KARUN PHI L IP | AUTHOR’ S ART ICLE
FORGET COLLEGE, START LEARNING EVERY DAY!
W ell, that heading is not to dismiss the college experience. College is, or at least used to be, a great way to spend one’s formative years, learning a bit about how much has been learnt by modern society over centuries, and of course, making lifelong friends. The modern college system owes much to the German civil servant Wilhelm von Humboldt. In 1809, he brought industrial scale and efficiency to earlier systems. It served the needs of the industrial age, which needed trained managers to allow thousands and millions of workers to work in unison for an industrially efficient outcome. This system has spread throughout the world today and certainly has its benefits when the tedious work can be automated or outsourced to localities that still practice older, more oppressive industrial systems. But the world has changed. The
outsourcing part of manual labor is slowly but surely giving way to automation. But the machines we build need constant re- programming, maintenance, and general care from knowledgeable, skilled people. Unlikeearliermanual laborwork, thiswork requires skills that constantly change their details. The managers and technologists are also prone to become outdated much sooner than one lifetime. This is the conclusion of Karun Philip in _Zen and the Art of Funk Capitalism_ (ZATAOFC). The prior sections of the book is a logical and historical story of the various components of commercial society, with references provided to further exploration of how this story has unfolded since those early 1800’s. It starts with defining Knowledge, in the sense of how a human brain attains knowledge. It moves to the modern definition of money. It may surprise many that modern money is no longer gold, or even the promise of any government that taxes, though there were periods when
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