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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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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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On the Humanities and Naturalistic Inquiry

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 … Continue reading

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Apolitical Politics and the Perestroika Movement: Once More Unto the Behaviouralist Breach.

Whatever happened to the perestroika movement in political science? It has not achieved its objectives, many sadly lament. Man is a political animal, or so wrote Aristotle in his Politics. Much that passes for “science” in political science, game theory … Continue reading

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The Ecology of Big Science

The interface and interlinkages between science and society has long been of especial interest to me, and much on the topic has been written since the 1960s. For example, work on the different attitudes of physicists and computer scientists toward … Continue reading

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As Atrocities at Our Universities Mount New Forms of Struggle are Needed to Restore the Autonomous University

Almost daily one hears of an account of an atrocity conducted by university management at our increasingly corporatised universities. The Guardian today writes of the case of Dr Paul Frijters at the University of Queensland. It would appear that the … Continue reading

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