SUSY, Feynman, and Plutonium

July 7, 2016 Agrippa 0

SUSY where ‘art thou? The University of Melbourne is currently hosting a conference on supersymmetry or SUSY, which is a theory that seeks to address outstanding anomalies in particle physics by positing a new symmetry principle, that is one beyond the standard model, that links fermions (characterised by units of […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Gettier Problem in the Philosophy of Science.

May 12, 2016 Agrippa 3

Philosophy of science has a curious relationship to epistemology, or the theory of knowledge. There is little doubt that in the 20th century the philosophy of science took on a life of its own largely independent of epistemology. Interestingly, given that we begin by making an historical observation, some of […]

Who Was David Hume? A Rationalist, of course!

May 9, 2016 Agrippa 0

One must grant a belated happy birthday to David Hume (May 07, 1711), one of history’s most insightful thinkers and a favoured philosopher of mine despite the conservatism that is often associated with him. Gottlieb, in a timely review of a new intellectual biography of Hume, observes, “in 2009, he […]

Kuhnian Anomalies and Evolutionary Thought

April 23, 2016 Agrippa 0

One thing that interests me is the question of anomalies and the structure of scientific revolutions as per Thomas Kuhn. We tend to associate anomalies and revolutionary science with the physical sciences, most especially physics. This is unsurprising because ours is a society where physics has become the queen of […]