October 18, 2017 — Building on the concept of the productive powers of labor, we cover the most important shifts in technological level, which, over historical time, have brought about new eras of human history. These incommensurable improvements, based on new knowledge, demand new vocabularies.
Name a specific branch of industry or a particular manufactured product that interests you. It has to be one that has existed in some form for at least 30 years. (Computers are fine, but not smartphones, please.)
Research the industry or product and briefly describe two significant changes in the production process. What enabled the use of those new processes?
Reading for next class:
Read the first five pages on the website Non-Quantitative Change, up through and including “Cantor: The Uncountable Continuum, Part 2.” This includes the video on Cantor. (The video on Riemann’s habilitation dissertation can be saved for the following week.)
Showing 12 reactions
Sign in with
Yes, it makes sense that in a more productive society, fewer hours of work per week would be sufficient for providing the necessities of life. Investing that extra time in useful education / skill-development and cultural / scientific pursuits would absolutely make sense, and be the right kind of cultural outlook. I’m not sure how the “mandatory” part would work… But in a growing and optimistic culture with greater opportunities, I think people will somewhat naturally move towards such types of self-development to take advantage of new possibilities.
Wouldn’t it be good, if the productivity of the economy grew so far, that it would be enough to work for 20 hrs. a week and spend some of the gained freetime for constant (mandatory) education programs?
I don’t think the law of identity eliminates radical skepticism about existence. In my experience, people hold such views for emotional, rather than logical reasons. Working through free will as a concept has worked well for me in changing people’s minds on the topic.
On the topic of identifying contradictions, I really suggest examining Nicolaus of Cusa’s approach towards contradictions (in his De Docta Ignorantia), as applied by Kepler to the orbits of the planets. Here’s a video I made on this topic, under the concept of “metaphor”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPT21P4rEYQ
Yes, I think that is a typo. Perhaps someone converted from W to kW twice. The average solar radiation striking the earth is about 200 W/m^2, which would be 0.2 kW/m^2.