Food Energy Water: Foundation systems of Modern Society
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The systems that enable modern society to survive
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Created by Arthur Jackson
Last updated 4/2015
English
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand why Food is a foundation system and how ice age glaciation, hunting and gathering, early settlements all led away from extinction and to farming.
  • Understand how the Malthus Effect drives advancement in human society.
  • Explore why China and India have such large populations as compared to the rest of the nations.
  • Understand why energy mobility was a key concept in the spread of technology.
  • Understand how the growing complexity of human society creates stress on theses foundation systems
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Requirements
  • No prior equipment or material needed
Description

Food Energy Water: Foundation Systems of Modern Society

Modern society rests upon three distinct foundation systems, or pillars that came into existence over many thousands of years; food, energy, and water. The stability of each of these pillars is critical to the survival of human societies. Throughout this course we will look at each of these foundation systems from their origins to their status in today's world. This historical overview will provide insight into how societies evolved because of these pillars, but more importantly how they remain stable, a critical requirement for long-term survival. The way these systems have evolved is often viewed differently depending upon your perspective. The biological sciences look to genetic material, and physical development, as just some of the criteria in evaluating such systems. Economist, on the other hand, are more concerned with a systems approach, as they evaluate how systems interact for survival and longevity. As an engineer, I will try to walk a middle ground between these disciplines, and view them as a systems engineer.

Many of the systems, which have evolved around humanity and continue to evolve as human society becomes more complex, and the demands upon the systems increase. Resultant increase in demand has placed creasing amounts of stress on each of these foundation pillars that may have long ranging impact for human society.

This course is several hours in length, and provides a wealth of reference material for further study at the end of each section

The course is in three main sections. The first section covers the development of FOOD production as a system. The second section focuses on Energy as a system, and the final section is about Water management.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for beginners to college undergraduates, who are interested in the history of human society
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
01:34:05
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Food Energy Water: The Foundation Systems of Modern SocietyStart Here
1 Lecture 05:19

Course introduction to foundation systems

Preview 05:19
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Food: The First System
10 Lectures 53:35

How the ice age contributed to the start of farming

Preview 07:12

The impact of hunter gatherers on farming

Preview 07:24

How the development of early settlements aided the development of farming

Preview 07:05

How the push toward extinction was caused by glacial oscillation and mans decision to avoid it

Preview 04:05

The choice of humans to avoid extinction

Preview 05:44

Defining this effect and how it propels humans forward

Preview 07:35

How and why populations in theses countries differ from Europe in size

Preview 05:04

Modern farming is established and how

Preview 02:14

additional research material

Preview 04:07
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Energy a vital system
5 Lectures 19:08

Introduction to the system of energy

Preview 06:37

Development of the system of energy production

Preview 03:28

How urban complexes are changing human society

Preview 02:34

How complexity impacts the foundation systems

Preview 03:09

Additional reading research

Preview 03:20
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Water the critical system
4 Lectures 14:18

The introduction to the foundation system water

Preview 04:32

How agriculture impacts this system

Preview 03:47

Complexity and population density impact on Foundation Systems

Preview 04:39

Research and readings

Preview 01:20
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Course Summary
1 Lecture 01:45
About the Instructor
Arthur Jackson
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CEO Arthur Jackson CTC, Professor, Engineer, Attorney

Arthur Jackson is the CEO of Arthur Jackson CTC Inc. and has worked extensively in the medical field as a medical technician with doctors in neurology,and as a trainer in Health and safety. He is a retired attorney, from a successful law practice in Pennsylvania, college professor, who has served as chair of several colleges, and as a campus dean. His company educates students in over nine (9) countries globally.