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Nov 13th 2009
From The World in 2010 print edition
By John Parker

Conflicts over natural resources will grow

In the world’s earliest written legal code, dating from 1790BC, Hammurabi, the king of Babylon, laid down rules governing the maintenance of irrigation systems and the amount of water people could take from them. Two generations later, his grandson abandoned this rules-based approach and used the river Tigris as a weapon against rebels in Babylon.

The world is charting a similar course, away from rules governing scarce resources towards conflict over them.

Phi Beta Iota: Earth is a given.  Anthropomorphism is a given.  What is emerging as a given is Cultural Evolution toward Non-Zero (Win-Win) Human and Living Evolution.  Up to this point, the industrial-era West has enjoyed profits from both looting the natural resources of the under-developed world, and from selling arms to the under-developed world.  This has been possible because of data pathologies and information asymmetries, both of which are now in rapid decline.  Below are just a few intelligent books that make the case of “getting a grip” on reality and on democracy and collective intelligence as the lever by which we achieve non-zero cultural evolution.  Cultural Capital + BioCapital = CosmosCapital.

A More Secure World–Our Shared Responsibility–Report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

High Noon 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them

The Future of Life

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

Biocapital–The Constitution of Postgenomic Life

Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications

The Resilient Earth–Science, Global Warming and the Future of Humanity

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Review: Plan B 3.0–Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition

Getting to Zero Waste

Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition

Conscious Evolution: Awakening Our Social Potential

Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution

Participatory Budgeting (Public Sector Governance)

Unspeakable Truths: Facing the Challenges of Truth Commissions (Paperback)

Consilience–the Unity of Knowledge

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

The Genius of the Beast–A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism

Evolutionary Dynamics–Exploring the Equations of Life

The leadership of civilization building: Administrative and civilization theory, symbolic dialogue, and citizen skills for the 21st century