Rational mechanics


“Rational” or “analytical” mechanics is an area of physics which deals with the mathematical description of movement sequences. In the last century, outside the realm of physics, the science of mechanics was applied (especially) in economics. This has also been termed “econophysics”; the dynamics of an economy are described by using the methods of statistical mechanics. Particular recognition has been achieved by the equilibrium theories of Alfred Marshall and Francis Y. Edgeworth.  

In recent years, the mechanical principles of force and movement have been extended by the computer scientist Jon Doyle to mental processes – not in the sense of an analogy, but in the sense of a direct material correspondence. Thus, mental forces (motivation, desires, communication) bring about mental movements (argumentation, logical thought, learning) and mental substances (understanding, conviction). Mental forces kann thus be interpreted as real forces, whereby mental inertia (habit, memory etc.) explain the limitations of rational predictability.


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