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Regina Pranata AHS 1000-05 Professor. Li Xing Hua 10 March 2015 Journal 5 In chapter one and two of the book The Myth of Progress , Tom Wessels introduces the term “paradigm of progress”: a structured way for thinking about progress that we are unawares. He claims that we are currently associating progress with economic growth, a growth that is usually measured by GDP. Wessels then explains that the increase in GDP does not necessarily show the improvement in people’s quality of life. In fact, it is considered a fallacious measurement due to three significant reasons. First, money spent to tackle social problems is recognized as a boost to GDP. Second, activities that does not involve exchange of money are not part of GDP. Third, the rising of GDP does not lift all boats, for the bottom 40% of American get poorer. After mentioning the flaws of GDP, Wessels describes two type of systems: linear system and complex system as well as its components. One of the most interesting components that I found in the complex system is the “positive and negative feedbacks.” Wessels explains positive
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