Dr. Bennett is offering a new presentation for corporations and business groups, entitled “Living in the Real World: The Intersection of Science and Global Business.” The talk focuses on how a better understanding of physical reality can inform business decisions and help you plan for a better economic future. Please contact Dr. Bennett for further information.
Title/abstract: Living in the Real World: The Intersection of Science and Global Business
As human beings, we live in two distinct worlds. The first is the “real world,” which consists of our physical surroundings on Earth and in the universe. The second is the world in which we are concerned with such things as economics, politics, and social interactions — all of which are constructs of the human mind, and that would cease to exist if we humans ceased to exist. It is a simple fact that most of us spend the vast majority of our time living in the second world — the one we have invented in our minds. Virtually all business activity (with the arguable exception of the collection of primary resources) also occurs in this second world. I will not pass judgment on this fact, but it is very important to remember that this second world could not exist without the first. When we do damage to the real world (such as global warming), or fail to recognize constraints of the real world (such as limitations on resources), it is inevitable that it will also cause damage to our social, political, and economic world. In this presentation, I will give a few examples of these basic ideas, and talk a little about what I believe to be some of the most important but least recognized aspects of our real world. The overall focus is on how scientific understanding of the real world can help reshape business so it still works efficiently in human world while remaining in harmony with the real world. Click here to see a video of part of this presentation.