Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Bertrand Russell

Bertran Russell was one of the most important philosophers of the XXth century. Though, he also was one of the more change-minded philosophers.

USSR economy

If Marxist-Lenninist Communism was so inefficient, then why did it last in one form or another for over 70 years in Russia and the Soviet Union? Did it last so long because inherently it was not as inefficient as we are made to believe, but that some othre circumstances caused its demise? The Soviet system was not spectacularly inefficient and was an adequate, though far below average, system for running. Hower, rahter like a gas-guzzling car, the planned economies became spectacularly inefficient in the face of resource scarcity, particularly oil scarcity. A planned economy is not flexible ecough to reallocat quickly scarce resources that suddenly decline in production.
Other thoughts say that a planned economic system is relatively inefficient, thought it is stillable to obtain high rates of growth by merely moving from an agrarian economy to an industrial economy. However, as a greater percent of a work force becomes factory workers rather than farm workers, ther is less potential for economic growth based on industrialization alone. Further growth depends on innovation.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Words

In the japanese tradition, as well as the indian one and the european, there's a little story that shows the importance of the languange. The european story is as follows.
Once two priests from different orders, both inveterate smokers, went to talk with the Pope. They wanted to ask if they were allowed to smoke whilst praying. When the first of them got into the hall where the Pope received the consults, he asked: ¿Can we smoke while I am praying? The Pope obviously told him not to, and got very angry with him. When the second priest went in, he changed the format of the question: ¿Can we pray while I am smoking? The Pope got happy with him, any time is a good moment to pray my son.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

tombstone

Aristipo ordered to write on his tombstone:
-I'm waiting you-

full markets

Walking through the markets full of stuffs, Socrates used to say:
- ¡ there're so many things... I don't need at all!

Compassion

- Why don't you have childs? - somebody asked Thales of Miletos once. And he answered: - Because of my compassions toward them.

The Twin sisters

Thales of Mileto, who is said to be the first philosopher of the history, held that there is no difference between life and death. About that, somebody asked him:
- And if there's no difference, ¿why don't you die?
-There it is- answered Thales- , because there's no difference!