Metapatterns Across Space, Time, and Mind

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Columbia University Press, 1995 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 296 pages
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In the interdisciplinary tradition of Buckminster Fuller's work, Gregory Bateson's Mind and Nature, and Fritjof Capra's Tao of Physics, Metapatterns embraces both nature and culture, seeking out the grand-scale patterns that help explain the functioning of our universe. Metapatterns begins with the archetypal patterns of space, both form building and relational. Tyler Volk then turns to the arrows, breaks, and cycles that infuse the workings of time. With artful dexterity, he brings together many layers of comprehension, drawing on an astounding range of material from art, architecture, philosophy, mythology, biology, geometry, and the atmospheric and oceanographic sciences. Richly illustrating his metapatterns with a series of sophisticated collages prepared for this book, Volk offers an exciting new look at science and the imagination. As playful and intuitive as it is logical and explanatory, Metapatterns offers an enlightening view of the functional, universal form in space, processes in time, and concepts in mind.
 

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METAPATTERNS: Across Space, Time, and Mind

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A vision of nature through eyes looking for patterns in space and time. Volk (Earth System Science/New York Univ.) writes like the middle-age hippie he avowedly is: enthusiastic, liberal, starry- eyed ... Read full review

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Tyler Volk is an earth scientist. That's one of the few scientific fields today where it is actually desired to tend more towards holism than towards reductionism, i.e. to study whole systems as ... Read full review

Contents

Sheets and Tubes
29
Borders
51
Binaries
73
Triumph of twos Families of simplest complexities Across parallel
91
Layers
125
Calendars
153
Space time movement memory and mind Holons and clonons
173
Breaks
197
Cycles
227
What Are Metapatterns?Revisited
251
References
269
Index
285
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