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It’s all a bit fuzzy, but it’ll definitely make you t I may very well have to read this again sometime soon. This is the worst part of the book.

Mind and Nature

I must admit here that gegory is far and away beyond my own level of comprehension. Francisco Varela picked up where Bateson left off. This is as seminal Bateson was a great thinker who emphasized that logic and quantity are inappropiate devices for describing organisms, and their interactions and internal organisations. I have not seen the film produced by Nora Bateson, but would love to someday.

Sep 16, Stuart Macalpine rated it liked it. There’s nothing like it in the world. Cookies are little nuggets of information that web servers store on your computer to make it easier for them to keep track of your browsing session. Some of his most noted writings are to be found in his books, Steps to an Ecology of Mind and Mind and Nature This is as seminal work that influenced many other fields in science and the humanities. The scope of this book is astounding. For example, at loot. It summarizes Bateson’s thinking on the subject of the patterns that connect living beings to each other and to their environment.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Bateson was a great thinker who emphasized that logic and quantity are inappropiate devices for describing organisms, and their interactions and internal organisations. It is my understanding of his work that he would oppose psychology, cognitive science, and any other discipline that seeks to understand the world in terms of rigid cause-and-effect, because he prefers to describe the world in terms of feedback loops.


The work of a visionary. We live in the midst of a large aesthetic space, and we don’t typically notice it much less honor it for its wisdom. He doesn’t believe that elementary particles are minds in themselves,[8] but he also admits that he is not up to date in modern physics. Jan 10, Christine rated it it was amazing. Gregory Bateson 9 May — 4 July was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields.

Angels Fear published posthumously in was eapiritu by his daughter Mary Catherine Bateson. Steps to an Ecology of Mind Gregory Bateson.

Please click the link in that email to activate your subscription. He always pointed to context. This doesn’t mean that anyone who uses your computer can access your account information as we separate association what the cookie provides from authentication. On the other hand, he is exploring how mind and not in this book consciousness might be explained as emerging from matter – which I am inclined to believe is what is actually happening myself, without of course ezpiritu able to properly explain much further.

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May 07, Karl Georg rated it really liked it. This book was quite the challenge, which I think will account for why Espirifu enjoyed it as much as I did, there’s a considerable amount of abstract stuff for pondering I should’ve read the glossary at the end first now that come to think espriitu it that for the most part I had been wishing an upgrade on RAM for my brain to aid in the processing.

He showed how information spreads inside a system and controls growth and differentiation. Mar 18, Vironika Tugaleva rated it it was amazing. Edpiritu book is built on the opinion that we are parts of a living world. If you have persistent cookies enabled as well, then we will be able to remember you across browser restarts and computer reboots. Reading Mind and Nature during the 80s I felt affirmed in my intuition that it splits us inside if we separate Mind from Nature.


Bateson implicitly draws from several different thinkers and their ideas, the ones I picked up were Wiener’s cybernetics, Russell’s Princi Worth comparing to Godel, Escher, Bach in substance. And the answer would have been no. There’s so much ground covered in this book that I’m still making sense out of everything, howbeit I’m glad to finally be through with it as in: The Tao Teh Ching says, “While the tangible has advantages, it is the intangibles that makes it useful.

It is easier and lazier that way, but it is all nonsense. He could not be pigeonholed in any particular field of study but he could recognize the most significant aspects of each and demonstrate how they all connect together. Gregory Bateson was the epitome of the multidisciplinarian.

What if mind is immanent, not in the interaction of parts, but in nature itself? Mind and Nature Gregory Bateson. I found the discussion of stochastic systems in biology both excellent and inspirational–I’m interested in mutator genes, and Bateson’s writing highlights the possibility for feedback between trait and process, in this case, mutation rate and evolution.

Smarter people than me would surely be even more delighted to read this “almost mystic work”, I imagine. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Gregroy point that logic is a poor model for the world, with reference to Epimenides’ paradox “All Cretans are liars” since Epimenides was a Cretanis identical to the point made in a recent essay in Nature on gene networks entitled ‘This title is false’ by Mark Isalan and Matthew Morrison. Wholes are constituted by such combined interaction.