[ Content | Sidebar ]

Archives for Part IV: The Printing Press and the Birth of the Modern Age

Eschaton: Capital in the 21st Century

People are talking about Capital in the Twenty-First Century Author: Thomas Piketty, Translator: Gabriel Zucman. The author maintains that the main driver of inequality–the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth–today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. Here’s my comment on the discussion at […]

Quora: Why did modern science arise in the Judeo-Christian West rather than other world cultures?

Answer: 1. Press -> literacy of common folk ->innovation (see the chapters on the Press) 2. The Fall of Rome -> breaking the tripartite elite -> Church’s incentives change to validate technology and work ->value of innovation (see the chapters on the Fall of Rome) See the post and vote it up: Why did modern […]

Kinect -> I-adaptation

Innovation is the future. Where information is controlled there will be less innovation, slower development and falling behind those who do not control information. I have talked before (Chapter 1 – Hunter/Gatherers to Agriculture) about we humans started as completely I-adapted Hunter/Gatherers, with the invention of scarcity, followed by the invention of agriculture, we switched […]

Part IV: The Print Revolution – Birth of Modernity

This part is about the print information revolution. The press has had a greater affect on the way people think, and do things, and the lives and status of women and children than anything since the invention of scarcity and agriculture. It was made possible by the breaking of the tripartite elite. It presents an […]

Chapter X: Perceptions – The Press and How We Think

This chapter has three sections explaining how the technology, the artifacts (books), and the people, changed how people saw their world and themselves. The first section overviews the history and ‘fun facts’ of the press. The next section explains how ‘the book’ changed people’s perceptions making the world: More replicable so more understandable. Future instead […]

Synopsis of Chapter IX – Capitalism and Information Freedom

  Link to Full Text In which we test the patters developed in the previous chapter by looking at the impact of the printing press. With the information revolution following the introduction of the printing press we begin to have much better records and therefore we can “zoom in” on how information worked after its […]

Synopsis of Chapter VIII – Identifying Patterns in Information Revolutions

In which we identify patterns based on what we have learned thus far and build a model we can use in the future.