The Core Problem with Natural Science: ‘Nature’ is Not ‘Natural’

The core issue with natural science, in the sense it has been understood since the 17th century, is simple, and devastatingly so.  What natural science intends by the term ‘natural’ is simultaneously what makes ‘nature’ appear comprehensible via empirical method.  However, ‘nature’ for the most part is not ‘natural’ in the requisite sense.  Interestingly, the… Continue reading The Core Problem with Natural Science: ‘Nature’ is Not ‘Natural’

Doom and Gloom Predictions from Unusual Sources

In a study, ironically for the most part paid for by different departments of the U.S. Government, including as disparate departments as NASA and the NSA, the biggest indicator historically of human civilizations failing has been extremes of wealth inequality.  There are usually other factors, damage to the immediate environments of those civilization, rampant diseases… Continue reading Doom and Gloom Predictions from Unusual Sources

Why I Dislike Apple Maps and Texas Roads

Although Google maps has its vagaries as well, I really dislike Apple maps, particularly when dealing with Texas roads. On Friday I had a meeting in San Antonio.  I don’t know San Antonio all that well – I lived for a matter of months in a subdivision on the north-east side, but was more concerned… Continue reading Why I Dislike Apple Maps and Texas Roads

‘At Will’ or ‘Right to Work’ Law Bites Employer Rather Than Employees in Austin, Texas

I happened upon a news article regarding HP being upset with GM for hiring away a good number of its Austin staff to populate GM’s new IT/Development shop being set up in Austin.   Now Texas is, like many states, an ‘at will’ employment state. In general this situation favors employers, who require no reason… Continue reading ‘At Will’ or ‘Right to Work’ Law Bites Employer Rather Than Employees in Austin, Texas

Bitcoin and Virtual Currency

While it’s not inaccurate to refer to Bitcoin as ‘virtual’ currency, it can be a misleading description, because in a couple of important senses nearly all modern national currencies are also virtual, and in one of those senses Bitcoin does not have the same virtual nature as those currencies. When currencies began to take over… Continue reading Bitcoin and Virtual Currency

The Need to Rethink Economics – Thomas Pinketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

In a way, we are in the same position at the beginning of the twenty-first century as our forebears were in the early nineteenth century: we are witnessing impressive changes in economies around the world, and it is very difficult to know how extensive they will turn out to be or what the global distribution… Continue reading The Need to Rethink Economics – Thomas Pinketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”