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The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture

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We live in a moment of unprecedented complexity, an era in which change occurs faster than our ability to comprehend it. With The Moment of Complexity, Mark C. Taylor offers a map for the unfamiliar terrain opening in our midst, unfolding an original philosophy of our time through a remarkable synthesis of science and culture. According to Taylor, complexity is not just a breakthrough scientific concept, but the defining quality of the post-Cold War era. The flux of digital currents swirling around us, he argues, has created a new network culture with its own distinctive logic and dynamic.

Drawing on resources from information theory and evolutionary biology, Taylor explains the operation of complex adaptive systems in natural, social, and cultural processes. To appreciate the significance of emerging network culture, he claims, it is necessary not only to understand contemporary scientific and technological transformations, but also to explore the subtle influences of art, architecture, philosophy, religion, and education. The Moment of Complexity, then, is a remarkable work of cultural analysis on a scale rarely seen today. To follow its trajectory is to learn how we arrived at this critical moment in our culture, and to know where we might head in the twenty-first century.

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We live in a moment of unprecedented complexity, an era in which change and information can move faster than our ability to comprehend them. With The Moment of Complexity, Mark C. Taylor offers a map for the unfamiliar terrain opening in our midst, unfolding an original philosophy for our time through a remarkable synthesis of science and culture.

About the Author

Mark C. Taylor is professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. His most recent book is After God, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. From Grids to Networks

Collapsing Walls

The Edge of Chaos

Grid Work

Superficial Complexity

Net Work

2. Critical Emergency

Politics and Criticism

Power and Structures

Generational Gaps

Digital Divide

Decoding the Real

3. Strange Loops

True Lies

Machines and Death

Beauty of Organisms

Undecidable Openings

4. Noise in Formation

Buzz of Information

Information Ages

Information and Communication

Time and Uncertainty

Shifty Static

5. Emerging Complexity

Real Close

Crystals and Smoke

Implication of Complexity

E-mergence

Birds and Bees

6. Evolving Complexity

Ant Smarts

Complex Adaptive Systems

E-volution

Species of Origin

Morphing

Punctuation

7. Screening Information

How This Book Is Being Written

Channeling Experience

Culturing Networks

Viral Webs

Cybergnosis

Incarnational Networks

Coda. The Currency of Education

Practicing Theory

Education Business

Useful and Useless Education

Critical Faculties

Networking Education

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226791180
Author:
Taylor, Mark C.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Taylor
Author:
Taylor, Mark C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 halftones, 20 line drawings
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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