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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 896-911; doi:10.3390/su5030896

Mind Sized World Models

Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze. C/o Dipartimento di Chimica, Polo Scientifico di Sesto Fiorentino, 50019, Sesto Fiorentino (Fi), Italy
Received: 10 December 2012 / Revised: 31 January 2013 / Accepted: 8 February 2013 / Published: 4 March 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 40th Anniversary of 'The Limits to Growth')
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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.
Keywords: Limits to Growth; System Dynamics; world modeling Limits to Growth; System Dynamics; world modeling
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