EP74 Daniel Christian Wahl on Regeneration Dynamics

Daniel Christian Wahl talks with Jim about GameB, recycling, development, eastern perspectives, consciousness, community, and much more…

Daniel Christian Wahl

Daniel Christian Wahl talks with Jim about living at a Findhorn eco-village, humanity as a capstone species, regenerative vs sustainable, the three horizons & GameB, night soil in urban & rural contexts, recycling essential resources, personal & collective development, defining science & its challenges, eastern vs western thought & philosophy, impacts of language, escaping the hedonistic treadmill, self & community actualization, Jordan Hall’s Civium Project, bioregionalism, urban farming, projecting global population post-COVID, Jim & Daniel’s perspectives on consciousness, developmental psychology, cultural development & Hanzi metamodernism, acting locally & globally, community building, and much more.

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Daniel is an international consultant and educator specializing in biologically-inspired whole systems design and transformative innovation. He is a biologist (University of Edinburgh and University of California), holds an MSc in Holistic Science (Schumacher College) and a PhD in Design (CSND, University of Dundee, 2006). Daniel has worked with local and national governments on foresight and futures, facilitated seminars on sustainable development for the UNITAR affiliated training centre CIFAL Scotland, consulted companies like Camper, Ecover and Lush on sustainable innovation, and has co-authored and taught sustainability training courses for Gaia Education, LEAD International and various universities and design schools. He is also a member of the International Futures Forum, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), co-founder of Biomimicry Iberia, and brought Bioneers to Europe in 2010.

Daniel currently works for Gaia Education and the SMART UIB project of the Universidad de las Islas Balears. Triarchy Press published his first book, Designing Regenerative Cultures, in 2016.

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  1. – On consciousness: Some 20 years ago I decided I was firmly in the illusionist camp (like Dennett), but felt it could be put even more simply than it had been. Then, a few years ago, I came across attention schema theory (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attention_schema_theory). I’ve only read the Wikipedia page but it’s the closest thing to a clear description of my position that I’ve found. I think it’s very neat.
    – On the difference between chimp and human brains, I found Daniel Povinelli’s ideas very persuasive – see his book World without Weight or this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX49dlbfG9E.
    – On the population (growth) issue:
    o Food: Not mentioned was the potential huge efficiency improvements possible, e.g. with lab-grown meat, bacteria, or plants grown under very specific wavelengths. I used to often point out (20 years ago, in a nanotech newsletter I wrote) that primary biomass as a fuel was mad from the get-go since photosynthesis is around 2% efficient – best to use photovoltaics to capture the energy from the sun then take it from there. There’s a quite interesting documentary covering some of this (not in any technical depth and I haven’t investigated the claims, but Monbiot is usually reliable) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNxaN77dcCk.
    o Many people mention population growth as a primary cause of many of our problems (I get the feeling that the wealthier they are the more likely this is to be top of their list). However, when I read Limits to Growth in the late 1970s, it was already well known how to slow population growth in poor countries. I was optimistic. It didn’t happen, or happened extremely slowly. Without offering an argument here (it doesn’t take much to imagine it), I’d say that Game A is the biggest obstacle to putting the brakes on population growth.

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