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Nate Hagens: Reality 101 – A Survey of the Human Predicament

February 12, 2016


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From Radio Ecoshock:

I don’t know about you, but I’m often stuck on Bob Dylan’s words: “something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is”. Wouldn’t it be great if we could take a course to understand reality?

The course exists. Dr. Nathan J. Hagens teaches “Reality 101 – A Survey of the Human Predicament” to graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Nate Hagens is a familiar name to anyone who tracks energy and resilience. Nate was a successful Wall Street trader. He left all that in 2003 to probe deeper. Nate is on the Board of Directors of the Post Carbon Institute, a Director of the Bottleneck Foundation, and he teaches. He’s working on a book that he doesn’t want to talk about yet. Hagens lives on a farm in Wisconsin with a collection of animals.

The course begins with the real overview: the first photos of Earth from space. Then it gets into “Systems theory and complexity” with a combination of You tube videos and Nate’s own unreleased writing.

Earth from Apollo 11 image via Wikimedia.