Neoliberalism and the Return of Belle Epoque Science

July 20, 2016 Mbeljac 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 Mbeljac 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 Mbeljac 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 Mbeljac 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 Mbeljac 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 […]