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The Hidden Connections: Integrating The…

The Hidden Connections: Integrating The Biological, Cognitive, And Social… (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Fritjof Capra

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A fierce attack on globalism - and a manifesto for change - by one of the world's leading scientific writers. Contemporary scientific discoveries indicate that all of life - from the most primitive cells, up to human societies, corporations and nation-states, even the global economy - is organized along the same basic patterns and principles: those of the network. However, the new global economy differs in important aspects from the networks of life: whereas everything in a living network has a function, globalism ignores all that cannot give it an immediate profit, creating great armies of the excluded. The global financial network also relies on advanced information technologies - it is shaped by machines, and the resulting economic, social and cultural environment is not life-enhancing but life-degrading, in both a social and an ecological sense.… (more)
Title:The Hidden Connections: Integrating The Biological, Cognitive, And Social Dimensions Of Life Into A Science Of Sustainability
Authors:Fritjof Capra
Info:Doubleday (2002), Hardcover, 320 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:popsci, complexsys, pb

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The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Fritjof Capra (2002)



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Together with "The web of life", one of the best essays about how living beings develop themselves, evolve and fit in the regulation of the global ecosystem. Brilliently written, the author explains different theories recently developped that fit between themselves like the pieces of a puzzle ( )
  HarryHaller86 | Aug 19, 2008 |
This is great although I can't quite put my finger on it. It is a great introduction into the sea changes in thought that I am sure will characterize our age in 1000 years. The big most accessible message for me is the systems biology notion, the notion that even as the genome is now in a database, our scientists see a much more complex and constantly evolving and recombinant world, rather than a rigid deterministic one which would make the future so much easier (and dangerous). Funny, now many educated people view biology and genetics as deterministic, but that will change as we all learn to speak every day of complexity theory and many other delightful liberating recombinant notions. Read this one too, but slowly and don't be too pedantic about it. Capra is one of my favourites and I have read a few others. ( )
1 vote brett_in_nyc | Apr 26, 2008 |
this is a grat book for use by students or others interested in thinking the actual stage of the human presence in the world.
some topics like sustainability and eco-development find here some very important lessons.I used this book in my research works (I am an environmental engineering student)and I noticed it presents many up-to-date texts,wich contributed very much for my understandig of a lot of the relations between humans and the world and life itself.Great.
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