Peak Knowledge and Social Complexity: Are They Linked?

April 19, 2016 Agrippa 0

The New York Times carries a thought provoking op-ed by William Gail on what he refers to as a looming new scientific dark age. Let us put aside the quibble that the dark ages might not have been as dark as commonly supposed. Gail makes the argument that as global […]

Forms at Home in the Universe: On Two Problems of Body

April 11, 2016 Agrippa 0

The mind-body problem we are familiar with, so let us not tally with this too much; at least, not yet. There is another problem of body, most famously formulated by Eugene Wigner, in his oft cited paper on the “unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics” in the physical sciences. How comes it […]

Self and Emancipation

April 6, 2016 Agrippa 0

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, in many ways the most significant architect of neoliberal Australia, not long ago told a gathering of school students, from Melbourne Grammar no less, that “In the last 30 or 40 years, the quest for self has become central and that quest is both unrewarding […]