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

August 16, 2018 Mbeljac 0

“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 relationship between philosophy and physics. The focus of the paper […]

Galen Strawson of Mind and Matter

July 5, 2018 Mbeljac 0

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 […]

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 […]

North Korea, the Negligence Doctrine and Catalytic War

February 22, 2018 Mbeljac 0

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 complex interact in advertent and inadvertent ways. North Korea, from […]

On the Humanities and Naturalistic Inquiry

January 11, 2018 Mbeljac 0

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 […]

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, […]