The Entropy Model: A novel

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Media Type: Book - Recent

Date of Publication: May 17, 2018

Year of Publication: 2018

Publisher: Independently Published

Author(s): Thomas Tunstall

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Political economist, Thomas Tunstall, explores the disconnect between economics and ecosystems through his novel, The Entropy Model.

Briana Ruiz and Jack McCullough meet in grad school at the University of Texas at Austin. They find themselves conflicted about the current state of economic theory, as well as with each other. There is a disconnect between economics and ecosystems that continues to be unresolved by theory and by public policy discussions at the highest levels.

Nearing graduation, Briana must decide whether to accept an offer from Parkus Corporation, a company that seems leading edge, but may be engaging in questionable environmental practices. As Briana starts to understand the truth about Parkus Corporation – aided in large measure by Jack – she realizes the 21st-century economy may have different rules than the ones baby boomers followed. She begins work on a mathematical model – an entropy model which incorporates variables economists have failed to consider – in order to make more accurate predictions. …

Briana’s work brings her and Jack directly into conflict with the Federal Reserve, the White House and the economics’ establishment. Once again, environmental anomalies begin to reoccur throughout the world. This time, as they increase in frequency, the stakes get higher. The clash between economics and ecosystems, between economic theory and public policy are taking place in real time, and the stage is set for the next great transition of the human species – whether for good or ill.

Time is running out, and Washington doesn’t want to hear about it, despite the fact that the bubbles keep getting bigger, and the crashes keep getting worse. As financial systems and ecosystems approach a simultaneous peak, will anyone listen before it’s too late to stop the collapse?

The Entropy Model is independently published, and is available in ebook version or published on demand.

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  • Max Kummerow

    People keep getting behind on population numbers. It’s not ten billion by end of century as Tunstall says. Projections are highly contingent on policies and expenditures and changing norms to get fertility rates down. At current fertility rates (constant UN 2017 projection) the numbers are 10.9 billion in 2050 and 26.3 billion in 2100. The UN “medium” (assumes fertility decline) projection for 2055 is 10 billion and 2100 is 11.2 billion. The fertility declines required to get to those lower numbers are not yet accomplished. We need to pay more attention to promoting fertility decline everywhere.

    • Thomas Tunstall

      There is research (not from the UN) that makes a very credible case that world population will peak on its own around 10-12 billion people. Of course, we won’t know for sure until it actually happens.

  • Mike Hanauer

    Many seem to assume conditions will lead to collapse, and even depend on it (perhaps as a last resort) to change the system. I believe collapse is not inevitable, perhaps not even likely (at least for a long time). Rather, we may have a continued deterioration of quality of life, environment and economic inequality. I believe, like the false panic of “peak oil”, we need to point out the degradation as real and important.

  • The introduction to this novel has many parallels to the ideas presented in the new economic theory, called “The Silver Gun Hypothesis”.