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 […]

Logic and the Mechanisation of Reason

June 18, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White, If A Then B: How the World Discovered Logic, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2014). This is a truly unique book. It is a history of logic, but it is not a normal history. Not too many existential quantifiers here nor barbers requiring a shave. […]

Algebra and A General Theory of Logic

June 12, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Michael Friedman’s Reconsidering Logical Positivism, which I have read before but recently got in the mail, is a very good and important book which argues, persuasively, that the dominant interpretation of logical positivism within the Anglo sphere is wrong. It’s not just the empiricists who have got logical positivism wrong, […]

When Physics Became King: The Smyth Report and Nuclear Terrorism

June 2, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Alex Wellerstein has an interesting take on an article published on the Smyth Report at The Atlantic. The Smyth Report, on the Manhattan Project, was published by the US government after World War Two and it is decidedly physics centric. It deemphasises the role that chemists, metallurgists, engineers, and mathematicians […]

Reconsidering Logical Positivism: The Question of Power.

May 12, 2017 Mbeljac 0

There is much that is useful to be learned from a study of intellectual history. Take, say, the question of positivism and its relation to systems of power, both political and economic. Michael Friedman wrote a great book on logical positivism, Reconsidering Logical Positivism, from an abstract philosophical perspective, but […]

Thought Experiments and Epistemological Naturalism

May 7, 2017 Mbeljac 0

We tend to forget that thought experiments have a rich history, and moreover that they played a critical role in the scientific revolution. In my opinion, a critical reason why their role in the scientific revolution has not been emphasised is because of the dominance of empiricism in Anglo-American philosophy […]

The Market as God

April 29, 2017 Mbeljac 0

An intriguing little book, which I must get my hands on, has recently been published by Harvard University Press entitled