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Turning Point, The

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Until recently, our view of the physical universe had been formed, for centuries, by the mechanistic thinking of Descartes and Newton.

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New scientific concepts have overturned this world view, replacing it with a more holistic and ecological one that has afforded us deep insights into the nature of matter and its relation to the human mind.

In The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra showed how we might merge these new scientific ideas with the philosophies of mystics of all ages and traditions. In this book, he takes his ideas further, extending his systems-based approached to include important areas of contemporary life including medicine, psychology, economics, political science and ecology.

We are at a turning point in all areas of our culture and, in this groundbreaking book, Capra reveals how we can effect a cultural revolution that will reflect the harmonious interrelatedness we observe in nature.

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"This splendid and thoughtful book is an essential guide for anyone inquiring about the place of science and metascience in our contemporary culture."     ~Jim Lovelock, New Scientist

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"Among Western mystics the one whose thought comes closest to that of the new systems biology is probably Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Teilhard was not only a Jesuit priest but an eminent scientist who made major contributuins to geology and paleontology. He tried to integrate his scientific insights, mystical experiences, and theological doctrines into a coherent world view, which was dominated by process thinking and centered on the phenomenon of evolution. Teilhard's theory of evolution is in sharp contrast to the neo-Darwinian theory but shows remarkable similarities with the new systems theory.

Its key concept is what he called the 'Law of Complexity-Consciousness' which states that evolution proceeds in the direction of increasing complexity, and that this increase in complexity is accompanied by a corresponding rise of consciousness, culminating in human spirituality. Teilhard uses the term 'consciousness' in the sense of awareness and defines it as 'the specific effect of organized complexity', which is perfectly compatible with the systems view of mind."      ~Chapter 8

Author Capra, Fritjof
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 464 pp.
Publisher Bantam Books 1988
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