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A former visitant of UC Santa Cruz, former union boilermaker, ex-Marine, Vietnam vet, anti-war activist, dilettante in science with an earth-shaking theory on the nature of light (which no one will consider), philosopher in the tradition of Schelling, Hegel, Merleau-Ponty, Marx, and Fromm (sigh, no one listens to me on that either), author of a book on wine clubs (ahem), and cast-off programmer of ancient computer languages.
I've recently had two physics articles published in an obscure but earnest Central European journal (European Scientific Journal http://www.eujournal.org/index.php/esj) but my main interests remain politics and philosophy.
Friday, November 11, 2016(6 comments)
Now is the time, 2018 is the prize
A hundred million citizens are going to be horrified in the days ahead, appalled by Republican policy makers and dismayed by Democratic sell-outs and losers. In each state, in each district, we need to be recruiting real progressive candidates for office in 2018, whatever their affiliation.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016(8 comments)
Do Physicists Love Their Paradoxes Too Much?
The "Twin Paradox" in Relativity theory has involved an abiding difficulty with clarifying how arbitrary periods of uniform motion between accelerations, when each twin will observe the other's clock to move relatively slowly, can be resolved at their reunion. But there is a non-paradoxical explanation for the effect that has not been previously proposed.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015(27 comments)
Suggestions for more friendly numbers about space and time
The ways things are identified and described are often arbitrary conventions handed down from early influential persons or groups. We have conventions involving numbers that aren't the best way of communicating their quantities or ranges, and there's no good reason they shouldn't be improved upon.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014(41 comments)
Is theoretical physics dead-ending?
It is argued that theoretical physics has been reduced to a heavily defended branch of pure mathematics. A paper that can't be accepted or criticized in the current climate is offered for evaluation, involving an exploration of time as the dynamic aspect of the spacetime continuum, with numerous corollaries that enhance Special Relativity, including an explanation for why the speed of light is absolute and ultimate.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014(8 comments)
We need to organize -- NOW!
There are various political strategies being advocated and tried to counter our steady descent into an imperial, oligarchic police state of environmental devastation.
Top-down and bottom-up have been tried.
Let's try building a personal (or "inter-personal") organization, a structured bottom-up, top-down democracy based on tiers of small groups, each of which elects a representative to the next tier.
Thursday, January 16, 2014(2 comments)
The Principle of International Humanitarian Intervention
A consideration of political principles can seem dry and abstract, but a more explicit awareness of one’s principles can foster more effective political influence. After a discussion of political principles in general, this article maintains that it is sometimes right for the international community to intervene in a nation, militarily if necessary, to prevent genocide or massive injustice toward some part of its population.
Sunday, April 24, 2011(6 comments)
Gravitation, force and energy
Gravitation is described as a uniquely geometric phenomenon, incompatible with the concepts of force, energy, and inertia, and only analogically comparable by means of mathematical formalizations. Two thought experiments are employed to demonstrate that the association of gravitation with force and inertia is irreconcilable with the geometric interpretation and without theoretical foundation or empirical support.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011(3 comments)
Immigration Policy: the Liberal/Progressive Dichotomy
Differences of opinion about how best to deal with unauthorized immigration serve to profile subtle differences between liberalism and progressivism that are well worth exploring.
Thursday, December 23, 2010(5 comments)
Alternatives to a National Third Party
It's become clear to many of us that the Democratic Party and federal government have been captured by corporate interests and may be beyond meaningful reform for the foreseeable future. A third party in the U.S. has never been so desperately needed, and the obstacles to making it viable have never been so enormous. But there are fifty-plus potential long-term remedies, alternatives to a national third party.