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, which 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 is at the nexus of: other wisdom traditions, creative fields, and the narrative disciplines. These primarily include history, economics, literature, myth, storytelling, design, and 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 fundamental matter, the substantive part of a farm. The soil holds nutrients, receives the seeds, collects the rain.
Formal Cause = Authenticity holds the information of potentiality (what we may become) just as seeds hold genetic info. (Notably, Aristotle, whom Darwin called the best biologist ever, loved embryology above all.)
Efficient Cause = Responsibility: This is where is the most agency, the most movement and action; basically, how the work gets done.
Final cause = Meaning: The telos, the end or purpose in mind: why you go through the effort.  (Though FARM™ maintains you don’t need the end in mind to start.)