A FISH STORY

This video tells a story, a parable rather, about abundance of water and the consequences of abundant water. The setting is Pensacola, Florida. This video is part of the Abundance Project in which citizens are invited to participate in critical thinking to create tools for policy makers.

Men’s behavior expectations have shifted

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, Men’s behavior expectations have shifted from their traditional roles of protector and provider. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared.

Technological advancement

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, Technological advancement is the most important driver for long-term economic growth. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared.

Women joining the labor force

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, Reduced fertility led to women joining the labor force. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared.

Women playing a greater role

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, Reduced fertility led to women playing a greater role all aspects of society. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared.

How fertility adjusts

I do not know how fertility adjusts to maintain stable a population. Do you? Help policy makers. Tell us. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared.

With abundant healthcare

  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, With abundant healthcare most children will live to procreate. Help policy makers. Tell us why. Email addresses  will not be shared, but names and comments will be shared, so use a pseudonym if you do not want your name shared.

If fertility per adult is too high

If fertility per adult is too high, then the population explodes and destroys itself. If the fertility rate is too low, then the population fades away. Do you agree or disagree with the statement, If fertility per adult is too high, then the population explodes and destroys itself. If the fertility rate is too low,…

ABUNDANCE PROJECT

A price is paid for the abundance, however. The complexity of 21st-century life increased, making many people uncomfortable with their new high-energy environment. Gradients in the distribution of abundance annoyed many more people. A populist groundswell developed around the world with the stated goal to return to simpler times.

Thought Experiments

A thought, or gedanken, experiment is the creation of a simplified, often fanciful, world for the purpose of understanding the implications of a theory. One of the first was Plato’s allegory of the cave, in which Plato postulates that people are only able to sense a part of the universe about them. The allegory explores what that means and implies. The real value of thought experiments is to generate hypotheses that can be tested in the real world.

THE (NOT ART) EXPERIMENT

At any rate, let’s get back to why we are having this conversation. We are here to use the language of art to search for a boundary between Art and (Not Art) in a real example. Surprises occur at boundaries. Surprises are the basis of humor. So … we might know when we are close to a boundary between Art and (Not Art) when we start laughing.

Mr. Trump and the Global Circus

Just what is the crazy-like-a-fox President-elect of the U.S. up to? His antics would make P.T. Barnum blush with admiration. Mr. Trump has created a spectacle of showmanship on a scale unequaled at any place and at any time in the past. His millions of voters are more Pavlovian than a 50-dog act. And his detractors are as puzzled as they are livid. Let’s step back and take a look at the history leading up to this circus. Perhaps this can provide us with some hint on what to do next, before the lions are released into the cage with us.