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Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of His new book, The Web of Life, was published in October. the web of life by fritjof capra (pdf). Fritjof Capra is one of the leading scientists in the growing field of systems theory. His research is fundamental to the holistic. The web of life: A new understanding of living systems by Fritjof Capra. Jeremy C. Ahouse. Corresponding Author. Howard Hughes Medical.
Rather, this is a book of ideas and argument. Some of the scientific history is quite familiar, and many readers will be able to skim earlier sections on the rise of classical physics, or revolutions of Darwinian evolution, relativity and quantum theory.
That said, Capra and Luisi use this history as a useful lens to examine how human thought has had an on-again, off-again relationship with systems thinking for centuries. They also bring back to life some of the foundational figures in systems science, now mostly forgotten.
For example, I had heard of the Austrian biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy, who in the s developed general ideas about the organising principles of living systems. Such systems naturally develop complex, dynamic structures reminiscent of life, things absent in closed or isolated systems.
A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
I had also heard the name Bogdanov, but had no idea that Alexander Bogdanov was a Russian polymath who developed similar ideas around the turn of the 20th century; his work is still largely unknown in the West. Capra and Luisi take an adventurous expedition through topics from genetic regulation to ecology, and from climate science to the origins of life, in every case emphasising the necessity of taking a holistic perspective if we are to make progress.
They ask: can we understand the dynamics of the human heart in terms of the interactions of its cells?
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Improving the Quality of Life: He uses the term autopoiesis self-organization to describe a process whereby life makes iteself, continuously. Life is closed to the world in the sense that it self-creates and self-orders, but life is also open because it necessarily interacts with its environment and Capra presents an anti-reductionist, and anti-deterministic molecular v.
Life is closed to the world in the sense that it self-creates and self-orders, but life is also open because it necessarily interacts with its environment and adapts to it.
Mind is not a thing, Capra says, but a process that takes in what the external world requires and behavior is modified through feedback loops as a result. We are composed of nucleated cells where parts function as parts of a whole and where the whole is dependent on the parts.
We are a community, internally, and externally in our relationship with the environment. We are part of the web of life, not isolated from it.
This is a vision of not only who we are, but who we need to be.We are composed of nucleated cells where parts function as parts of a whole and where the whole is dependent on the parts. Even-Zohar, G.
What I am offering in my book, and what I would like to present to you today, is a new conceptual framework for the scientific understanding of life. Bibliography[ edit ] The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism , Capra's first book, challenges conventional wisdom by demonstrating striking parallels between Vedic and Oriental mystical traditions and the discoveries of 20th century physics.
Mind and matter no longer appear to belong to two separate categories, but can be seen as representing two complementary aspects of the phenomenon of life - the process aspect and the structure aspect.