Author Archives: Agrippa

Magisterial New Study on Sociality and Evolution Points to a Link Between Cooperation and Survival

We often forget that one of the most well known exponents of classical anarchism, the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, founded that intellectual discipline we now call “sociobiology.” This fact is of significance for in his Mutual Aid Kropotkin, an anarchist-communist, … Continue reading

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As Atrocities at Our Universities Mount New Forms of Struggle are Needed to Restore the Autonomous University

Almost daily one hears of an account of an atrocity conducted by university management at our increasingly corporatised universities. The Guardian today writes of the case of Dr Paul Frijters at the University of Queensland. It would appear that the … Continue reading

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Scepticism Isn’t the Matter. Matter is the Matter

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 … Continue reading

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ANTIFA: The UPF’s Comrade in Arms.

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 … Continue reading

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Obama Uses Visit to Hiroshima to Reward Abe for Remilitarising Japan

In order to understand the world, both natural and social, one needs to look beyond appearances. This is especially the case with President Obama, whose uplifting rhetoric is designed to hide a much grubbier reality. The much hailed visit to … Continue reading

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Put the Liberals Last, Then Unsheathe the Strike

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 … Continue reading

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The Riemann Hypothesis as a Counterexample to Coherentism in Epistemology?

Coherentism is the main alternative account of justification to that of foundationalism. With the latter, justification is based on beliefs, much like with axioms in mathematics, which are held to be basic and self evidently true. From those beliefs a … Continue reading

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Cooperation and Evolution: The Case of Sympatric Speciation.

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 … Continue reading

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Why the Efficient Market Hypothesis is Correct

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 … Continue reading

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The Sarmat ICBM and Hypersonic Warheads

2016 is supposed to see the first flight tests of the Russian replacement to the SS 18 “heavy” land and silo based SS-18 ICBM, and the missile, known as “Sarmat,” is scheduled to start entering into service in 2018. The … Continue reading

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