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Permaculture: A Designers' Manual - Chapter 4 PATTERN UNDERSTANDING

 
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I just finished reading Chapter 4 of Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison. This was a long chapter that really seemed to remind me of what Geoff Lawton said in the Permaculture: A Designer's Manual in One Hour Keynote about each section of the manual being analogous to reading an entire book.

I found the General Model to be intriguing and the discussions that went alongside. It is hard to pinpoint certain things of interest, because everything is quite amazing.

My favorite part was his discussion of tribal peoples and their applications of patterns. As he was describing the way of Traditional Navigation and its reliance on Pattern Recognition, it helped me to get a deeper respect for First nations people. And it also makes me very curious to want to learn from them!

Bill Mollison wrote: Any event has the potential to spawn all possible events.



I thought this was a very good quote because it takes note of how everything is related and that all that is needed to make things happen is a difference in something.

Today, while driving home from the farmer's market, I saw a tree that looked similar to the one below (gigantic and half-spherical in shape that touched the ground with its branches):



It reminded me of the closed torus form of the General Model, and I wondered if a tree like this would make a good home. It certainly provides good shade and protection.

This was just an awesome chapter! Very dense, too! There's a lot to think about.....
 
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