[extropy-chat] Can the Future Do Without Economic Logic?

Technotranscendence neptune at superlink.net
Sat Dec 9 23:32:23 UTC 2006

On Saturday, December 09, 2006 4:07 PM Damien Broderick
thespike at satx.rr.com wrote:
>> Not by those acting mainly on monkey
>> motivations, but by agents operating at
>> higher levels of organization, no?
> Which Charlie Stross was playfully hinting
> at in his projections of whuffie incentives
> and hypercalculational planning mocked by
> these economics students (quite possibly
> with good cause, but maybe not).

Not having read his novel, I can't say.  :)  Heck, I'm still trying to
polish off the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, so it'll be a while.  :/

Understand, too, that the mises.org crowd are going to focus on their
favorite subjects, so when they come to any work of fiction, I expect
them to be more sensitive to economics -- maybe to the point that they
miss some wider issue.  (This is not to say they're, to a man, myopic to
the point that they can't see anything but economics in any work.  In
fact, I offer up Paul Cantor as an interesting counterexample.  See,
especially, his work on esthetics, such as _Gilligan Unbound_ and his



*  The description for his online lectures reads:

"Paul Cantor, Clifton Waller Barrett Professor of English at the
University of Virginia, is a pioneer in literary criticism from an
Austrian perspective. Having studied with Ludwig von Mises, he is
working to counter the Marxist understanding of culture that dominates
in the humanities today."



I highly recommend them.

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