Sunday, 28 April 2013

A comment I made in the Economist 2 years ago.

The source of denial

This article as far as it goes is a promising start then here comes the "BUT" and a very big but it is too.
Any amount of austerity is a self defeating prophesy as all money is currently created as debt and only enough is produced to cover the initial principal not the interest and there you have it the Western obsession with growth rates and inflation the whole partisan political farce is based on a fallacy the system is based on debt and there not being enough money to redeem it.
What is required is a return to sound and Honest money where the means of exchange is issued and regulated by Governments not private banking Companies(Institutions?).
The current system ran out of road in 2007 and stupidly we bailed it out instead of tackling the root problem a further false Golden Goose was made in the image of the old one and we were all encouraged to believe we had not been seduced. Start looking at the Means of Production and human potential and consider money as the means to an end not an end in itself and a measure of the potential of production of Nations and their populations and then consider the current means of Exchange, Debt money and ask if it is truly fit for the purpose. Governments should take the management of the means of exchange back in house these farcical bail outs and ratings agencies are all perpetuating a fundamentally flawed system that exploits Tax payers rather than providing services for them Governments and Banks should function to serve the people not the other way around.
For some solid reading on these issues I can recommend.
There are a host of other level headed and objective analysis of the Nature of Money and the provision of a sustainable means of exchange such as Positive Money and Michael. Taking a purely customer driven and making a decision on the greatest available utility for the Customer/Taxpayer it does seem very silly indeed for a Nation to both underwrite , Bail out and then pay interest on something that it is its own inalienable right to manage free of interference by private interests. This is an outsourcing that has resulted in the tail wagging the dog it is time to cure the problem, of course the banking monopolists will be less than pleased but how many second chances do you see them handing out. They do not deserve the umpteenth chance of making this work they are overpriced over rated and under performing.
At the very least we should not be paying for them twice over so remove the ability of banks to create debt money. Secondly the money which central Govenments produce should be enough to match the productive out put of the individual economies. The fledgling african money system which Libya and Iraq were at the forefront of establishing is an interesting model that bears study indeed much of Sharia finance can teach our own Plutocrats some ideas about the basics of Human decency.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Signs Symbols Stories Language. Winston/Chomsky.( MIT)

Signs Symbols Stories Language.

Winston/Chomsky.( MIT)

Understanding in our minds and what we express through communication in language are not systems designed to compliment each other . This leads to confusions and the disjoint can be manipulated against our own best interests.

I have been pondering lately whether in Sweden a country that uses a language with 41,000 words; (approx.)

One way to get an estimate of the number of words in the Swedish language is to look at a dictionary. The online Woxikon dictionary lists over 41,000 Swedish words. It is interesting to note that more words started with “s” than any other, by far, and the least number of words started with “q” and “x.” This is only a rough estimate of the number of words in the Swedish language.

The Second Edition of the 20-volume  Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words. To this may be added around 9,500derivative words included as subentries. Over half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs; the rest is made up of exclamations, conjunctions, prepositions, suffixes, etc. And these figures don't take account of entries with senses for different word classes (such as noun and adjective).

I have been pondering lately whether in Sweden, a country that uses a language with 41,000 words, will access to  less words give Swedes more common stories and communicate their shared understanding at a more sub-concious level and more acurately. For instance allowing greater precision than admitted in English speaking nations, where inevitably there is a wider opportunity for misunderstanding  the other persons point of view, either expressed or assumed?

The above notions arise from my watching a film celebrating MIT's Artificial Intelligence department and two themes developed by Professors Chomsky and Winston on the apparatus used for Language and the idea of Story Telling in communication and learning being the re awakening of Latent understanding.

Are we bound more by our shared stories than by our Understanding of being. I would say yes of course we are we understand very little but actually share a common conditioned understanding of our stories. Politicians call them narratives, Ad men 'keep on message'. Meme's, Buzz words, Soundbites the unquestioned Facts of life communicated in Language often against our instinctive better natures.

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

Intuition and concepts constitute... the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.

The oldest, shortest words - 'yes' and 'no' - are those which require the most thought.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

In words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

The metaphor of language and prison:

“Whorf himself, and some of his followers, have suggested that we live in a kind of intellectual prison, a prison formed by the structural rules of our language.  I am prepared to accept this metaphor, though I have to add to it that it is an odd prison as we are normally unaware of being imprisoned.  We may become aware of it through culture clash. But then, this very awareness allows us to break the prison. If we try hard enough, we can transcend our prison by studying the new language and by comparing it with our own.”
Widening the prison:
“Admittedly, the result will be a new prison.  But it will be a much larger and wider prison.  And again, we will not suffer from it.  Or rather, whenever we do suffer from it, we are free to examine it critically, and thus to break out again into a still wider prison.”
Prisons as Frameworks:
“The prisons are the frameworks.  And those who do not like prisons will be opposed to the myth of the framework.  They will welcome a discussion with a partner who comes from another world, from another framework, for it gives them an opportunity to discover their so far unfelt chains, to break these chains, and thus to transcend themselves.  But this breaking of one’s prison is clearly not a matter of routine: it can only be the result of a critical effort and of a creative effort.”

 Robert Redford quotes  

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