The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. - Novalis

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bittman on Grantham on the Insanity of Economists


by Mark Bittman

“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world 
is either a madman or an economist.” - Kenneth Boulding

Grantham continued, “I think a portfolio of farms that are doing state-of-the-art [organic] farming over a 20-, 30-year horizon will be the best investment money can buy. So I’m killing two birds with one stone: I want my foundation to make more money than anyone else on the planet, because that gives us much more to spend for the main event — which is saving the planet, in a nutshell.”

Read Grantham's brilliant report here.

all of which reminds me of a classic book which, mostly unsuccessfully, I used to ask students to read:

Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen









Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Alexander Von Humboldt

This is a great and important book about a great & important man.




ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT AND THE SHAPING OF AMERICA
by
LAURA DASSOW WALLS

From the publisher: Explorer, scientist, writer, and humanist, Alexander von Humboldt was the most famous intellectual of the age that began with Napoleon and ended with Darwin. With Cosmos, the book that crowned his career, Humboldt offered to the world his vision of humans and nature as integrated halves of a single whole. In it, Humboldt espoused the idea that, while the universe of nature exists apart from human purpose, its beauty and order, the very idea of the whole it composes, are human achievements: cosmos comes into being in the dance of world and mind, subject and object, science and poetry.

Watch a short video of the author introducing von Humboldt & reading from the book HERE.