- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Anchor (January 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385494726
- ISBN-13: 978-0385494724
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living
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Fritjof Capra, bestselling author of The Tao of Physics" and The Web of Life, here explores another frontier in the human significance of scientific ideas--applying complexity theory to large-scale social interaction.
In the 1980s, complexity theory emerged as a powerful alternative to classic, linear thought. A forerunner of that revolution, Fritjof Capra now continues to expand the scope of that theory by establishing a framework in which we can understand and solve some of the most important issues of our time. Capra posits that in order to sustain life, the principles underlying our social institutions must be consistent with the broader organization of nature. Discussing pertinent contemporary issues ranging from the controversial practices of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to the Human Genome Project, he concludes with an authoritative, often provocative plan for designing ecologically sustainable communities and technologies as alternatives to the current economic globalization.
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(a) The transition is based on subjective data and modeled on management theory, which is NOT a Science. (b) The second half reads more like "this is where I wanted to go with this book, anyway" rather than logically explaining the scientific reasoning. It really does look like the author's political opinions may have gotten in the way of a clean scientific analysis.
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Patterns of integration of the sciences (and arts) hint at our near future one we have to create togehter.Read more