Some comments on the "Limits to growth" and the Royal Society report

By: Grant, M.A. (DSIR, Applied Mathematics Division. Wellington).
Contributor(s): Robinson, J.L. (DSIR, Applied Mathematics Division. Wellington) | DSIR, Applied Mathematics Division. Wellington.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: 1976 JunDescription: 49 p.Report number: AMD--24Subject(s): ECONOMICS | CRITICAL REVIEWS | POPULATION DYNAMICS | ECONOMIC MODELS | MATHEMATICAL MODELS | PREDICTION | MODELS
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An ad hoc committee of the Royal Society of New Zealand, convened by Dr King of DSIR, has issued an evaluation of the book "The Limits to Growth" by Meadows et al. This committee report (referred to as "the report") is presented as a scientific report The committee state in their foreward: "Reactions to the studies have covered the entire range from uncritical acceptance to over-critical condemnation. Although the books give semitechnical discussions on modelling with computers, the general public has yet no basis for assessing their scientific validity. In these circumstances, even the mot thoughtful reviews have relied largely on intuition. The Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand therefore appointed a committee of scientists to investigate the technical competence of the Massachusetts studies and to give its views on the implications for New Zealand and for New Zealand's future policies. This report presents their conclusions". We comment upon the "Royal Society's report, measured against this explicitly technical, non-intuitive standard. (auth)
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An ad hoc committee of the Royal Society of New Zealand, convened by Dr King of DSIR, has issued an evaluation of the book "The Limits to Growth" by Meadows et al. This committee report (referred to as "the report") is presented as a scientific report The committee state in their foreward: "Reactions to the studies have covered the entire range from uncritical acceptance to over-critical condemnation. Although the books give semitechnical discussions on modelling with computers, the general public has yet no basis for assessing their scientific validity. In these circumstances, even the mot thoughtful reviews have relied largely on intuition. The Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand therefore appointed a committee of scientists to investigate the technical competence of the Massachusetts studies and to give its views on the implications for New Zealand and for New Zealand's future policies. This report presents their conclusions". We comment upon the "Royal Society's report, measured against this explicitly technical, non-intuitive standard. (auth)

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