Archive for February, 2015

What does the "Many-Worlds Interpretation" of Quantum Mechanics even mean?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Sean Carroll identifies some Wrong Objections to the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, which is fine but I'd rather he addressed some of the better ones. I have always thought of (my own experience of) the universe as corresponding to (a very small part of) one particular configuration of a stochastic system, and that having a […]

What's in a Name?

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Shadi Hamid and William McCants (of the Brookings Institution) object that "John Kerry Won’t Call the Islamic State by its Name Anymore". The article contains two arguments, the first very bad and the second very good. The good argument is that no non-Muslim has any business dictating what is or is not "true Islam". It may be […]

More on Zealotry

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

The proper response to Islamic Zealotry (including some criticism of Walzer's position) has also been discussed (again in 'The Atlantic') by Shadi Hamid with particular reference to the situation in France. Hamid points out some of the real inconsistencies in the French (and much of the European) position, but his analysis also seems to me to be dangerously off-base in […]

Christians Enraged by Obama's Failure to Demonize All Muslims

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Apparently the conservative pundits and right wing religious types are all excited about President Obama's having mentioned that using religion to brutalize other people is neither a Muslim invention nor foreign to the American experience. According to ThinkProgress, Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said, “The evil actions that he mentioned […]

The Media analyses Varoufakis' wardrobe

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The European has an article on the new Greek finance minister - which apparently picks up on a report in The Guardian. There is also news about his discussions with Osborne and other Euro finance ministers but in a profile of the man I would have liked to learn more about his economics background. Anyhow I guess it's nice […]