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Stick with me, in case you think I'm overthinking this.

My son recently started playing a game on the iPad called Little Alchemy, which he enjoys a lot. Players start with the four primal elements, earth, air, fire, and water, and must combine them to create new elements.

For example:
fire + air = energy
fire + water = steam
fire + earth = lava
lava + water = obsidian
Lava + earth = volcano
earth + earth = pressure

And so on. Each new element unlocks further elements and more complex combinations of two elements until eventually you get to formulas like:

corpse + electricity = Frankenstein
sword + electricity =light saber, + human = Jedi, + lava = Darth Vader

And so on.

*nerd alert* You could make a sort factor tree where:
perfume = alcohol + rose
Rose = flower + love
flower = plant + garden
plant = rain + earth
rain = water + cloud
cloud = air + steam
steam = water + fire

And then further reduce each of the other elements (alcohol, love, garden) down to their core elements earth, air, fire, and water, until eventually you could create a mathematical formula using only those four to create perfume.

As a game, I really appreciate how it visually combines ideas to create other representative concepts and "explain" to kids how certain inventions came about.

As I try to help my son discover new combinations in the game, I catch myself thinking about whether concepts related to permaculture can be explained or described so simply:

wood + soil = H├╝gelkultur
shovel + level = contour swale
Aquaponics - electricity = chinampa
Fire + air pressure + stone = RMH

The point is not accuracy, but simplicity. How many concepts can you explain with as few words as possible?
 
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I like the idea.  Also, each plant requires different amounts of elemental forces for it to thrive (soil type, wind movement, water table, sunlight, etc).  I imagine someone could work up a much more extensive system if they had expertise with permaculture, Chinese medicine, and biodynamics.


Fire + Air = Sunlight

Earth + Air + Water = Soil.

Soil + Sunlight = Plants.  Plants + Water = Animals + Poop.  Poop + Plants = Soil.

Air + Water = healthy Pond

 
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Chad,  As I am not supposed to be on here but working I just wanted to say this is pretty smart.  This concept would be cool on coffee cups or t-shirts.
 
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