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 […]

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 […]

North Korea’s Peanut Shaped Hydrogen Bomb and the W87 Warhead

September 5, 2017 Mbeljac 0

There have been some reports stating that the peanut shape of North Korea’s two-stage thermonuclear warhead displayed, and tested, on September 3 is unlike that of other hydrogen bombs. This is not accurate. The physics package of the W87 warhead also possesses a peanut like geometry. We know this because […]

Can a Nucleus Have Four Neutrons and Two Faces?

July 25, 2017 Mbeljac 0

Two cool new results in nuclear physics that promise to extend our understanding of the nucleus have been in the news. The first relates to the possibility of a stable four neutron nucleus, and the second on the relative stability of some light nuclei with deformed shapes occasioned by energy […]

The Signal and the Noise: Revolutionary New Cosmology at LIGO?

July 23, 2017 Mbeljac 0

The discovery of gravitational waves promised to usher in a new age of empirical cosmology, with potentially significant implications for our theoretical understanding of the physical world. Roger Penrose in a new paper is claiming that this promise has been delivered. At issue is “noise” in the signal of gravitational […]

How Sure Can We Be of Nuclear Fusion?

July 1, 2017 Mbeljac 0

How solid is the case for nuclear fusion? Most of us would say, in principle at least, that it is rock solid. Bloomberg has an article on the Trump administration and funding for nuclear fusion efforts, that is funding associated with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The article quotes […]