Contra John here, I think the neo-Darwinian synthesis can predict. It is just that many of its practitioners are too vested in ignoring its implications. Or perhaps just don't know they are talking about. Unfortunately, the latter is depressingly common. It is also really depressing to reflect that Gaddafi submitted
This session of LinkFest is a week delayed, so I have included a double dose of love. Why Hilary's EmailGate Matters John Schindler continues to do yeoman's work on the true cost of Hillary Clinton's negligent handling of classified material on email. EMA will Assess ANSM review of botched clinical
This reminder of Pope John Paul II in his declining years makes for an interesting counterpoint to his successor, Benedict XVI. Each faced increasing age and debility; each selected a different way of responding to it. I think each way has its merits. The argument John makes here that the
John said in 2002 that no century in modern times had produced less intellectual history than the twentieth. Another way of putting it might be that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The quoted WNYC story in this post from 2003 is by now clearly right.
The most interesting part of this post is John's characterization of statehood in the early twenty-first century: Harris argues that the current (classical) Liberal order of sovereign states is essentially a subsidy system. The privileges of sovereignty were designed for polities that were economically viable, that could police their interiors,
Since I have talked a lot about John's mistakes regarding the Iraq war, let's turn to current events. Iran's nuclear program, and the negotiations thereof are much in the news lately. I mostly find this tiresome, since I don't care if Iran gets a nuclear weapon, and I also don't
There is immense value to a country in possessing nuclear weapons, at least in part because of the mythos that has grown up around them. Iraq didn't really have the ability to make nuclear weapons, but Saddam would be toasting his good health today if they did. [there are those