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Mind Sized World Models

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  • Ugo Bardi

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

Abstract

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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  • Ugo Bardi, 2013. "Mind Sized World Models," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(3), pages 1-16, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:5:y:2013:i:3:p:896-911:d:23936
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    1. repec:eee:ecomod:v:223:y:2011:i:1:p:54-58 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. 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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    Cited by:

    1. Roberto Pasqualino & Aled W. Jones & Irene Monasterolo & Alexander Phillips, 2015. "Understanding Global Systems Today—A Calibration of the World3-03 Model between 1995 and 2012," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(8), pages 1-26, July.
    2. 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 1-14, June.

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    Keywords

    Limits to Growth; System Dynamics; world modeling;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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