Galen Strawson of Mind and Matter

July 5, 2018 Agrippa 0

Galen Strawson, Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc, (New York, New York Review Books, 2018). It would be tempting to attribute Galen Strawson’s peculiar brand of naturalism to the hashish and the LCD, but readers of this site would know that I have long adhered to something […]

Corporate Power and the Failure of the Australian Labour Market

June 28, 2018 Agrippa 0

The Australian labour market increasingly exhibits the classical signs of market failure due to positive externalities. The best approximation to Paul Krugman in Australia is the economic correspondent for The Guardian Greg Jericho. Economic literacy is a critical component of citizenship in capitalist society, and the great value of Jericho’s […]

Fischer’s Theorem and the Mind’s Big Bang

May 10, 2018 Agrippa 0

Bobby Fischer described the evolution of his capability to play the game of chess by saying , after years of singular devotion, that “by the age of eleven, I just got good.” There’s something quite profound at work here, with import beyond the game of chess. Let me explain. Ian […]

Russia Reportedly Tests Nudol ASAT Weapon

April 5, 2018 Agrippa 0

Doubtless we have all seen the report of a sixth test by Russia of the Nudol, which the United States intelligence community assesses to be a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon or ASAT. The report comes to us courtesy of Ankit Panda of The Diplomat and is based on credible official […]

North Korea, the Negligence Doctrine and Catalytic War

February 22, 2018 Agrippa 0

Among nuclear weapon states there exists a subset that could be said to constitute a nuclear complex. A nuclear weapons complex consists of states that possess an intercontinental nuclear targeting capability, a capability that might see the states of the complex interact in advertent and inadvertent ways. North Korea, from […]

The Flower and the Butterfly

January 17, 2018 Agrippa 0

Symbiotic relationships pose chicken and egg problems, which abound. One that has always intrigued is the question; what came first, the flower or the butterfly? Recent research more firmly establishes that the answer to that question very much is the butterfly. A paper published in Science Advances provides a fascinating […]

On the Humanities and Naturalistic Inquiry

January 11, 2018 Agrippa 0

I cannot think of many who had the same depth of insight and breadth of interest as David Hume, and his accounting of history and its relation to the sciences remains apposite. Consider his well known, and still controversial, declaration of the study of history in An Inquiry Mankind are […]

The Juchefication of North Korea’s Missile Programme

January 8, 2018 Agrippa 0

Late last year Khrustalev Vladimir reported on a visit to North Korea where spoke to representatives of the National Aerospace Development Administration, which oversees North Korea’s space programme. What grabbed a lot of people’s attention was that the representatives he spoke to revealed that North Korea plans to launch a […]