Paedomorphism (Child-form)

(1) Failure by a system—an organism, person or society—to mature, leaving it childish, although some attributes (such as size) may have achieved the adult state.

(2) The infantilising of society by a government which does not believe that people are capable of the thought or action needed for the collective benefit unless placed under constant supervision.

(3) The shedding of the elaborations accumulated by a mature system—hence, a form of kaikaku, enabling it to renew itself, achieving the flexibility and invention needed to cope with new conditions in new ways.P1


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Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was a cultural historian and economist, based in London, England. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a pioneer of post-growth economics, and a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, 'Lean Logic' and 'Surviving the Future', published posthumously in 2016. These in turn inspired the 2020 launches of both BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong's feature film about Fleming's perspective and legacy - 'The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation?' - and Sterling College's unique 'Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time' online courses. For more information on all of the above, including Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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