Proposed: Development of a grand ecological
unified theory, integrating the physical, biological, environmental,
social, information and economic sciences.
To date, ecology is still a marginalized scientific concept,
applied primarily to biology and the earth environment, and distractingly
argued against when extended to other realms of natural order
or 'care of household'. If our often stated desires for sustainability
are to be at all realized, they will have to be based upon more
pragmatic understandings of the dynamic interrelationships and
interdependencies of complex evolving systems, from micro to
human to macro scale. Only then may we begin to construct life-serving
organizational, political, educational and economic systems that
also take into account the evolutionary development of human
understanding, beliefs, emotions, dynamic differences and failings,
that will better help to guide us from where we have come to
where we are going.
"Big Science", ever seeking the elusive 'unified
theory' has lost its sense of perspective. While our 'best and
brightest' explore inner and outer spaces, local to global, earth-scale
actions and effects are becoming increasingly jeopardized. Science
will only be more accepted and supported by people when it takes
on the ultimate challenge of this most humane dilemma.
Science must work to develop a fundamental ecological theory
of matter-energy-information relationships, as the basis for
a more intelligent system of economic valuation. Our economic
systems must more adequately account for the day to day experiences
and needs of life on earth: from the delicate balances and chaotic
turbulence of energy and information flows; to war, peace and
processes to settle human conflicts arising from dangerously
myth-understood beliefs about territorialism, property ownership,
consumption, work, waste processing and life affirming irreconcilable
differences. This daunting task takes us to the fearful heart
of complexity; yet not to take certain altruistically necessary
revolutionary actions, makes us accomplices to progressively
self-consuming crimes against nature.
Constructing, supporting and conveying a global, lifelong,
bottom-up educational framework that spreads the word, while
respecting the differences counter to its acceptance, is our
equally grand challenge and requirement.
Ultimately, a grand ecological unified theory would move our
understandings, actions and intents beyond the defined limits
of science; to a most controversial, yet most important goal
of the information society: demosophia (people wisdom) and an
'ecology of mind'.
INFORMATION - ENERGY