SchwartzReport: Science is Not About Certainty Rather About Most Reliable Way of Thinking at Present Level of Knowledge

This is a really excellent essay on the nature of science. Rovelli’s observation: “Science is not about certainty. Science is about finding the most reliable way of thinking at the present level of knowledge” is one of the most insightful things I have read about science in a decade. There are also very insightful comments about the competing worldviews in physics, and science’s relationship to religion. This piece has been excerpted from The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin, Mysteries, and Future of the Cosmos.

Science Is Not About Certainty
CARLO ROVELLI, professor at Université de la Méditerranée, Marsei – New Republic

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Berto Jongman: TX Hammes on Future War — Many Small versus Few Expensive

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The Future of Warfare: Small, Many, Smart vs. Few & Exquisite?

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To illustrate how small, many, and smart are emerging as major shifts in warfare, this article will start by examining why it is now possible to create small, smart, and cheap platforms that have sufficient range and combat capability to fulfill the very challenging role of power projection. It will then examine the implications for U.S. defense.

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Chuck Spinney: The Emptiness of Neo-Liberalism

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

This is one of the best critiques on neo-liberalism as an extreme ideology that I have read.  It is long but well worth the investment in your time. On a personal note, I have long been offended by the neo-liberal hijacking of F.A. Hayek’s ideas, especially those on the relationship of central planning to the limits of information, which fit my empirical studies of the Pentagon’s decision-making pathologies like a hand fits a glove. Yet, Pentagon spending is a subject that most neo-liberals, like Congressman Paul Ryan, refuse to countenance.  Neo-liberals, led by Milton Freedman, have twisted Hayek’s ideas into an uber capitalist, free-market, quasi-religious dogma.  Lehmann’s essay is an admirable evisceration of that extremism.

Chuck Spinney

Neoliberalism, the Revolution in Reverse

Chris Lehmann

The Baffler, No. 24, 2014

The neoliberal flight from public responsibility is actually a curiously instructive tale of strikingly other-than-intended consequences.

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