The Science behind FARM

The Science behind FARM™ mainly comes from quite different groups of academic fields.

In the stricter, most modern sense of “science”, this first includes anthropology, behavioral economics, neurology, and various fields of psychology, and are among the studies now called the cognitive sciences.

Secondly, the fields of epistemology, ethics, logic, ontology, and phenomenology, is more established,  and collectively better known as philosophy.

Additionally, a smattering of other fields at the nexus of other wisdom traditions,  creative fields, and the narrative disciplines: history, economics, literature, myth, storytelling, design, religion.

And of course, agronomy informs the allegory of the farm and its growing seasons.

The individual intellectual schools that have had the most influence on FARM include Stoicism & Existentialism within philosophy and Logotherapy & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within psychology.

I’m also heavily indebted to Aristotle’s Four Causes for the basic framework:

Material Cause: Freedom Fields are the most material/substantive part of a farm. The soil holds nutrients, receives the seeds, collects the sun and rain.
Formal Cause: Authenticity holds the information of potentiality just as seeds hold genetic info. (Notably, Aristotle, whom Darwin called the best biologist ever, loved embryology above all.)
Efficient Cause: Responsibility This is how the work is done
Final cause: Meaning The teleos, why you go through the effort