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We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the emptiness of the center hole that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
Michael Pollan, “The Intelligent Plant”
The trees are socialists.
Self-annealing properties of trees in a forest.
That’s why it’s better to look to nature for organizing metaphors than machines.
Paul Krugman, Invest, Divest and Prosper
Krugman boils down the GOP argument against President Obama’s EPA plans: they have no deep-seated philosophic beliefs other than the powerful should be unfettered by considerations of what is good for the people as a whole. To that end, they wield their ‘conservative’ ideology as a blunt instrument, with no intention of conserving anything aside from the spoils they have stolen from us.
Reinventing Urbanism in a Time of Economic Crisis
Manuel Castells, University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communications & Society, University of Southern California
Tim De Chant discusses the rise of the metabolic theory through the work of Kleiber, West, Brown, and Enquist.