FINDING YOUR WAY
A revolving collection of photos and graphics which are intended to capture/suggest the main themes and issues treated here.
To get full value from this somewhat ambitious web platform, we invite first-time visitors to spend a few minutes to work their way along the top menu from left to right to get a feeling for how each of these main sections works. Taking them in order.
This site has been pretty passive since first broad on line in alpha form in late 2014, not much happening and basically waiting for a better day (today!). Nonetheless, over four thousand visitors dropped in during this basically self-driving period, coming from some ninety countries on all continents.
Shortly you should find here a list of available Ayres books, hopefully with reference on how to obtain them over the Internet. Though if possible and convenient, we prefer that you order through your local bookseller.
The Exernomics site and program, led by Robert Ayres, has been moved to its permanent address at http://exernomics.wordpress.com/ (If you have signed in here to receive weekly updates, you are invited to sign in to the Exernomics site for their updates.) Exernomics, it’s useful work.
Exernomics is a concatenation of two words, economics and exergy. Economics is a discipline, with scientific aspirations, concerned with the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in human society. It is also concerned with markets, trade and prices. It has been called “the dismal science” (by Thomas Carlyle), because of the Malthusian argument (c. 1799) that human population will always grow faster than food supply, whence the future of mankind was destined to be constrained by poverty and starvation. That didn’t happen during the following two centuries. So, in recent years Malthus has become an object of derision by mainstream economists, who have adopted a contrary doctrine of perpetual growth driven by unending innovation and substitution.
But the mainstream has ignored the fact that one resource has no substitute. It is “useful energy” or – in techno-speak – exergy.