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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

ISSS Wednesday Models: The Mousetrap and the Holobiont
Location: Zoom
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Ugo Bardi teaches Physical Chemistry at the University of Florence. He is also member of the Club of Rome. He is interested in system dynamics modeling, thermodynamics, social cybernetics, and the economy of natural resources. Among his recent books, "The Seneca Effect" (2017), "Before Collapse") (2019), "The Empty Sea" (2021) and "The Limits to Growth 50 Years Later" (in preparation).
This will be a rambling discussion of multiple themes maybe not so well correlated with each other. We start from the dynamic modeling of a system of 50 mousetraps designed to simulate a nuclear explosion, then we move to using the model to simulate the overexploitation of natural resources. There follows the concept of "holobiont" intended as an evolutionary complex adaptive system that Nature provides for us as a cure for our toxic tendency of overexploiting resources. There may even be something more, including a critic to our tendency of overmodeling everything, but we'll see.