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The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systemsby Fritjof Capra
The Web of Life is a very succinct explanation for the interstices between chaotic math systems and Gaia theory. This book explains the concepts of autopoetic networks and the theories of AI without becoming mired in the incredibly dense math associated with them. It makes a compelling argument for the emergent idea that previously seeming chaos has an underlying and definable order. He argues that the Earth can be perceived not as a collection of systems but as one unified system. He likens our ecosystem to one organism, and likens its many systems to the organs of said organism. This book will make you think differently about everything, from the weather to how your computer works. Easily approachable for the layman, yet dense in its meaning and implication. I'd recommend this to anyone. It will challenge your outlook and perception of this world.
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The vitality and accessibility of Fritjof Capra's ideas have made him perhaps the most eloquent spokesperson of the latest findings emerging at the frontiers of scientific, social, and philosophical thought. In his international bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, he juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality. In The Web of Life, Capra takes yet another giant step, setting forth a new scientific language to describe interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena--the "web of life."
During the past twenty-five years, scientists have challenged conventional views of evolution and the organization of living systems and have developed new theories with revolutionary philosophical and social implications. Fritjof Capra has been at the forefront of this revolution. In The Web of Life, Capra offers a brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific breakthroughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisms, social systems, and ecosystems. Capra's surprising findings stand in stark contrast to accepted paradigms of mechanism and Darwinism and provide an extraordinary new foundation for ecological policies that will allow us to build and sustain communities without diminishing the opportunities for future generations.
Now available in paperback for the first time, The Web of Life is cutting-edge science writing in the tradition of James Gleick's Chaos, Gregory Bateson's Mind and Matter, and Ilya Prigogine's Order Out of Chaos.
In his intemationai bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning Point, Fritjof Capra juxtaposed physics and mysticism to define a new vision of reality. In The Web of Life, he takes yet another giant step forward, describing the interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena — "the web of life". A brilliant synthesis of such recent scientific break-throughs as the theory of complexity, Gaia theory, chaos theory, and more, this is cutting-edge science that offers an extraordinary new foundation for ways of thinking about and responding to the universe at our feet.n
Includes bibliographical references (p. -333) and index.
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