Re: [OPE] intermission: value of knowledge

From: Dave Zachariah <>
Date: Fri Nov 13 2009 - 06:51:21 EST

2009/11/13 Paul Cockshott <>

> Knowledge, we must remember, is not something imaterial,
> it is not 'ideas'. It is always embodied in a material carrier : books,
> records, or the far more perishable human brain. These
> embodyments do wear out, just like other means of production.
> Labour must be expended to maintain them, and in the absence
> of this maintainance it is lost.
In discussions and articles on the 'knowledge-based economy' etc., I have
often found that materialists lack a materialist theory of information and
knowledge, and succumb to some humanist ideology about knowledge residing in
a human essence.

//Dave Z

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