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By Jesper Hoffmeyer

ISBN-10: 1402063393

ISBN-13: 9781402063398

Gregory Bateson’s contribution to twentieth century pondering has appealed to students from quite a lot of fields dealing in a single means or one other with points of verbal exchange and epistemology. a couple of his insights have been taken up and built extra in anthropology, psychology, evolutionary biology and communique idea. however the huge, trans-disciplinary synthesis that, in his personal brain, was once his significant contribution to technology acquired little recognition from the mainstream medical communities.

This e-book represents a tremendous try to revise this deficiency. students from ecology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, cognitive technology, anthropology and philosophy talk about how Bateson's considering may result in a fruitful reframing of primary difficulties in glossy technology. most crucial might be, Bateson's bioanthropology is proven to play a key position in constructing the set of rules explored within the new box of biosemiotics. the concept organismic lifestyles is certainly primarily semiotic or communicative lies on the middle of the biosemiotic method of the learn of life.

The basically ebook of its variety, this quantity presents a key source for the quickly-growing substratum of students within the biosciences, philosophy and medication who're looking a sublime new method of exploring hugely complicated systems.

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Bateson 2004:39–40). “The sacred (whatever that means) is surely related (somehow) to the beautiful (whatever that means)” (1979: 213). For him, as a scientist, to begin to talk about religion and aesthetics was to step onto dangerous ground – Where Angels Fear to Tread – places he felt it was essential to venture, but where he was going to get into trouble with his colleagues, and he knew it. Yet the exclusion of certain ideas – the Cartesian partition of ways of knowing – seemed to him damaging.

The very systemic characteristics he found in aesthetics in natural systems seems however to point the way to other possibilities for understanding final causation. Possibilities which can be made fruitful in a biosemiotic reframing of technological challenges as well as in our feelings of belonging in a big “pattern that connects”. Keywords Relative being, semiotic freedom, intentionality, semiotic causation, emergence A Deep Symmetry One reason why Gregory Bateson’s thinking never did find the broad audience it deserved may be that he very explicitly placed himself in a position few people are prepared to consider possible.

It is important to keep on trying to understand the limits of science – and at the same time, not to become too arrogant about the understanding that has been achieved. Gregory says of scientists, “We are arrogant about what we might know tomorrow but humble because we know so little today” (1979:270). We need somehow to build a bridge that allows people to deal with the limits of what they can know scientifically, and still have a mythic and aesthetic sense of their world. Fundamentalism is for many an adaptation to a sense of loss, and loss properly inspires compassion.

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