Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity

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Hampton Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 220 pages
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This classic book summarizes Gregory Bateson's thinking on the subject of the patterns that connect living beings to each other and to their environment. Bateson's classic transdisciplinary work presents us with tools of thought, and explores the presuppositions of science and everyday life. This book has influenced scholars in disciplines as diverse as biology, management theory. creativity research, family therapy, communication, systems theory, and epistemology.-- Publisher description.

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In previous readings of Bateson, not only Mind and Nature, I was left with an impression similar to that from primers on non-Euclidean geometries: fabulist structures from simple premises, but despite ... Read full review

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Very dense and erudite. Plan on spending a lot of time to read it all. It took me a year because I had to read and re-read each sentence and then the whole paragraph. But it was worth it.
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naive and unscholarly opinion, the most important work on epistemology in the 20th Century. I wish he were around now to comment on the cyber-age and the way knowledge is developing (or deteriorating) a a result of about 2 billion of us being able to communicate instantaneously with everyone else (theoretically, that is)
The other great 20th Century epistemologist was Yogi Bera who said that "in theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is." (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/y/yogiberra141506.html)
 

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