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May 18 'Limits to Growth' - Children's Program
RET Philosophy Sunday - MAY 18, 2008 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Arrive at 10:00 for coffee and fellowship) - Pellissippi State Technical Community College - "Limits to Growth - Revisited," Chuck Omarzu - Children's Program with Dave Buck

RET PHILOSOPHY SUNDAY - MAY 18, 2008 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Chuck Omarzu

In 1972, a report from a team of researchers at MIT to an organization known as The Club of Rome sent shock waves around the world. Published in book form as The Limits to Growth, it sold over 12 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. Its startling thesis:

"The earth's interlocking resources - the global system of nature in which we all live - cannot support present rates of economic and population growth much beyond the year 2100, if that long, even with advanced technology."

The report's conclusions and methodology have been strongly criticized and its authors severely attacked, but there has been no retraction. Instead, in 1992, the same team published a twenty year update Beyond the Limits, and in 2002, Limits to Growth - The 30-Year Update, both of which supported the original conclusions. Moreover, the methodology used is part of what has now become the Systems Dynamics discipline, complete with its own professional society, journal, and annual convention. So ... critics are having second thoughts.

The presentation will include a 47 minute DVD, featuring Dennis Meadows, the MIT team leader, reflecting on the 'Limits to Growth' phenomenon and our future. It will also include a related, somewhat more light-hearted 20 minute DVD on "The Story of Stuff." A brief, non-technical introduction to System Dynamics may also be presented.


The Greedy Python, by Eric Carle.

The greedy python, having made himself sick by gobbling up every animal in sight, finds that his last greedy gulp, his own tail, is his final gulp. We will discuss greed and taking more than one needs. Then we will participate in an interesting craft.

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May 13, 2008