by Hobie, December 14, 2010 4:20 PM
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.