I think Chris Mooney, on Point of Inquiry, ought to invite Charles A. Hall, a systems ecology professor at SUNY, to discuss his book “Energy and the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy”. It is the best economics book out there and has no competition, because it is the ONLY book that puts economics on a scientific basis, with testable hypotheses. A book review by Richard Vodra is worth reading as well (do an internet search)
I tried to attach a 2001 paper from BioScience of Hall’s on this topic titled “The need to reintegrate the natural sciences with economics”, but this post was flagged as spam—perhaps because of that?
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p.s. In some ways, his earlier book “Making World Development Work: Scientific Alternatives to Neoclassical Economic Theory” by Grégoire Leclerc and Charles A. S. Hall (Jun 16, 2007) is even better as far as explaining why neo-classical economics is so far from reality.