The author of this site, Criton Zoakos, began investigating the relation between the crisis in fundamental science and the broader crisis in Western civilization back in 2008, in the context of the sharp and ongoing financial crisis that began at that time. This was part of his duties as an independent economic researcher, a profession that he practiced for 24 years: 4 years as international economist for supply-side theorist Jude Wanniski’s Polyconomics, Inc., and 20 years — from 1994 to 2014 — as founder and owner of the research firm Leto Research, LLC that specialized in geopolitical and political risk assessment.
The financial crisis of 2008 brought into sharp focus the role that mathematical modeling and thus mathematics itself had played in the creation of financial risk diversification products, which were instrumental in bringing about the near collapse of the world economy that year. At that time, the financial industry had been employing a larger proportion of mathematicians with advanced degrees than the Manhattan Project had employed in its time.
The 2008 crisis was the product of a manifestly failed application of mathematical symbolism on such social phenomena as economic behavior and financial practices. That failure prompted the author of this blog to embark on a broader inquiry into the function of mathematics across all sciences, both social and physical. He was aided in this by his earlier training in classical philosophy under the patronage of Dean Emeritus Jude P. Dougherty at the School of Philosophy of Catholic University of America where he obtained a Master’s Degree and completed the course requirements for a Ph.D. (although without submitting a doctoral dissertation).
This inquiry into mathematics led directly to a study and review of the issues raised by Jacob Klein in his seminal Greek Mathematical Thought and the Origins of Algebra, together with a review of the burgeoning contemporary literature on the crisis in theoretical physics (some key titles are listed in Source Materials) and Edmund Husserl’s indispensable contribution to the history of science, The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology.
The author’s practical life experiences range from a 24-year stint in the financial industry during his mature years to another 20-year stint in radical politics during his misspent younger years: 6 years leading his own independent Marxist Greek anti-junta organization and 14 years as founding Director of Intelligence in the US- and Europe-based International Caucus of Labor Committees, a hard-to-label radical political movement that flourished during the first Reagan administration and subsequently degenerated into a cult.
His entries in this blog are products of an ongoing endeavor to utilize the combined perspective of his theoretical background in the philosophy of science and his practical experiences in both the financial industry and the world of radical politics (the two unique incubators of unorthodox ideas prone to revolutionize society, albeit in distinctly different ways) with the aim of attempting to make sense of the great transformations and turbulence increasingly shaking our civilization in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis. This is further elaborated in our statement of Purpose.