Timmy elsewhere

At the ASI.

Detailed planning simply is not possible for computational reasons.

5 thoughts on “Timmy elsewhere”

  1. I hate to be argumentative again, but I think you’ve missed the point of the calculation problem. It’s not a matter of degree. It is that the variables you need for the calculation are not exposed, so you can never do the calculation in the first place. Furthermore, the variables are not even clearly defined. They don’t even really exist.

    You need to know Fred Blogg’s preference for sardines compared to sugar, and so on, all internalised, subjectivised and arbitrarily changing. And, the brain doesn’t work on variables anyway, so you simply can’t get at a variable that doesn’t exist anyway for your calculation.

    And no, throwing away 99.999999999% of the information by taking an averaage doesn’t work, sorry.

    I mean yes, there is a matter of degree after that. But that’s not the main point. The calculation is intrinsically impossible.

    Tim adds: Go read the very long Crooked Timber post which is linked. These points are indeed made there.

  2. You both miss the point. In the watermelons’ utopia Fred Blog’s and the rest of us won’t get any choice, a feature not a bug, and planning an agrarian economy is very much easier.

  3. isn’t this exactly the reason why Eoin Clarke is anti-choice? If you can only choose between 2 alternatives for any “need”, the computations are much easier than when you have 40 nor 50 alternatives.

  4. planning an agrarian economy is very much easier.

    The other alternative, equally palatable to the Left I’m sure, is a war economy. It has one principal consumer (the military), of one principal good (anything that goes bang), with one principal desire (killing the other lot). Even a politician can run that.

  5. diogenes has it. The East Germans attempted to solve the problem by ensuring there was only one brand of pickled gherkin, one type of car, one type of flour in one type of packaging, and so on. Efficiency was further improved by having only one factory making the pickled gherkins, and doing nothing else, ad infinitum.

    And as we all know, they still didn’t solve the problem for even if you can computationally solve the entire economy, you have thereby eliminated incentive.

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