Excellent job as usual! But your thorough overview made me think that at least some people might figure they got the gist of what you would say in the full course and think they got it for free and not bother to enroll in the full course. But then I thought that maybe those people might spread the word to others, some of whom would then decide that they might want more and enroll in the course and beyond to advance courses. Anyway, just a thought by playing devil's advocate. These innovative things are always crap-shoots (or maybe a box of chocolates is a more appropriate metaphor); one never knows exactly how things will turn out once the ball starts rolling through all the complex interactions that can ensue!! But whatever happens over the next few weeks and months, this is a great way to get the ball rolling.
Thanks, Ed, as always. You're such a fine reviewer. I, too, considered that maybe I am "giving away" too much here. But here are three ways that I address that concern.
One, I wanted to make "the gist of this" free, available to all, because it's so important, and it should be common knowledge if we are to effectively address the planetary challenges that we face.
Two, the course itself contains 3 - 4X the knowledge of the intro. As students, especially in the premier versions, I'm seeking deep thinkers who really want to get into these ideas deeply.
Which relates to three. In reality, even the full course only scratches the surface (let alone this intro). The true depth -- the truly profound changes in our understanding of nature, Earth and life -- don't fully emerge until Complexity 110 and the advanced courses beyond them. The learning community that I most seek will be interested in those. And of course, the full Complexity 101 course is prerequisite to those.
So there's a bit of self-organization going on here. :-)
Sounds good! I knew you had thought it through, but it was good to see your reasoning spelled out.