Re: [OPE-L] is algebra dialectical and vice versa?

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Wed Sep 14 2005 - 07:40:02 EDT

Ian Wright wrote:
> Perhaps a better question is:
> Is computation dialectical and vice versa?

In his paper
Marciszewski whose political views are clearly those of a free-market
advocate, makes criticisms of the feasiblity of doing any kind of
modeling of the economy using computers. These criticisms hit at
the kind of work that Ian has been doing, but I think they miss
the point because he fails to understand the power of abstraction
and the significance of discovering bulk functional properties
of the economy.

He says:
Any theoretical explanations and predictions of social processes require taking
into account intelligent behaviour of the actors involved. (iii) Hence, computer
simulation of social processes requires an algorithm to simulate intelligent
behaviour of the actors involved.

I think that Ians work indicates that one can generate testable
comparisons between simulated economies and real economies using
what are basically very simple models that abstract from intelligent

Paul Cockshott
Dept Computing Science
University of Glasgow

0141 330 3125

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