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✓ Mind and Nature ✓ Gregory Bateson ✓ Mind and Nature ✓ Gregory Bateson - Mind and Nature, Mind and Nature A re issue of Gregory Bateson s classic work It summarizes Bateson s thinking on the subject of the patterns that connect living beings to each other and to their environment

  • Title: Mind and Nature
  • Author: Gregory Bateson
  • ISBN: 9781572734340
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback

✓ Mind and Nature ✓ Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature, Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature A re issue of Gregory Bateson s classic work It summarizes Bateson s thinking on the subject of the patterns that connect living beings to each other and to their environment

Mind and Nature

✓ Mind and Nature ✓ Gregory Bateson ✓ Mind and Nature ✓ Gregory Bateson - Mind and Nature, Mind and Nature A re issue of Gregory Bateson s classic work It summarizes Bateson s thinking on the subject of the patterns that connect living beings to each other and to their environment Mind and Nature

  • ✓ Mind and Nature ✓ Gregory Bateson
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Mind and Nature

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  1. A potentially transformative book if you are interested in learning how evolutionary processes shape the mind As one of the first cyberneticists, Bateson shows how the mind consists of a series of relationships, and goes on to point out that any instance of these same relationships in nature such as in a plant or animal may also be said to exhibit mind Although at times his ideas may seem to be on the verge of religious or New Age thought, especially with his references to Shiva and the aestheti [...]


  2. Worth comparing to Godel, Escher, Bach in substance Bateson often veers from subject to subject, but he is a rigorous and clear writer, and an excellent expositor The point of this book is not Mind and Nature, but rather certain ways of thinking about Mind and Nature Bateson is explicit about this book being epistemology, meta science rather than science.Bateson implicitly draws from several different thinkers and their ideas, the ones I picked up were Wiener s cybernetics, Russell s Principia M [...]


  3. Bateson was a great thinker who emphasized that logic and quantity are inappropiate devices for describing organisms, and their interactions and internal organisations Reading Mind and Nature during the 80s I felt affirmed in my intuition that it splits us inside if we separate Mind from Nature He showed how patterns connect, how they are not static but dance in a rhythm of repetition He showed how information spreads inside a system and controls growth and differentiation This is as seminal wor [...]


  4. I liked Bateson s premise that the world is aesthetic, and his definition of aesthetic is responsive to the pattern which connects Here s what I wrote in myblog about itBateson discusses the wider knowing which he described as the glue holding together the starfishes and sea anemones and redwood forests and human communities His point was that we humans notice the starfishes, but we don t notice the glue that holds the starfishes and the rest of the world together So why does it matter whether w [...]


  5. Subject matter how to think about thinking when thinking, or something along those lines confusing, I know There s so much ground covered in this book that I m still making sense out of everything, howbeit I m glad to finally be through with it as in glad to not have dropped it half way This book was quite the challenge, which I think will account for why I enjoyed it as much as I did, there s a considerable amount of abstract stuff for pondering I should ve read the glossary at the end first no [...]


  6. This is an essential reading for everyone interested in the formal study of epistemology The work of a visionary.


  7. this book rests at the strange nexus of the writings of Merleau Ponty and Douglas Hofstadter, and is presented to us within a framework of biology with an ultimate concern for the institution of education just trying to parse these referents is difficult, and the book does well at keeping a handle on the far difficult task of putting forward what can only be called a philosophy based on the necessary implications of putting all these things into a pile and looking at it from just the right angl [...]


  8. Patterns that connect One frequently hears phrases such as everything in the world is connected to everything else but rarely do we find much in the way of discussion Gregory Bateson was the epitome of the multidisciplinarian He could not be pigeonholed in any particular field of study but he could recognize the most significant aspects of each and demonstrate how they all connect together I must admit here that he is far and away beyond my own level of comprehension I must continually reread an [...]


  9. Bateson begins with a list of basic scientific presuppositions that every schoolboy should know , n further epistemological foundations are laid in two later chapters, one on the importance of combining different perspectives, of having multiple versions of the world , and the other on different types of relationship This material is used as the basis for tackling three major topics finding explicit criteria for the existence of mind examining parallels between learning n evolution as stochastic [...]


  10. I may very well have to read this again sometime soon The scope of this book is astounding It starts out as a primer on how to think, redefining epistemology along the way in an attempt to enable the reader to think in cybernetic circuits of calibration and feedback, form and process Bateson seeks to tease out the pattern that connects , a pattern of patterns, the meta pattern that connects all living things The pattern that connects us It s all a bit fuzzy, but it ll definitely make you think I [...]


  11. A thought provoking thinker, but alas a terrible writer He tends to start out with some ambitious claim e.g having solved the mind body problem , and when he would have to prove it, digresses into something else Maddening On the other hand, he is exploring how mind and not in this book consciousness might be explained as emerging from matter which I am inclined to believe is what is actually happening myself, without of course being able to properly explain much further.


  12. I had just read Wittgenstein s Tractatus before I read this, so I thought it intriguing, the appearance of a ladder, climbing levels of logical type definitely a thought provoking read, for thinking about thinking that is He is still relevant on the topic of stagnant educational institutions and epistemology too Talk it over with a friend As Bateson says two descriptions are better than one therein lies the difference


  13. this is a very dense book on a very abstract set of concepts, but well worth reading if you re at all interested in evolutionary biology and the idea of what mind might be some of bateson s creative flourishes especially the final chapter are a little weird, and explain why his work is also popular in decidedly less scientific arenas, but the core idea that evolution and mind can be considered as logical analogues and as stochastic processes is a good one.


  14. Un libro un po difficile da leggere ma assolutamente geniale, idealmente da affiancare a G del, Escher, Bach per chi sia interessato a riflettere sul funzionamento della mente Io ho trovato Bateson un po pi difficile di Hofstadter, per pu dipendere dalla mia formazione scientifica probabilmente gli umanisti avranno l opinione opposta.


  15. Fascinating way to view the criteria of mind to better understand processes, moires, and thought pattern This was required reading in college in one of my very favorite classes created by a professor who won national awards for his curriculum.


  16. There s nothing like it in the world What a gentle, thoughtful, poignant, and careful disassembly of the world around us And an equally careful reassembly If you are willing to apply it, there are new worlds to be experienced on every page.


  17. One of the seminal thinkers of systems theory once called cybernetics compares the process of evolution to the process of learning I listened to recordings of Bateson s talks given at Esalen around the time he was writing this Francisco Varela picked up where Bateson left off.





  18. To me, this book is a primer on how to think I read it when it first was published, and believe it really changed me.





  19. Bateson is lovely, but this is not his best work Although there are some gems here e.g the chapter Multiple Versions of the World has a structure that beautifully mirrors its subject matter, and the fact that it s possible to do this at all is arguably the thesis of the whole book , the ideas better expressed in Steps to an Ecology of Mind Recommended for the Bateson completionist.



  20. As ever is Gregory Bateson clear in his expositions In this book he focuses on mind, without mentioning the clear fact, that mind is a self referencing process and therefor autonomous He makes clear that there is no sensible distinction between body and mind , just as there is no distinction between body and brain , except a functional one there has to be a place for thinking , just as one has to have legs to move To paraphrase Bennett and Hacker motion is not in your legs, just as thinking is n [...]


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