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Mind Sized World Models

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  • Ugo Bardi

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    (Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze. C/o Dipartimento di Chimica, Polo Scientifico di Sesto Fiorentino, 50019, Sesto Fiorentino (Fi), Italy)

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    One of the factors that led to the wide rejection of the 1972 “Limits to Growth” report was the inability for most people to understand the model used in the study. In the present paper, the author builds simple “mind sized” world models designed to convey to readers the main qualitative features of world modeling. These models turn out to provide results comparable to real-world historical cases and are similar to those generated by the more complex “World3” model used for the “Limits to Growth” study.

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    Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 (March)
    Pages: 896-911

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:5:y:2013:i:3:p:896-911:d:23936

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    Keywords: Limits to Growth; System Dynamics; world modeling;

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    1. Graham M Turner, 2008. "A Comparison of the Limits to Growth with Thirty Years of Reality," Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) Working Paper Series 2008-09, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.
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    1. Ugo Bardi & Virginia Pierini & Alessandro Lavacchi & Christophe Mangeant, 2014. "Peak Waste? The Other Side of the Industrial Cycle," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(7), pages 4119-4132, June.

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