Chapter 4: Judicial Remedies?

The bar created by Chappell – a judicial exception to an implied remedy for the violation of constitutional rights – surely cannot insulate defendants from liability for deliberate and calculated exposure of otherwise healthy military personnel to medical...

Episode 4 – The Case Against Public Education

Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish and improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils, and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.

Episode 3: What Happened To Modern Science? aka How and When we got to Post-Modern Science

“The crucial event was that one which for almost two hundred years had been felt to be impossible, but which nevertheless took place near the start of this century: the fall of the Newtonian empire in physics. This catastrophe, and the period of extreme turbulence in physics which it inaugurated, changed the entire history of the philosophy of science. Almost all philosophers of the 18th and 19th centuries, it was now clear, had enormously exaggerated the certainty and extent of scientific knowledge.” ~David Stove, “Popper and After”

Episode 2: What is Science? And What Isn’t Science?

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. Max Planck I’m going to begin with two claims about the state of...

On What It Means to Be a Marine on our 244th Birthday

I slammed on the brakes, sending Scott forward. He didn’t curse. He was reaching for his M4 as he looked up.
“Oh, fuck-”
I just nodded my head. Thirty yards in front of us, we could see the little flags in the ground, red and white, in neat rows, some rows completed, some not. Some entirely white, others a combination of red and white. It was part of the extensive United Nations mine-clearing effort in Afghanistan; I had driven us into an old Russian minefield and we were fully in it.