A Unifying Vision

Author: Fritjof Capra,Pier Luigi Luisi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107011361

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 510

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The first volume to integrate life's biological, cognitive, social, and ecological dimensions into a single, coherent framework.
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A Unifying Vision

Author: Fritjof Capra,Pier Luigi Luisi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139867350

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation leading to a novel kind of 'systemic' thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, and a systemic understanding of evolution. The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management, and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed. Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions - from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law.
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A Unifying Vision

Author: Fritjof Capra,Pier Luigi Luisi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316616437

Category: Science

Page: 510

View: 785

Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science. New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of 'systemic' thinking. This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework. Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, and a systemic understanding of evolution. The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management, and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed. Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions - from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law.
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An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism

Author: Fritjof Capra

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590308352

Category: Philosophy

Page: 366

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Studies similarities between the concept of a harmonious universe that emerges from the theories of modern physics and the vision of a continuously interactive world conceived by Eastern mystics.
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Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance

Author: Fritjof Capra

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385524110

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 5182

Leonardo da Vinci's scientific explorations were virtually unknown during his lifetime, despite their extraordinarily wide range. He studied the flight patterns of birds to create some of the first human flying machines; designed military weapons and defenses; studied optics, hydraulics, and the workings of the human circulatory system; and created designs for rebuilding Milan, employing principles still used by city planners today. Perhaps most importantly, Leonardo pioneered an empirical, systematic approach to the observation of nature-what is known today as the scientific method.Drawing on over 6,000 pages of Leonardo's surviving notebooks, acclaimed scientist and bestselling author Fritjof Capra reveals Leonardo's artistic approach to scientific knowledge and his organic and ecological worldview. In this fascinating portrait of a thinker centuries ahead of his time, Leonardo singularly emerges as the unacknowledged “father of modern science.” From the Trade Paperback edition.
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A Practical Guide to Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results

Author: David Peter Stroh

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585818

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 264

View: 4895

Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed. Moreover, the answers they propose and fund often produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation. How do these unintended consequences come about and how can we avoid them? By applying conventional thinking to complex social problems, we often perpetuate the very problems we try so hard to solve, but it is possible to think differently, and get different results. Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand what systems thinking is and why it is so important in their work. It also gives concrete guidance on how to incorporate systems thinking in problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning without becoming a technical expert. Systems thinking leader David Stroh walks readers through techniques he has used to help people improve their efforts to end homelessness, improve public health, strengthen education, design a system for early childhood development, protect child welfare, develop rural economies, facilitate the reentry of formerly incarcerated people into society, resolve identity-based conflicts, and more. The result is a highly readable, effective guide to understanding systems and using that knowledge to get the results you want.
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A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems

Author: Fritjof Capra

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385476760

Category: Science

Page: 347

View: 5798

Presents an innovative view of the interrelationships of psychological, biological, and social phenomena, synthesizing the latest alternative theories of evolution and physics
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Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community

Author: Fritjof Capra,Ugo Mattei

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1626562083

Category: Law

Page: 240

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WINNER OF THE 2015 IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD IN POLITICS/CURRENT EVENTS The Ecology of Law Fritjof Capra and Ugo Mattei argue that at the root of many of the environmental, economic, and social crises we face today is a legal system based on an obsolete worldview. Capra, a bestselling author, physicist, and systems theorist, and Mattei, a distinguished legal scholar, explain how, by incorporating concepts from modern science, the law can become an integral part of bringing about a better world, rather than facilitating its destruction. This is the first book to trace the fascinating parallel history of law and science from antiquity to modern times, showing how the two disciplines have always influenced each other—until recently. In the past few decades, science has shifted from seeing the natural world as a kind of cosmic machine best understood by analyzing each cog and sprocket to a systems perspective that views the world as a vast network of fluid communities and studies their dynamic interactions. The concept of ecology exemplifies this approach. But law is stuck in the old mechanistic paradigm: the world is simply a collection of discrete parts, and ownership of these parts is an individual right, protected by the state. Capra and Mattei show that this has led to overconsumption, pollution, and a general disregard on the part of the powerful for the common good. Capra and Mattei outline the basic concepts and structures of a legal order consistent with the ecological principles that sustain life on this planet. This is a profound and visionary reconceptualization of the very foundations of the Western legal system, a kind of Copernican revolution in the law, with profound implications for the future of our planet.
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A Science for Sustainable Living

Author: Fritjof Capra

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385494726

Category: Science

Page: 300

View: 7057

The author of The Tao of Physics applies the principles of complexity theory to an analysis of the vast expanse of all human relationships to examine the social impact of emerging scientific principles, discussing such important matters as the management of human organizations, the challenges and dangers of economic globalization, and the nature and problems of biotechnology. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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Exercises to Stretch and Build Learning and Systems Thinking Capabilities

Author: Linda Booth Sweeney,Dennis Meadows

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603582584

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

View: 8124

"More and more educators and businesspeople espouse system thinking today---this short workbook helps you do it! From two of the most gifted systems educators, this is a great tool for discovering the systems thinker in us all."---Peter M. Senge, Senior Lecturer for MIT, founder of the Society for Organizational Learning, author of the Fifth Discipline --
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Conversations with Remarkable People

Author: Fritjof Capra

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0006543413

Category: Capra

Page: 352

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Process Philosophy, Ideology and Utopia

Author: Ove Jakobsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351794000

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 278

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When we look at the state of the world today, what is most evident is the fact that the major problems of our time – energy, environment, economy, climate change and social justice – cannot be understood in isolation. They are interconnected problems, which means that they require corresponding systemic solutions. Today’s global economy has brought about critical distress for ecosystems and societies and we have to go to the very root of the problems to find a way out. This volume develops a synthesized interpretation of ecological economics integrating different levels: (economic) system, (business) practice and the (economic) actor. It discusses how changes on a systems level are connected to changes in practice and development of individual consciousness. Transformative Ecological Economics delves into the insight and knowledge from different sources of inspiration (thermodynamics, Darwinism, anthroposophy and Buddhism) as well as into an integrated story describing and illustrating the core ideas, principles and values that characterize a utopian society anchored in ecological economics. Implementation of the deep changes demanded depends on our ability to write a new story, a utopian one for sure, but one which is in accordance with and based on the reality in which we live. This book will be of interest to those who study ecological economics, political economy and environmental economics.
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Implications For Psychological Theory And Practice

Author: Michael R. Butz

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781560324188

Category: Medical

Page: 271

View: 2064

The nature of this book is to emphasize the inherent complexity and richness of the human experience of change. Now, the author believes there to be an acceptable "scientific" explanation for this phenomona. Explored here are 30 years of studies to describe nonlinear dynamics, today termed either chaos theory or complexity theory. The connotations of both theories are discussed at length. Offering social scientists validation in their attempts to describe and define phenomona of a previously ineffable nature, this book explores chaos' implications for psychology and the social sciences. It describes the benefits psychology can glean from using ideas in chaos theory and applying them to psychology in general, individual psycho-therapy, couples therapy, and community psychology, and also considers possible directions for research and application.
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Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

Author: Michael K. Stone

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781578051533

Category: Education

Page: 275

View: 2052

Our efforts to build a sustainable world cannot succeed unless future generations learn how to partner with natural systems to our mutual benefit. In other words, children must become “ecologically literate.” The concept of ecological literacy advanced by this book’s creators, the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, goes beyond the discipline of environmental education. It aims, says David Orr in his foreword, “toward a deeper transformation of the substance, process, and scope of education at all levels”—familial, geographic, ecological, and political. The reports and essays gathered here reveal the remarkable work being done by the Center’s network of partners. In one middle school, for example, culinary icon Alice Waters founded a program that not only gives students healthy meals but teaches them to garden—and thus to study life cycles and energy flows. Other hands-on student projects described here range from stream restoration and watershed exploration to confronting environmental justice issues at the neighborhood level. With contributions from distinguished writers and educators, such as Fritjof Capra, Wendell Berry, and Michael Ableman, Ecological Literacy reflects the best thinking about how the world actually works and how learning occurs. Parents and educators everywhere will find it an invaluable resource.
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A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning

Author: Jeremy R. Lent

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1633882934

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Page: 569

View: 1836

"Explores key patterns of meaning underlying various cultures, from ancient times to the present, showing how values emerge from the ways in which cultures find meaning and how those values shape the future"--
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explorations on the frontiers of science and spirituality

Author: Fritjof Capra,David Steindl-Rast,Thomas Matus

Publisher: Harper San Francisco

ISBN: 9780062501875

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 217

View: 9263

In this remarkable work, bestselling author Capra and Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk renown for making fresh sense of Christian faith, share insights into how science and relgion seek to make us at home in the universe. A remarkably compatible view of the universe.
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Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology

Author: Gregory Bateson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226039053

Category: Medical

Page: 533

View: 8562

Gregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist, and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead. This classic anthology of his major work includes a new Foreword by his daughter, Mary Katherine Bateson. 5 line drawings.
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Problems, Perspectives, Practice

Author: Lars Skyttner

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814479985

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Evolution of Everything

Author: Adrian Bejan

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466891343

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 5145

The Physics of Life explores the roots of the big question by examining the deepest urges and properties of living things, both animate and inanimate: how to live longer, with food, warmth, power, movement and free access to other people and surroundings. Bejan explores controversial and relevant issues such as sustainability, water and food supply, fuel, and economy, to critique the state in which the world understands positions of power and freedom. Breaking down concepts such as desire and power, sports health and culture, the state of economy, water and energy, politics and distribution, Bejan uses the language of physics to explain how each system works in order to clarify the meaning of evolution in its broadest scientific sense, moving the reader towards a better understanding of the world's systems and the natural evolution of cultural and political development. The Physics of Life argues that the evolution phenomenon is much broader and older than the evolutionary designs that constitute the biosphere, empowering readers with a new view of the globe and the future, revealing that the urge to have better ideas has the same physical effect as the urge to have better laws and better government. This is evolution explained loudly but also elegantly, forging a path that flows sustainability.
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