Re: poly: Modeling Economic Singularities

From: Peter C. McCluskey <>
Date: Wed May 06 1998 - 14:04:25 PDT (Robin Hanson) writes:
>Peter M. writes:
>At 10:47 PM 5/3/98 -0700, you wrote:
>>>This isn't a very good standard,
>> Compared to what? Most alternative ways that people have actually used
>>to describe a singularity are nebulous enough enough that it's hard to
>>tell whether they are falsifiable. ...
>> Yes, a perfect description of what I meant would contain something to
>>limit the effects of large changes in relative quantities of goods.
>> And my standard clearly becomes useless when applied to time periods much
>>longer than a decade.
>No need to reinvent the wheel here. Economists have worked out
>sophisticated methods for dealing with these issues, and I presumed that we
>were talking about what the best methods would reveal about the total GDP

 I'm trying to quantify the change in the average person's ability to
accomplish his goals (where those goals don't conflict with goals of others).
Can you point me to a method of measuring this that doesn't depend on
arbitrary assumptions to create a standard of value that is stable across
turbulent times? (I.e. something that avoid measuring value, or creates
a reasonably objective standard of value that is more stable than, say,
an hour of unskilled labor).

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