Re: (OPE-L) Re: Labour aristocracy

From: Paul Cockshott (clyder@GN.APC.ORG)
Date: Thu Jan 15 2004 - 18:24:48 EST

Ian Wright wrote:
> Hello Rakesh
> I didn't get the overall direction of your questions, but I was reeled in to
> try to answer:
> >Doesn't the movement of mental laboring
> >activities, e.g. writing code,  assume the application of the Babbage
> >principle to mental operations ... ?
>   A more
> philosophical point is that, according to the Church-Turing thesis, the
> reduction of human mental activity to the simplest operations has been
> achieved, which completes Babbage's program. The Church-Turing thesis is
> informally the hypothesis that all human mental activity is replicable by a
> particular class of machines, of which an ordinary personal computer is a
> finite example. This means that all mental labour can in principle be
> automated.

This raises the question of whether the law of value would
still operate were the church turing principle to be taken to
its limit.

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