Fischer’s Theorem and the Mind’s Big Bang

May 10, 2018 Mbeljac 0

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 […]

The Flower and the Butterfly

January 17, 2018 Mbeljac 0

Symbiotic relationships pose chicken and egg problems, which abound. One that has always intrigued is the question; what came first, the flower or the butterfly? Recent research more firmly establishes that the answer to that question very much is the butterfly. A paper published in Science Advances provides a fascinating […]

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 […]

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

October 27, 2017 Mbeljac 0

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, […]

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 […]

Thomas Nagel on the Naturalism of Daniel Dennett

March 5, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Thomas Nagel, without question one of my favourite philosophers and writers, has a nifty review of Daniel Dennet’s latest work in The New York Review of Books. Nagel has written quite a few articles lately in the London and New York Reviews, which is splendid for too much Nagel is […]

The Cosmic Gaia Hypothesis and the Copernican Principle

January 18, 2017 Mbeljac 0

As a geological fellow traveller, I have always been interested, I would say extremely fascinated, by the seemingly symbiotic interactions between earth systems and biological systems. David Grinspoon writes a truly thought provoking article for Nautilus on this topic, which is adapted from a just published book of his. In […]

Why Thomas Nagel Is Almost Certainly Wrong

November 28, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materalist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012). Thomas Nagel was born in Belgrade so I can’t help but have a certain affection for his writing, even though I recognise that none other reason can stand as […]

Does the Deep Earth Biosphere Suggest There are Ecosystems on Mars?

September 18, 2016 Mbeljac 0

Astrobiology is perhaps the newest scientific discipline, and a noteworthy feature of astrobiology is its highly interdisciplinary nature. The boundary between intellectual disciplines are largely social, not natural nor cognitive, constructions and this point is worth reflecting upon when thinking of the so called “demarcation problem” in philosophy. Science and […]

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 […]