Alder Stone Fuller — After completing my formal education, independent study of complexity — or system sciences changed my views of nature, life, science and education so profoundly that I became disinterested in teaching from the traditional mechanistic perspective of contemporary education. These new ideas are not only much more powerful than those I’d studied at university, but they articulated what I felt about nature as an outdoors person and wilderness walker. Like many great scientists and writers whose ideas I teach, I came to understand that the principles of complexity can – and must – provide a foundation for the emergence of truly ecologically sustainable cultures in the face of our formidable 21st century planetary challenges. However, introducing new ideas into an established curriculum in an integrated way requires years of work, if it can be done at all. Yet, these new ideas are urgently needed now; there is not time to proceed through ‘normal channels’. By working as a free-lanced educator outside of mainstream education, I can make them available to not just college students, but to all adults. I have taught thousands via classes, seminars and public lectures. I have watched many reach what we call “ah ha!” moments, when the elegance and awe-inspiring beauty of nature and life take on a deep, new meaning grounded in both rational and intuitive understanding. I hope you will join us!
Bonnie Sammons — Welcome to Ermah Ge. I hope that those reading these pages will find them an entry point into a wonderful and enlightening learning experience. My affiliation with Alder Stone Fuller began in 2011. His work represents a missing element in our collective understanding of the Universe. The work of many scientists today is still enmeshed in the mechanistic paradigm that has dominated for centuries. This approach to decoding the mysteries of existence has taught us much, but left out essential understanding of systems, leaving us with an incomplete and dysfunctional approach to solving the problems that it has unintentionally created. It is my humble observation that humanity is in transition. In fact we must make a transition not only for the sake of survival but to truly grasp what we are and what the nature of life is. Alder’s work is a critical contribution that will help us forge a path informed by a deep understanding and appreciation of our Earth, life and ourselves, Gaia, and address the potentially catastrophic issues that threaten life.
Ed Hummel — I want to welcome you to Ermah Ge, probably the only realistic view of our place in the Universe that exists today. I have been concerned with Humanity’s situation and our growing predicament on Planet Earth ever since I first read Population Bomb by Paul Erlich back in 1968. Applying my background in chemistry, physics, meteorology and climatology combined with a study of systems science concepts has further convinced me that we have a big problem facing us as a culture and even as a species. My evolving views reached an “ah ha” moment when I met Alder in 2011 and found that his synthesis based in systems science was exactly what I had been moving toward after all these years. I think you will find Ermah Ge to be an eye-opening and even a very moving intellectual and emotional experience that helps to chart a course for humanity during the very difficult times that most likely lie ahead. It should help to make dealing with the coming tribulations into an adventure worthy of our resourceful prehistoric ancestors as well as help make us aware, and even accepting, of our most probable true place in the Cosmos.
James Burke — Since it’s begining as Prototista in Eugene, Oregon I have followed and learned from Dr. Fuller. As a traditionally trained physician I felt my education lacked something. Dr. Fuller gave me the language of Systems and asked “What is Life?” Armed with a new language I was able to ask those questions I couldn’t previously, and find some answers. Tying together biology, geophysiology, thermodynamics, systems mathematics, and true sustainability was my epiphany. I know others who get involved will benefit as much as I have.
Nate Davis — I believe that Ermah Ge presents a unique opportunity to understand and improve our civilization and its relationship with Gaia. With Joseph Lis, I contribute technological and technical expertise and resources in areas ranging from web development to mathematical modeling. Alder and I are collaborating on a series of interactive explorations of mathematical phenomena relevant to the mission of Ermah Ge, including the logistic map and the Mandelbrot Set.
Ross Nason — Greetings and welcome! My name is Ross and I wanted to take a moment to say hello and share with you my personal excitement about the Ermah Ge collaborative and some of its outstanding and forward thinking participants. I first met Alder at an intro lecture in Waterville, Maine in 2011 and immediately knew that I wanted to work with him to help educate and inspire people with his easy to understand systems science materials that are completely accessible to all backgrounds, simply add curiosity. Ermah Ge’s clear and concise message of abrupt climate change is easily some of the best fundamentally sound and easily understood climate work I’ve examined, and our message of a sober hope for humanity weathering the coming changes is empowering. As a planner in all aspects of life, I have always been frustrated with politics and governments that rarely look beyond the current budget crisis or election cycle. My involvement with Ermah Ge gives me an opportunity to plan, outreach, organize, and educate interested people on a longer timescale, which I believe is necessary for prosperity, growth, and possibly even our very survival as a species.
Susan Littlefield — I first heard Alder Stone speak about the certainty of global warming and the probability of abrupt climate changes, back in June, 2012, at the Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. I never forgot his message, nor the book he talked about then, “The End of the Long Summer,” by Dianne Dumanoski. Two years later, prompted by a “doom and gloom” talk I heard at Colby College (given by a World Wildlife Fund representative), I visited Alder’s website, read all about the education collective he had started, Ermah Ge, and began to feel hopeful about our future on Earth. Thus, began my participation in Earth 101, a many-faceted, educational program developed by Alder and his associates. What’s fascinating, and life-changing, is not only the discovery of how much I didn’t know about Earth and Nature, but that the learning process is self-organizing, sharing, non-competitive, and as natural as Nature herself.