A Legacy for Living Systems: Gregory Bateson as Precursor to by Associate Professor Jesper Hoffmeyer (auth.), Associate

By Associate Professor Jesper Hoffmeyer (auth.), Associate Professor Jesper Hoffmeyer (eds.)

Gregory Bateson’s contribution to twentieth century considering has appealed to students from quite a lot of fields dealing in a single approach or one other with elements of verbal exchange and epistemology. a few his insights have been taken up and constructed additional in anthropology, psychology, evolutionary biology and verbal exchange thought. however the huge, trans-disciplinary synthesis that, in his personal brain, was once his significant contribution to technology bought little awareness from the mainstream clinical groups.

This e-book represents an important try and revise this deficiency. students from ecology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, cognitive technology, anthropology and philosophy talk about how Bateson's considering may perhaps bring about a fruitful reframing of valuable difficulties in sleek technology. most vital probably, Bateson's bioanthropology is proven to play a key function in constructing the set of principles explored within the new box of biosemiotics. the concept that organismic lifestyles is certainly primarily semiotic or communicative lies on the center of the biosemiotic method of the research of lifestyles.

The in simple terms booklet of its type, this quantity offers a key source for the quickly-growing substratum of students within the biosciences, philosophy and medication who're looking a chic new method of exploring hugely complicated systems.

"What development connects the crab to the lobster and the orchid to the primrose and all of the 4 of them to me? And me to you?"

- Gregory Bateson
from Mind and Nature

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Kipling, Rudyard 2002. “In the Neolithic Age” in Rudyard Kipling: The Complete Verse. Rev. ed. London: Kyle Cathie. Lipset, David 1980. Gregory Bateson: The Legacy of a Scientist. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Paley, William 1794. View of the Evidences of Christianity. Edited, with notes and additions, by Charles Murray Nairne. New York: R. Carter, 1866. Chapter 2 From Thing to Relation. On Bateson’s Bioanthropology Jesper Hoffmeyer Abstract The rapid increase in our technological mastering of more and more intimate and everyday aspects of life has created an acute sensitivity towards the huge lacunas left over by rational knowledge and technology.

Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery. Hanover NH. Kipling, Rudyard 2002. “In the Neolithic Age” in Rudyard Kipling: The Complete Verse. Rev. ed. London: Kyle Cathie. Lipset, David 1980. Gregory Bateson: The Legacy of a Scientist. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Paley, William 1794. View of the Evidences of Christianity. Edited, with notes and additions, by Charles Murray Nairne. New York: R. Carter, 1866. Chapter 2 From Thing to Relation. On Bateson’s Bioanthropology Jesper Hoffmeyer Abstract The rapid increase in our technological mastering of more and more intimate and everyday aspects of life has created an acute sensitivity towards the huge lacunas left over by rational knowledge and technology.

Bateson’s work can be interpreted to answer this question in the affirmative. Creatura is exactly the domain of pleroma where relations are truly ontological, in the sense that these relations are not just descriptive devices but are in fact functional in an autonomous way. Relations in pleroma may also sometimes be thought of as functional, as for instance in astrology. Thus the multiple relations existing between the planets of our own solar system has indeed been intensely studied by scientists of the past, and they remain a matter of great concern to a lot of people believing in varieties of astrological theory.

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