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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802075916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802075918
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Harries-Jones is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, York University


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ian Murray on February 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Ecological understanding is a must for all generations. For those with the courage to think through the implications of an ecological world view and want to learn the scientific concepts which help facilitate greater understanding of natural systems, leading to (hopefully) better decisions regarding resource use, this is a great book. By tackling recursion and non-linear causation at multiple time scales and cognitive levels, Harrie-Jones helps enrich the recuriveness of population level learning. Bateson was, NO DOUBT, one of the most challenging thinkers of his generation. Struggling at all times to keep his focus on how to make nature and communication more intelligible to more people so that they would have the tools and wisdom to see the consequences of their action on both other people and the planet. Rigorous and enchanting cognitive medicine for all those working to make a better world.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1996
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The best explanation of Gregory Bateson's ideas I have read! An amazing achievement by Peter Harries-Jones! Understand mind in Nature or be doomed! Politics must become aesthetic & beautiful for the optimal survival of humans on Earth or space. Continues examples of nature of autopoeisis, artificial life, Varela & Maturana, and interesting ideas about consciousness in biology... very good on showing biology as closed 'information' systems. A real ecological understanding!
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I gave this book a 4. The book was in fine shape. It came within a reasonable amount of time, but just not as fast as the other Bateson book I ordered.
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This is an excellent advanced overview of Bateson's ideas.It fully reviews and assesses Bateson's core conceptual contribution.I really gained a lot more insight into Bateson by reading it;it made me want to go back and reread all of his works.My only reservation is that a Bateson beginner may find it rather hard going.Before reading this book I recommend that the reader develops a background in Bateson's original work.Bateson can be a difficult writer for someone not used to his ideas and style of expression i.e.teaching through the use of indirect stories and metaphors along with with traditional discursive teachings.I recommend the reader start with 'Angel's Fear',then read 'Steps To An Ecology of Mind' and then what is probably Bateson's most important but most difficult book 'Mind And Nature;A Necessary Unity'.If by any chance the reader finds starting with Bateson's work difficult then they should try starting with Fritjop Capra's,who although not strictly speaking a Batesonian he is heavily influenced by Bateson.Try the 'Web Of Life' and 'The hidden connection' for a very clear introduction to ideas about systems theory.Then maybe try Morris Berman's 'The reenchantment of the world' and then Bradford Keeney's general introduction to Bateson's main ideas on epistemology and psychotherapy 'The aesthetics of change'.'Love,Justice and Wisdom' by Graham Barnes is another good demonstration of Bateson's main ideas as applied to psychotherapy.
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