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When Physics Became a Gigolo: Superprofits For Supergravity.

“Is the end in sight for theoretical physics,” asked Stephen Hawking at his inaugural lecture as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Hawking defined “the end” of theoretical physics to be the successful development of a complete, … Continue reading

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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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Does A Possible Russian Space Weapon Prove Space Arms Control Is Unverifiable?

The United States this week has accused Russia of potentially deploying a weapon in space in October 2017, a claim widely reported upon. The principle of verification, or verificationism, is the thesis that a sentence has meaning only if it’s … Continue reading

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Is Bad Philosophy a Hole in the Brane Inhibiting Progress in Physics?

“Scientists need philosophers of science like birds need ornithologists,” so said Richard Feynman yet Carlo Rovelli, one of the era’s more deeper thinkers boldly branching out beyond the sterile disciplinary boundaries, has written a most thought provoking paper on the … 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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North Korea, the Negligence Doctrine and Catalytic War

Among nuclear weapon states there exists a subset that could be said to constitute a nuclear complex. A nuclear weapons complex consists of states that possess an intercontinental nuclear targeting capability, a capability that might see the states of the … Continue reading

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The Shaky Throne: String Theory, Inflationary Cosmology, and The Very Idea of Scientific Explanation.

Thomas Kuhn is most well known for developing a model of scientific revolutions, the plural is important, which to no small degree considers sociological factors to be significant to any explanation of the shift from normal to revolutionary science. One … Continue reading

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