Author Archive for Peter

06
Jun
18

Enlighten

It is really worthwhile to look at the first and second laws of thermodynamics and whether one should consider the biophysical reality of entropy in the context of economic growth.

But, generally speaking, economic growth is a human construct that uses the theory of infinite substitutability to deny any Liebig type limit. Not only that, but the prevailing economic theories ignore the externalities of production through a very liberal application of ceteris paribus as well as discounting the value of the future.

While much of this seems patently ridiculous in terms of the physical, chemical and biological laws of nature, infinite growth is a hypothesis that has a lot of appeal at a political level. To decouple from the growth paradigm would almost certainly immediately cause a global economic recession that would have very similar impacts to the actual effects of non-substitutability. There may simply no other way to sustain the wants of the current population.

The other part of the answer lies in the ability of capital to promote the interests of capital and pevert our social and cultural value systems. Modern propaganda, tries to teach us that the seven deadly sins are in fact virtues, that fiscal profit equates with social profit. Greed is good and economic self interest is the new political capital.

Because of this, and a number of other factors, the individual will to self sacrifice for future generations and to acknowledge limits to consumption simply does not exist in an enlightened democractic majority. The majority prefer to believe that everything will keep getting better and this is the message the political class sells.

07
Apr
18

Data

i googled
something i shoudnt have
will google come get me,

even if i dont hit enter?

27
Mar
18

Never buy back your soul

Being afraid that one is not explicit enough

So, the Basel mode

main purpose being to demonstrate
how and why discourse analysis
can never satisfy the scientific approach.

I say
He say
We say
You say

We all talk
Over
And over
And over
And over again

You won’t believe you’re on the eve of destruction.
So you continue with the discourse
About the pathway that takes you there.

11
Mar
18

Morals

Humans invented anthropogenic moralism in order to establish a framework for interacting with each other and with the rest of the planet. This is why we have a moral diversity, because nature is diverse and humans are products of this.

Moralism has however, become largely anthropomorphic and in my opinion this is the greatest moral challenge of our time. We place our highest values on consumption of the natural world without empathising with the implications of this consumption for other forms of life.

If moral absolutism exists, and I think it should, it would be focussed on establishing a true value system that incorporates the impact the entirety of a product’s production chain has on life, rather than simply focussing on the human desire for the final product.

We have been given every indication that our consumption based model is morally absurd as it destroys life, and the ability of the planet to maintain life.

And yet we are increasingly devoted to it as our morals are corrupted to embrace the values of; Lust, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Pride, Envy and Gluttony.

20
Feb
18

Value III

I am not so sure Sonny, most business models disregard the energetic input available to reproduce cyberspace and consumption.

Advertising simply uses natural resources to promote the further use of natural resources. If natural resources are limited, and I can assure you they are, then the business model actually has no social or environmental value.

That is to say the value is purely speculative, and subject to the ability to produce paper/digital profits from the increased use of natural resources.

Our value system is increasingly based on securing short term profits through longer term destruction. Those that profit promote this as a belief which many buy into because the religiosity doesn’t mention the side effects.

Collectively the human race is addicted to a system that promotes anthropogenic egotistical value above life itself. For example, the industry of war is increasingly valuable even though we know the implications.

15
Feb
18

Value II

The valuation of goods is based on rarity, as perceived through an anthropomorphic veil.

True value, can only be represented as the energetic costs of their production.

The work required to extract and consume minerals is worthless unless repeatable. I will make reference to a greater wisdom than mine:

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money

We are caught in a logical fallacy, a religious belief that the means of production represent value, when in fact they largely represent destruction of real value, in the consumption of life itself.

15
Feb
18

Value

Just wait until they find out, the true value of Facebook and snapchat like things.

All they have to sell is consumption, the goal of which seems to be the destruction of the natural world.

What a ignominious goal for humanity, to worship growth until we run out.

As Plato said, they see but the shadows of things, not the things themselves.