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Economics as brain damage

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Economics as Brain Damage*
Karl North 2004
On the first day of my first formal introduction to economics as an undergraduate, the professor defined the discipline as the scientific study of the distribution of scarce resources. But the course from then on was concerned only with such matters as market variables like supply and demand, and market [...]

A sustainable agriculture research and education agenda to address a gathering crisis

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

A Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Agenda to Address a Gathering Crisis
Karl North 2002
The Crisis, in its multidimensionality, with likely multiplier effects across its elements:

Exponentially rising energy costs for coming decades as currently foreseeable alternative energy technologies fail to compensate for the end of cheap oil;
Gradual loss of most of the energy-intensive inputs that currently [...]

Introduction to Systems Thinking

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

A New Understanding of Root Cause—
Systems Thinking for Problem Solvers
By Karl North
“We’ll never be able to go back again to the way we used to think.” – anonymous holist

A Revolution in the Making
The insight that the world functions in complex, interdependent wholes drives a growing revolution in the way people are examining, understanding, [...]

Two Folktales for Comprehending Late Stage Capitalism and its Scientific Culture

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Karl North 2006
Folktales distill the wisdom of the ages. All too often their teachings are applicable to any era. Perhaps their continuing relevance comes, as the saying goes, from the human propensity to repeat history, once as tragedy, again as farce.
My favorite tales to explain the hilarious but tragic human behavior patterns of late stage [...]

How Does This Happen?

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

How does this happen?

Abandoned Farmstead – Andalucia, Spain
How does this happen?

Healthy Farmstead – Freetown, New York, USA

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