrippa

The K-N-11 and THAAD: Sleepwalking Toward Catastrophe in Korea.

North Korea recently (August 24) conducted a test of the K-N-11, solid fuelled, submarine launched ballistic missile. There are a number of issues worth reflecting upon in light of the test, but I shall restrict myself here to its possible … Continue reading

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Advice: Don’t Be Mixing Plutonium With Kitty Litter, This Be Bad.

One of the most expensive nuclear accidents in US history, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, involved an exploding drum of Plutonium and Americium waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory after it, reportedly, reacted with, you guessed it, kitty … Continue reading

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FFS Close the *Bloody* Camps: Rally August 27 1pm Bring the Refugees to Sanctuary.

This Saturday tens of thousands of Australians all over the length and breadth of the continent will be assembling in protest demanding the closure of the refugee detention centres in Manus and Nauru, and for Australia to adhere to the … Continue reading

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From “Limited” to “Robust” Ballistic Missile Defense: Star Wars and MIRV Redux.

The Washington Post recently carried an important article on Ballistic Missile Defense. Essentially, the article reports on moves in Congress to change the official legislative remit of Ballistic Missile Defense, and its potential strategic consequences. There are two that I … Continue reading

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Climate Science and Nuclear Strategy

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 … Continue reading

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The Nebula and the Swamp: Just Responses to Terrorism

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 … Continue reading

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The Structure of Mathematical Revolutions

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 … Continue reading

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Quantum Social Science is Intellectual Quackery

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 … Continue reading

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Why!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Richard Feynman had a curious relationship with philosophy; he was quite the philosopher, in my opinion. Have a look at this masterful discussion of the question; why?! This is just joyful.

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Crisis and Rationality: Behavioural Economics and the Ideology of Irrational Exuberance.

The rise to prominence of behavioural economics, and behavioural finance, following the global financial crisis or the great recession or whatever you want to call it is a curious affair, well worth pondering especially given the way that behavioural economics … Continue reading

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