Class 2: “Whaddaya Know?” Kepler and the Limits of Mathematics

WHEN: Dec 14, 3pm eastern (note time change!)
SPEAKER: Jason Ross, LaRouchePAC "Basement" Project

The fraudulent 1972 book The Limits to Growth used a computer model to prove that excess growth was dooming the human species. Yet their silly model couldn't account for the creation of fundamentally new technologies. So, in reality, they "proved" that without fundamental technological progress, the human species would be in danger, and then claimed, on this basis, that progress must be halted.

This failure of mathematics was deliberate and meant to fool others. But how many people fool themselves? Trump points to the growth of the stock market as representing an economic boom, but do these numbers tell the full story? What is creating our economic future?

In this class, we will accompany the first modern scientist, Johannes Kepler, as he forces astronomers to abandon mathematical explanations for the planets and to join him in demanding a knowledge of physical causes. This is the crucial factor required to really understand economics!

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  • Brandon Brophy
    commented 2019-12-16 21:10:32 -0500
    In mainstream economics classes, they teach you that variable A represents technological innovation. They tell you it’s the most important factor in increasing productivity, but they do not tell you how innovation happens. I most economist give this much thought. We say one of the problems is the ‘experts’, but that is not a precise descriptor. The problem is with the ‘specialists’. Specialists lack the creative ability to discover new principles or derive them from them from different fields of thought. When a specialist runs into a dead end in their field, they either go into nonsense or give up. They do not look in other fields to borrow principles.. This is a huge problem in economics and finance right now. The serious discussion of possibly going into negative interest rates is an example of financial specialists going deeper into nonsense
    Kepler was not a specialist. He looked to physical science, geometry, music to aid him in his discoveries. Even in reading his work, you can find a deep understanding of literature. I had never thought I would read metaphors of dragons in a legitimate science book, until reading Kepler.
    For professionals in a field of study or even a culture to demand a knowledge of physical causes, we first need an understanding of how creative people think and intuit. And for that we need a high order culture based on creative reason which bonds people together. If not the, absence of creative culture will spread like a yeast trying to bond people by their lowest animalistic impulses. Part of this is the need to rebuild physical representations of a culture of creative reason at the centers of town and cities, where people can come together again. Europe was built with massive churches and cathedrals at city centers.
    Creating our economic future is to build a creative culture based on creative reason and build new infrastructures which reflect the discovery of new principles.
  • Jason Ross
    commented 2019-12-13 21:47:28 -0500
    Hi there! Please share your reflections and responses here. :)
  • Jason Ross
    published this page in Reanimating an Actual Economy: 2019 Class Series 2019-11-25 15:19:02 -0500