Marxism and science: tipping points, catastrophe and revolution

Date: Sunday 27th October
Time: 10:30 - 12:15
Location: Student Central, Upper Hall
Speaker: Ben Curry

Many of the basic tenets of Marxist philosophy have been confirmed in practice by concrete examples from the world of modern science. The notion that all things are material; that the very nature of all matter is to be in a state of motion and flux; and that to understand any phenomena, one must understand the complex relationships behind it: all of these principles are at the core of Marxist philosophy and much of modern science.

Above all, we see all around us one of the most fundamental assertions of dialectical materialism - that change occurs through a process of quantity and quality. That is to say, in both nature and society, we see that changes take place through the gradual accumulation of tensions and pressures, which eventually explode to the surface in the form of dramatic and profound transformations.

In this talk, Ben Curry examines these 'tipping points' and discusses the dialectical processes that underlie them. Most importantly, by applying this perspective to society and human consciousness, we can understand how history itself progresses - not through slow, steady changes, but through revolution.

Recommended reading: Reason in revolt - chaos theory

Recommended watching: Dialectics, science, and nature