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Jacque Fresco - Decisions (+ Update) - May 15, 2011 (Repository)

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Detail the difference between how we make decisions now as opposed to how decisions are arrived at in a Resource-Based Economy - Well, the decision making system now is mainly based upon different industries which feel that they have a good product so they advertise and convince people to buy that product. Whereas in the future, in a saner system we would design products not to wear out and break down to last as long as possible so that the responsibility of the service sector would not be overloaded. The longer materials last the less burdensome to society. Therefore, our major concern is not profit it's the well-being of human beings throughout the world. To the degree that we neglect people we hurt our own future. For example if we or the United States controlled most of the Earth's resources we would produce anxiety in other countries for fear of running out of resources: arable land, water, etc. And therefore, they might invade this country to try to get the necessary resources for survival. I don't think it's wise for a nation to defend itself or try to make sustainability available only in the area that they live because they would produce hatred and envy and try to control the resources of other countries so that we can enslave people or put them on minimum wage and get whatever we want produced for the self-centered reason of our nation. And we seek national advantage rather than global advantage. As long as we seek national advantage it may work for a while. It may enhance the lifestyles or increase the productivity of goods and services but that's not of long duration. This is the only thing I worry about. Sustainability for separate nations is OK in the short run but in the long run it produces negative retroaction. So this is how we really work if you want to know. The best way to understand it was assuming that we found a planet similar to the Earth with lots of resources, unspoiled waters non-contaminated air; and brought a group of people together and ask: "What is it that people really need?" And then you list all the things that people really need. The next question is: "Can that planet provide for those needs?" And if it cannot, you have to base your needs on what the planet can provide. If the population is too large the planet cannot provide for that enlarged population. Therefore, the size of the population would be built and based upon the carrying capacity of that regional division or the planet's capacity to produce sustainable materials. Therefore, we cannot invite billions of people to live on the new planet if the planet cannot sustain them. So when I say "Decisions have to be arrived at" first you have to study the carrying capacity of a planet what it's capable of supporting. Then you design your cities and population densities so that they correspond to the carrying capacity of the environment. That's what I mean when I say "People do not make decisions they arrive at them." And how do you decide how much oxygen to carry on a submarine? Well, that depends on the amount of people in a submarine and how long you wish to be submerged. That determines that. How do you know how much water to carry on the submarine? How do you know how much food to carry? How do you know how much electrical power? It depends on the performance you want of that submarine. Then you put in the proper electrical power for operating the submarine. You have to put in enough food and refrigeration equipment to feed the crew. If you don't provide for that the technology may work, but the crew won't. You have to not make decisions, you have to arrive at them. -That is a small portion of a talk about arriving at decisions. It's by survey and Scientific Method. And he covers some other things in there about population, laws negative retroactions of separate nations and national advantage and so forth. All of that lecture is posted in audio format; and to get that link for that and other posts be sure to sign up for the Twitter account which is /frescotweets Lectures and Questions and Answers will be posted there periodically. If you'd like to help The Venus Project out more directly then have a look at the new global activism page which you will find on the main page under the 'Get Involved' drop down menu. And you can sign up on that, your contributions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 6 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: The Venus Project
Director: The Venus Project
Views: 118
Posted by: ltiofficial on Oct 16, 2011

Jacque Fresco covers the subject of arrival at decisions through the use of the scientific method. Note: This location contains only "official", fully proofread versions of the transcript & translations, whose sharing is encouraged. More will be added as they are completed at: ( If your language is not yet represented here, consider helping these efforts by joining your language team at

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