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thermodynamic efficiency

Posted by: Gee ( si ) on July 01, 1999 at 13:32:14:

In Reply to: Things. posted by Red Deathy on June 30, 1999 at 21:12:06:

: Indeed, (although the intelectual labour is not as easilly asimilated as you make out, sometimes people sell their intelectual produce, which (not being subject to the laws of thermodynamics) is problematic, but others actively add labour through organisation).

Thinking requires energy, brains use up a lot of energy - even ones that are...erm...less creative, but less than active muscular work, or the combined effort to make machines from an idea into reality - but the thought is the birthplace for all those other things. So intelligence is the most efficient form of labor I know of, and the root of all production, all wealth.

: Leave that aside, for now, since just taking Pigs model, we are talking about one persons produce, lets ignore the production line, and assume an artisan working by themself for another. In that case what I said holds true.

An artisan working by himself woul not be doing so 'for another' if that other could add nothing of value (even if that value is just contact with clients)

: But those 'profits' would, unlike now, not be an end in themselves, but a means to an end,

They are now, people dont want profits for themselves but for purpose.

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