Matrix, New and Improved

This is still an exploration, not yet a finished work, but we think that the progress since the last posting has been significant, especially in terms of organization.  Those who have already made suggestions, which were appreciated, will see how well we have incorporated them.




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5 comments so far

  1. martin on

    you might want to make your links to the pdf or the word doc more self explanatory.

    • A Mathematical Reader on

      This is a well-written piece full of interesting asides and quotations; however, I think that your use of the \’matrix\’ as a substitute for a reading of the materialist inter-relations of society is inherently idealistic and does not add anything but instead obscures. Instead of creating another mystical device what we need to do is explain the way in which economic changes in the base effect super-structural change above (of course in a non-simplistic or naive manner).
      You also appear to confuse some sort of matrix which stands as a substitute for historical materialist analysis with an input-output matrix reflecting economic inter-relations. This form of presentation could not be further away from that given by Marx in Capital – which was concrete and materialist throughout.
      In addition, your comments on Chaos theory should be revised as you appear to share widely held misconceptions about the theory. By this I mean that chaos theory does not mean random outcomes or indeterminancy; instead the theory illustrates \’sensitivity on initial conditions\’ i.e. if the starting position is only the smallest fraction (infinitesmally) different then at a given point/time the end result will be significantly different. It\’s not that we can\’t predict accurately – chaos is fundamentally determinist – the problem with the weather is that our initial data can never be sufficiently accurate to predict with absolute confidence even on a short time frame.
      All the same it is an interesting piece, albeit a little convoluted and meandering, but I find it hard to see what, apart from commercial interest, is offered by introducing the mystical \’matrix\’ to this analysis.

  2. mperelman on

    First of all, thank you for looking at the work and for your detailed comment. I already understood chaos, but you are absolutely correct that my brief explanation was terribly inadequate.

    Regarding Marx, he has been the foundation of my work for more than four decades. I guess you could say that this project deals with the superstructure rather than the basic structure of value theory and the social relations that it entails.

    I do not mean to offer an idealist vision, but just the opposite — a criticism of the idealists; that people become mesmerized by a (fetishized) impression that the have more control of the consequences of their actions, when, in reality, they are embedded (Polanyi as well as Marx) in a complex structure that they do not understand.

    What I just wrote was not intended to refute your comment, but rather to try to take advantage of it to integrate it (within my own context) into the text.

    Thank you again.


    Dear Michael, Dear Vincent

    Each new release reveals an incisive and stronger text. Suggestions:

    1) When you say ” Three examples one from each pillar illustrate the fallibility of human behavior within the complexity of the Matrix”, its not clear which are the three examples; 2) You should include the term ‘more’ in the sentence ‘When large parts of a system, such as an economy or a natural environment, depend on a single node, the structure becomes MORE vulnerable to unexpected disruptions’; 3) The chapter called “Imperialists vs. Capitalists?”‘ should have a different title, since the chapter doesn’t discuss capitalism; 4) The chapter “Economics﷓Induced Economic Explosions” can bring more examples, as Robert C. Merton, who won a Nobel prize for his method to determine the value of derivatives and later his investment fund broke, he almost create a big economic crisis. And the Frederic S. Michkin report (FINANCIAL STABILITY IN ICELAND) publishes in 2006 just before the bubble explosion

    Best Wishes
    Rodrigo Moreno Marques

  4. ilir Deebran on

    Economists don’t know how to measure the true rate of economic growth, because they can’t model the consumer’s perspective on technological advancement. Alex Gheg has released a new framework that can solve this problem. The hidden thoughts and feelings of people can be indirectly measured using the very accurate internal body clock, that we all have. Pleasure contracts time in the human mind, and we can see how this changes our daily circadian rhythms. See some facts and be amazed. Quantity, quality, variety and convenience in one equation.

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