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From: "Bill Sloman"
Subject: Re: High Tech economy in the US
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 21:44:07 +0100
Organization: Planet Internet
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"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
> On Thu, 16 Jan 2003 09:10:50 -0800, the renowned John Larkin
> >who actually took *two* semisters of freshman economics!
> Don't you love the application of differential equations to economics,
> explaining economic cycles (oscillation)?
> Here's a quote from an e-mail I got from a friend this morning that I
> think illustrates modern economics...
> "The outcome of this project was LaRouche's introduction of
> axiomatically non-linear notions of individual human cognition,
> explicitly, to that science of physical economy which had been first
> established by the relevant 1671-1716 work of Gottfried Leibniz. His
> own work located the determining, non-linear factor in increase of
> society's potential relative population-density in the relations
> exemplified by the role of the machine-tool principle in linking
> proof-of-principle experiments to the development of advanced designs
> of both products and productive processes."
> What the f*ck does that mean?
"I need a pompous introductory paragraph here".
The first sentence makes some kind of sense, though "axiomatically
non-linear notions of human cognition" implies a mathematical model of human
cognition which has to be oversimplified, granting that human cognition is
not exactly well understood at the moment.
The second sentence looses me definitively at the phrase "proof of principle
experiments". The first half of the sentence is apples and the next half is
pears. It might help if I knew what the phrase "machine-toll principle" was
intended to imply. At this level of higher bullshit, it ought to mean
something like "a machine-tool is a tool that you can use to make another
machine tool" rather like von Neumans' self-replicating robots, but this
reading doesn't help me much with the rest of the sentence.
Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
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