One sticking point of permaculture is what works out in practice in one country may not in another: Japan comes to mind. My land will *NOT* grow rice using the same practices that the permaculure Japanese do, plain and simple. I expect that others have often found that a permaculture that works in one area might not in another.
If permaculture is to truly reflect a 'permanent culture' then wouldn't it be wise to marry the facets of it.... the art and science sides... to produce the best we can obtain?
With an allowance and acceptance of both.
And in reviewing the definition ..." A design system for creating sustainable human environments'( Mollison,(Introduction to Permaculture) , we must not forget the human psychological factor because isn't that the largest component of having/sustaining a 'permanent culture?'
And since each of us brings his or her strong and weak points ( wounds, egos, ect) to this 'culture',then a move toward inclusion and non duality would be as equally important for the reaching of the goal as say forest gardening, humanure composting ,et all.
Perhaps it is not just what we do, why we do and how we do it but also who we are when we are doing it.
Thus taking us to the areas of self awareness, self acceptance, increased consciousness and the unconditional love & acceptance of others with the full understanding that these play as equal a role in permaculture.
Everyone is equal, everyone belongs, everyone is valued. And there is no right or wrong, there just is.
Hmmm...those are my thoughts this afternoon.
So we may be wielding tools in a cavalier fashion without necessarily having the mindset required to use them insightfully.
Tyler Ludens wrote: someone wondering why it has not become a science, maybe it is because it is not a science, but rather a design system with a set of ethics and principles, and actions based on observation (including scientific observation). In my opinion based on Bill Mollison's writings.