The incommensurability thesis of Thomas Kuhn is mostly harmless and mostly trivial. Think about something else. You’ve only got one life.
On the cultural impact of quantum mechanics, physical reality and the completion of quantum mechanics, and the wonderful life of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Albert Einstein never won the Nobel Prize for physics on account of relativity, even though it became a well accepted part of our understanding of nature and acquired empirical support well within his lifetime. It was considered too different, too weird for so august a prize although oddly quantum mechanics, […]
An odd little article appeared recently in The New York Times on UDMH or unsymmetrical dimethal hydrazine and North Korea’s missile programme. The article pretty much is of a certain all too common genre. It’s main thrust, pun intended, is to suggest that North Korean technical advances have been facilitated […]
With regard to the nuclear standoff with North Korea, rightly, attention is increasingly turning from considerations of missile throw-weights, re-entry vehicle dynamics, and weapons type and yield to questions of nuclear strategy. I have, naturally, written much regarding both here but I would like to make some further remarks regarding […]
Dennis Overbye has a nice article on the LHC at CERN and the, so far failed, search for supersymmetry at the New York Times. One of the things that Overbye focuses on is what he calls the “nightmare” of the physics community, or better still the physics establishment, namely that […]