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The Role of the State in the Space Race

Written by Mark Rahman Monday, 08 December 2014
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onthemoonOn June 23, 1905, Orville Wright became the first person to successfully fly a powered aircraft. Just 56 years later, in April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, when Vostok 1 made a successful orbit of the Earth. Flight, and later space travel, were viewed as an indication of humanity’s progress and ability to overcome even the most enormous of obstacles, in this case, the Earth’s gravitational pull. But the recent explosion of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket on October 28, and the explosion of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo just a few days later seem to highlight the primary obstacle in the way of humanity’s development today: the private ownership of the means of production.

 

The Crisis of Cosmology - Part two

Written by Adam Booth Tuesday, 18 November 2014
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cosmologymeta500The other three main pillars of cosmology– quantum mechanics, the SMPP, and general relativity – are not without glaring problems. In most cases, these are of a more theoretical, dare it be said, philosophical nature.

 

Ebola: an epidemic made in the capitals of Europe and America

Written by John Pickard Monday, 20 October 2014
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hazmat-thA spoof Daily Mail front page is currently circulating on the internet, screaming that giant Islamic spiders are spreading Ebola in Britain and, what's more, at taxpayers’ expense. It won’t be long before we see life imitating art.

   

Food and the Socialist Revolution

Written by John Peterson Thursday, 08 May 2014
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food-processing-thAmericans’ dysfunctional relationship with food is regularly lamented or mocked in the media and in academia. What is never explained is the root cause of this dysfunction. Marxism explains that conditions determine consciousness. Your physical and social environment heavily influences the choices you make by limiting the very choices that are available to you.

 

The degradation of science under capitalism

Written by Adam Booth Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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quantum-thCenturies of scientific research and investigation have helped to propel society forwards and improve the lives of millions. This strength of the scientific method and its ability to discover and innovate has been so great that it has created a mystical sense of infallibility surrounding science. But, as with all other areas of society, the senility and decay of capitalism is now being reflected in the question of science also, and many are starting to worry about the reliability of research.

   

Karl Marx is the "Best Scientist of Them All"

Written by Joel Ang Friday, 24 January 2014
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marx-engels thKarl Marx has been decried by mainstream economists and news outlets as dead, irrelevant and/or outdated. A new study published by the world’s most reputed scholarly journal, Nature, once again shows that despite the hue and cry of naysayers and those who would revise history, his specter cannot be exorcised.

 

Quantum physics, dialectics and society: from Marx and Engels to Khrennikov and Haven

Written by Ben Gliniecki Wednesday, 04 December 2013
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quantum-thQuantum physics occupies a fascinating place at the cutting edge of modern scientific research. First developed in the early 20th Century, quantum theory is allowing today’s scientists to plumb new depths when it comes to matter and motion. A new book, Quantum Social Science, by Andrei Khrennikov and Emmanuel Haven argues that applying the logic of quantum theory to social systems can take our understanding of human society to a whole new level.

   

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