The Structure of Mathematical Revolutions

August 1, 2016 Agrippa 0

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 has become the king of the sciences. The modern world […]

Quantum Social Science is Intellectual Quackery

July 26, 2016 Agrippa 0

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 to follow the quixotic path given prevailing systems and standards […]

Neoliberalism and the Return of Belle Epoque Science

July 20, 2016 Agrippa 0

The neoliberal era has been often described in terms of “private avarice” and “public squalor.” An example of this dichotomy is the difference between the lavishly resourced private school sector, especially those catering to the rich, and the squalor of publicly funded schools, especially those catering to the working classes. […]

Was Frege a Quack?

July 20, 2016 Agrippa 0

The duck has become the symbol of the Ne Da(vi)mo Beograd protest movement (a play on words which means both “we will not give up Belgrade” and “we will not drown Belgrade”), that is gathering momentum in Serbia. At issue is the defence of public space in opposition to the […]

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 […]