Re: [OPE-L] Inter-species slavery

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Fri Nov 24 2006 - 10:52:54 EST

I believe I have some grounding in information theory, I draw it
not from sociologists but from Shannon, Chaitin and Kolmogorov.

See the paper
which attempts to introduce marxists to information theory as it was
developed in the 2nd half of the 20th century.

Paul Cockshott

-----Original Message-----
From: OPE-L on behalf of Dogan Goecmen
Sent: Fri 11/24/2006 12:06 PM
Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Inter-species slavery

"This is why I emphasise  the central role of the communication
and persistence of  information."


I doubt whether you have  an adaquate concept of communication and
information. You seem to define these  concepts in the tradition of pure socilogist
scholars like Mead  and  Habermas. But scholars of materialist culture theory,
Raymond Williams, for  example, define the means of production also as means of
communication. They are  therefore also storage of information. Because of this
in Capital, Marx suggests  distinguishing historical epoches not on the basis
of what has been produced but  on the basis of how has been produced. After
all I find your approach very  eclectic. Like Smith and Marx I am a
dialectician. This seems to be the reason  why we do not come to a conclusion.

Socialist  greetings


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