Monday, April 5, 2010

back with this

from the "Black Flame" book:

"Luigi Galleani (1861 - 1931)... added the point that the value of less tangible products, such as 'Pascal's theorem... Newton's law of gravitation, or... Marconi's wireless telegraphy' could scarcely be assessed, nor could the innovations of these men be separated from the ideas and discoveries of others."

what he's getting at is a recurring theme on this blabstand - one that i find to be immeasurably significant one at this juncture. this interconnectivity extends throughout so many orders of life, but we rarely consider it to be beyond commodification and exclusivity. (if it is considered at all.)

i mean, just think about how guarded the entire medical industry is.


JRB said...

Kropotkin was big on this also.

Justin said...

Well, if they could only patent just those ideas, we could sort all that out and give compensation where compensation is due!

thebaronette said...

hmm, i think that may be tough. so many great thinkers were largely sexless and didn't manage their estates very well. i suppose we could just auction the rights off to the highest bidders.

let's start with the pauli exclusion principle. do i have 50?

thebaronette said...

richard branson is now the owner of Kepler’s three laws of planetary motion.

almostinfamous said...

for an example of what this would have entailed, one can always look at the example of a now deeply prevalent technology like photography, primarily because it's been quite well-documented

you have to wonder whether Daguerre or Talbot would have bothered with their experiments if JH Schultz, Thomas Wedgwood, or Sir Humphry Davy had a patent on their assorted discoveries that enabled photography as we knew it(film-based) to even exist.