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...

Saving the Republic – Term Limits III

Reduce the Market Itself Donald Trump campaigned explicitly on term limits. His proposal was that Senators serve only two terms (for a total of 12 years) and that Congressmen and Congresswomen serve only 3 terms (a total of 6 years, for those of you who slept during...

Saving the Republic – Term Limits II

How to Justify Legislation Every problem, no matter how small or inconsequential, can never fail to be magnified, exaggerated, or – with a suitably agenda-driven Media – simply concocted out of whole cloth by partisan hacks and flacks, and then...

Saving the Republic – Term Limits (pt. 1)

Campaign Finance Reform – A Primer All attempts at Campaign Finance Reform in these United States have failed. ALL. Every single one of them. If that sounds like exaggeration, just consider that attempts to limit the influence of money in politics is typically...

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.

The Loss of American Social Power – Homelessness

I have to confess to being interested in politics, perhaps unhealthily so. I wasn’t always. It wasn’t like I had some childhood fascination with my local senator. In truth, I think I’ve only ever voted in one Presidential election. (I may have voted...