A nice, concise piece on systems and sustainability...
In short, the evidence suggests that in addition to over- harvesting, efficiency-oriented maximum production strategies simplify both exploited ecosystems and the social systems they support. They eliminate important processes and redundancies, and make the socio-eco-system more vulnerable to additional stress. The system loses resilience.
It is the paradox of modernity that as choice and material prosperity increase, health and personal satisfaction decline. This is now an accepted truth. And yet it is the rare American who manages to step back from the hedonic treadmill long enough to savor his or her good fortune.
In this article, Jonathan Haidt takes issue with the New Atheist position that religion does not have value. Some of his responses warrant further discussion... I was struck by the lack of depth with respect to his position on charitable giving, for example. This is the type of discussion that can benefit from a knowledge of integral development.
As a logic of induction rather than a theory of belief, Bayesian inference does not determine which beliefs are a priori
rational, but rather determines how we should rationally change the
beliefs we have when presented with evidence. We begin by committing to a
for a hypothesis based on logic or previous experience, and when faced
with evidence, we adjust the strength of our belief in that hypothesis
in a precise manner using Bayesian logic.
Thursday, 06 September 2012 17:27
posted by Mats Larsson
I just had to make a comment in regard to this, which I think is very, very disturbing indeed!
....it is precisely because Integral has had a first person focus on
theory rather than a second person focus on conversation, meaning,
values and culture that how power should be used in our community has
gone undiscussed - at least in the more ‘official’ forums - and has
often not been handled well. A discussion on power, whom should have it,
how it is allocated, validated and substantiated, and how it gets used
is another story and another conversation the Integral community needs
to have sometime soon. I like to work on the basis that most people
operate in good faith and that bad outcomes are generally the result of
mistakes. If, though, we agree that something is a mistake, then any
continued use of the sort of approach would constitute, in my books, an
abuse of power....
It's interesting that this comment seemed to shut down the discussion...