Economic Growth and the Doomsday Argument

November 13, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Say there are two lottery urns, one containing 1000 balls each numbered from 1 to 1000, and the other containing 10 balls each also numbered from 1 to 10. We have two individuals, one Alice the other Bob. Alice will reach into one of the lottery urns, out of sight […]

The Space Launch System and the Copernican Principle

September 11, 2017 Mbeljac 0

There has been a trifecta of very recent news regarding the Space Launch System, which I almost missed given the frenetic activity associated with North Korea’s strategic nuclear programmes. NASA reports that a full scale model of the core of the Space Launch System, key to a future manned Mars […]

The Ecology of Nuclear War

July 22, 2017 Mbeljac 0

A recent study of the ecological consequences of a limited nuclear exchange involving the established nuclear weapon states concludes that it would take a relatively small number of nuclear detonations to trigger significant climatic impacts, and that upon a planetary scale. Essentially, the study, by Liska, White, Holey and Oglesby, […]

Biodiversity Loss and Biological Annihilation

July 18, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Recently I happened to come across a book on biodiversity loss which stated, in the introduction, that much had been written about the crisis of biodiversity loss but little about what may be done about it. That book was written in 1975. Matters, of course, are much worse now and […]

An Association of Ecological Socialists?

July 2, 2017 Mbeljac 0

I am thinking of helping to form a small affinity group of ecological socialists. The group could engage in political actions in solidarity with those conducting traditional forms of class struggle, most especially those possessing as their objective the emancipation of the working class, and ecological activism in solidarity with […]

How Sure Can We Be of Nuclear Fusion?

July 1, 2017 Mbeljac 0

How solid is the case for nuclear fusion? Most of us would say, in principle at least, that it is rock solid. Bloomberg has an article on the Trump administration and funding for nuclear fusion efforts, that is funding associated with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The article quotes […]

The Limitations of Libertarian Municipalism

June 15, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Murray Bookchin is one of the 20th century’s most well known anarchists. His Post Scarcity Anarchism and Social Anarchism and Lifestyle Anarchism are by now anarchist classics. Furthermore, Bookchin played a very important role in the advent and development of the ecological movement. His ideas regarding “social ecology” there too […]