Re: science

From: Michael Williams (michaelj.williams@TISCALI.CO.UK)
Date: Thu Oct 30 2003 - 05:23:08 EST

A tendency exacerbated by modern information technology, one might add?


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> From: OPE-L [mailto:OPE-L@SUS.CSUCHICO.EDU] On Behalf Of
> Rakesh Bhandari
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> Subject: science
>   Marx, Theories of Surplus Value, Vol I, p. 353
> 'According to Hobbes *science*, not *operative labor*, is the
> mother of the arts.
> "Arts of public use, as fortications, making of engines, and
> other instruments of war; because they confer to defence, and
> victory, are power; and though the true mother of them, be
> *science, namely the mathematics*; yet because they are
> brought into light by the hand of the artificer, they be
> esteemed, the midwife passing with the vulgar for the mother,
> as his issue" [Leviathan]
> The product of mental labor--science--always stands far below
> its value, because the labor time needed to reproduce it has
> no relation at all to the labor time required for its initial
> production. For example, a schoolboy can learn the binomial
> theorem in an hour."

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