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Nature_and_Environment.28

Human Ecology

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{Nature_and_Environment.28.14}: Richard Witty {gisland} Sat, 23 Oct 2004 18:31:09 CDT (30 lines)

""Efficiency" is insufficient information to approve of or disapprove
of. It is a generalization looking for a specificity."

Your prior posts disapproved of efficiency. Efficiency is normal
though. Its defined as attempting to accomplish some objective with
the least cost.

The open question is what costs or combinations are addressed? For
most, money is the reference. There are others that I know that
reference other commodities as their reference. Thermo-dynamic
scientists reference calories, or even calories in different kinetic
states as references. (In western Mass, we considered creating a
caloric based alternative currency.) Others reference time. Others
reference toxins (as in carbon sink rights per Kyoto).

Other questions include what value is created. Is sensual enjoyment
equivalent in value to physical needs satisfaction? Is aesthetic
sensivity equivalent in value to sensual? Is meta-aesthetic
sensitivity (spirituality) equivalent to aesthetic?


They are all valid questions, that may be implied in criticism of one-
dimensional reference (currency), or some imagination that "them"
applies a single common reference, or comprise a single opponent.


Efficiency though is natural, real, undeniable. Its what individuals
or groups of individuals seek, objectives unless they have enough, in
which case they may choose to not seek objectives, and not need to be
efficient.

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