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 manner or one other with elements of communique and epistemology. a couple of his insights have been taken up and built additional 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 bought little cognizance from the mainstream clinical groups.

This ebook represents a huge try and revise this deficiency. students from ecology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, cognitive technology, anthropology and philosophy speak about how Bateson's pondering may result in a fruitful reframing of crucial difficulties in glossy technology. most vital probably, 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 existence is certainly primarily semiotic or communicative lies on the center of the biosemiotic method of the examine of existence.

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

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

- Gregory Bateson
from Mind and Nature

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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. The present “turn towards the spiritual” has probably very much to do with such feelings of disturbance. From a Batesonean view the roots of these lacunae are to be found in fundamental epistemological errors in the preferred schemes of conceptualizations in western culture – a never decently surmounted dualism one might perhaps say.

Or, if this should happen by an unfortunate mutation, the resulting individual would be crippled and leave little or no offspring. If on the other hand, a mutation should occur that affected both bones in a coordinated way, conserving their internal relation, the resulting individual might perhaps manage quite well in the competition. In this case, the relation as such does indeed seem more real than the individual bones making up the relation. And this state of affairs may well be the rule rather than the exception in the realm of creatura.

That cause”for the sake of which” something exists or occurs. Anticipation through skilled interpretation of indicators for temporal relations in a context of a particular survival project (or life strategy) will necessarily guide organismic behavior towards a local end. Inside materialistic biology, however, the apparent finality of selection remains strangely unaccounted for. Darwinists normally escape the finality-problem by pointing out that selection only exhibits an “as if” teleology, or teleonomy.

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