This blog is maintained by Lajos Brons, a Dutch philosopher and social scientist living in Japan.
I created this blog with a twofold purpose in mind. Firstly, to “publish” writings that deviate too much from academic writing in style, substance, and/or approach to be published in an academic journal. And secondly, as a kind of public notebook in which I explore ideas and/or summarize research that may eventually lead to formal, “academic” publications. However, the articles published on this blog have been growing longer and more extensively researched, and because of that, I’m now spending much more time researching and writing blog posts than writing “academic” texts.
The main topics addressed in this blog are philosophy, (criticism of mainstream) economics, climate change, and “social issues” ranging from gender to democracy. It is quite likely that other topics will appear at some point in this blog, and that other topics somewhat fade into the background, but philosophy, (adaptation to) climate change, and cultural critique will remain its core focus. To some extent, this blog is an extension of my booklet / pamphlet The Hegemony of Psychopathy or vice versa. At least, that text is closer in style and substance to this blog than to any of my more “academic” writings. (Regarding style, I tend to spend more time researching stuff than writing (and I actually rather dislike writing), and partially because of that (but also because I don’t have the time for endless revisions), the articles in this blog tend to be rather unpolished. Perhaps, this is the main difference with my “academic” writings which go through many rounds of revision and rewriting and sometimes take years to write.)
Maintaining this blog costs money. Maintaining this blog’s writer costs more money, however, and unfortunately, that writer (i.e. me) doesn’t have it. I only teach at a university part time (sometimes supplemented with other part time research positions etc.), and spend way too much time researching and writing blog posts.
If you find this blog useful or important (or something like that), please consider making a small contribution to keep the blog and its writer alive. You can find this blog’s Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/fisma.
About the Name of this Blog
“𝐹=𝑚𝑎” is a representation of Newton’s Second Law of Motion. The formula:
states that the force 𝐹 needed to change the momentum of an object is the product of that object’s mass 𝑚 and the acceleration 𝑎. Acceleration is a change in momentum, and an object’s momentum is its motion status. Hence, acceleration is a change in the motion status of an object: from standing still to moving, speeding up, slowing down, changing direction, and so forth. Any change from moving at constant speed (which may be zero!) in a straight line is a change of momentum and thus an acceleration. Consequently, what the above formula says is that the “heavier” and object, and the bigger the change in its motion status, the more force is needed to cause that change. This is often referred to as the inertia of objects. Inertia is the tendency of objects to maintain their momentum – that is, to keep moving (or to stand still) at constant speed and in a straight line.
Social objects such as societies, institutions, ideas, ideologies, and so forth are as inert as physical objects. Changing their momentum (or motion status) also requires force proportional to the product of their mass and the extent of change (i.e. acceleration) desired or required. If we move the mass 𝑚 to the front of the above formula, we get:
which states that mass is force divided by acceleration, or in other words, that mass is resistance to change. And this is one of the main topics of this blog: the resistance to (necessary!) change of societies, ideologies, and (bad) ideas, and the force 𝐹 that is needed to overcome that resistance.
Although there is a possibility to comment on articles in this blog, I haven’t published any of the comments submitted yet, and it is quite possible that this won’t change. I do read all comments submitted, however (except spam and angry rants), and on a few occasions I made corrections in articles based on valid objections.