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Category Archives: Physics
This is the introductory post on a short series on the rules of the games that people play, and where to look for predictability. Continue reading
This last post in the series explains why I believe it is time to say goodbye to Einstein, and why I look forward to how our worldview develops in the light of this CERN discovery of material superluminality. Continue reading
This second post in my series on the superluminality observed (or suspected) at CERN looks at why we cannot accept it.
When they discovered particles going faster than light at CERN, they didn’t want to believe themselves. They were practically begging the rest of the community to find a mistake in this discovery. Why would they do that? This post and its follow ups will try to shed some light on this strange lack of faith.
This post is an expanded version of a Web interview regarding my blog. It attempts to answer the question why I blog. And why one should take philosophy seriously. Seriously!
About a fifty-year old Parker pen that held an important lesson for me.
Some beliefs are superstitions, while some others are scientific theories. What exactly is the difference between them? Let’s listen to what Pirsig has to say about it. Continue reading
Here is an unreal look at the what and why of time. Why do we have a sense of time when none of our five senses can sense it? Continue reading
When philosophers look at anything, it becomes a bit technical. Their technical analysis may sound boring and irrelevant. Here is an attempt to tilt things in their favor. Continue reading
What do we mean by rationality? Why do we think it is a good thing to be rational? Continue reading
Blind-sight is an interesting neurological syndrome, and a philosophical conundrum. It shows how we may have senses that we are not consciously aware of. If there are senses that we can be unaware of, how sure can we be of the “sensed”? Or of our “delusions”? Continue reading
Here is a concept of God that doesn’t violate the known principles of science, and should therefore be consistent with the so-called scientific worldview. Mind you, plausibility of the concept says nothing about its veracity; but it may say something about it being a delusion. Continue reading
Mathematical finance is built on a couple of assumptions. The most fundamental of them is the one on market efficiency. Is it wise to trust this assumption? Are there limits to it? Are we operating at the right scale to ignore the shakiness of the market efficiency assumption? Continue reading
This post is a continuation of my earlier musings on the Big Bang theory. This one looks at the foundational assumptions of quantum gravity. In management speak, it is a high level overview, which sounds like I understand it. In a physicist’s lingo, it is merely a layman description or a hand-waving argument. In other words, the management types out there may like it better than the smart ones. You be the judge! Continue reading
This article appeared in the Wilmott Magazine in Jan 2009, and talks not quite about the chaos and uncertainty of the last few months in finance industry can be summarized in two words. It is more about the physics concepts bearing the same names, and how they can be applied to the turmoil in the financial and economic world. Continue reading
Another post in the latest blitz of physics/philosophy articles, this one presents an idea that the significance of the speed of light a la Special Relativity is a consequence of our perception rather than an assumption. Continue reading