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July 11, 2008

Modeling Planetary Dynamics

Limits To Growth coverOne could attach different numbers to the curves in Limits To Growth, maybe push the timeline back several decades, but one can't argue much with the heuristic conclusion that unrestricted exponential growth results in sudden collapse. If we won't make the hard choices to control growth (e.g., population and industrialization), nature will. To get a better sense of how planetary dynamics works and what policy changes might be available I turned to the very distinguished scholar Dr. Dennis Meadows, who has been working all his professional life to advance the cause of sustainability. It was kind of Dennis to take time to talk with me and I learned a great deal. Total runtime an hour and eighteen minutes. Think wisely!

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A potlatch was a great feast offered by one tribe to its members and others in a competition to outdo other tribes in generosity of giving. They were part of a competition between tribes in an atmosphere in which food was plentiful and a sign of riches, and the winners were taken to be more noble.

That was pretty cool. And as for solutions... like structural change and so on, I'd really be interested in a dialog between you and Jacque Fresco. He's often described as a modern day Da Vinci. You probably know who he is if you've seen "Zeitgeist:Addendum", which I can recommend by the way.

Other than that there is also a documentary about him called "Future by Design", and he also wrote a book titled "The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty, & War".

His ideas are pretty radical, even too revolutionary maybe. I personally think that he's a pretty rational, intelligent and experienced guy. He's 92.

Make sure that you check him out. I can provide you with a few earlier audio recordings I was able to find on the internet if you wish.

You can find some info on him here:
http://thezeitgeistmovement.com/

Or here:
http://www.thevenusproject.com/

He might be busy nowadays though...

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