August 29, 2014

Information, Creativity, and Surprise

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My review of Gilder's book published by the Acton Institute follows these preliminary comments. I believe that the book Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World is indeed revolutionary. Author George Gilder is first an economist so this book, which he sees as the culmination of his life's work (Gilder also wrote Wealth and Poverty), is appropriately about economics. But it is much more. Gilder draws on information theory and posits that information, not chemical and physical processes are the ground of epistemology. What does that mean in plain English? Simply this: science itself is discovering that knowledge can not be circumscribed by what we can see and measure; that much more can be known about the world beyond the measurements of the world's material properties (the chemical and physical processes of things). This is astounding for for two reasons. The first is that it corresponds to what St. Maximos the … [Read more...]

George Gilder Has A Very Big, Economy Boosting Idea

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You've heard me assert elsewhere that just as Marx and Freud have fallen, so will Darwin. And by it I mean Darwinian creation mythology, particulary the idea that the universe is random. Think of it this way: if the universe was indeed random at the outset, then where did the laws that govern matter come from? They could not have existed apart from matter because in that case the universe would not be random. The only place the laws could have originated from is the matter itself. Anything else explodes the mythology. The real problem here is course are the materialist presumptions that shaped the mythology. We call it philosophical materialism and it created what historians call The Myth of Progress. The Myth was heady stuff in its day but it was exclusively dependent on philosophical materialism, the idea that all that exists is matter. Freud applied the thesis to the person, Marx to history, and Darwin to origins. Faith in the Myth died on the killing fields of WWI when Europe … [Read more...]