Tag: Lee Smolin

  • Perceptions of Progress and Cultural Decline

    by Mark English Here is a short extract from a piece I wrote early this year: Variations on the general theme that things ain’t what they used to be are often heard but rarely taken seriously. And, as a general rule, the older the speaker is, the less seriously the claims are taken. Of course…

  • Lee Smolin’s Realism

    by Mark English Lee Smolin is a respected physicist who has always had strong philosophical interests and convictions. He recently articulated his realist views in a public lecture. What follows are my notes on his lecture mixed in with a few comments and observations. Smolin is strongly opposed to postmodernists who reject the notion of…