Tag Archives: Epistemology

Rage Against the Machine!

The Enlightenment bequeathed us the view we are not machines. Capitalism is a machine serving itself and which makes the self a machine. Ira contra machina! Continue reading

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Incommensurability: Mostly Harmless

The incommensurability thesis of Thomas Kuhn is mostly harmless and mostly trivial. Think about something else. You’ve only got one life. Continue reading

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The Quantum Moment, Roads to Reality, Wittgenstein and All That

On the cultural impact of quantum mechanics, physical reality and the completion of quantum mechanics, and the wonderful life of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Continue reading

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Galen Strawson of Mind and Matter

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 … Continue reading

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Fischer’s Theorem and the Mind’s Big Bang

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 … Continue reading

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On the Humanities and Naturalistic Inquiry

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 … Continue reading

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Economic Growth and the Doomsday Argument

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 … Continue reading

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Why Only US? On The Very Idea of a Social Construction

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 … Continue reading

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On North Korea’s Indigenous Production of UDMH: A Small Spat Reveals Much

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 … Continue reading

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North Korea and Nuclear Strategy: Risk , Rational Expectations and the Stability of Deterrence.

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 … Continue reading

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