The Hidden Connections has ratings and 42 reviews. Fritjof Capra, bestselling author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life, here explores another. 2 Aug What’s the fuss about GM food? Fritjof Capra explains why complex systems are inherently unpredictable in Hidden Connections. Quotes from The Hidden Connection, Fritjof Capra. 1. The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Fritjof Capra (click on title for book link;.
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While the first three chapters provide the scientific basis for our existence, the next three describe in some detail our e From cellular biology to social constructs to the dangers of GMOs and finally to the future of energy that will be required to provide a sustainable earth, Capra tackles the most intimate and the most complex in stunning and lucid form.
Definitely worth a reread. When carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms bond in a certain way to form sugar, the resulting compound has a sweet taste. Though few would deny the truth of this: It will deepen your understanding of most things, by recognizing who it’s all intertwined.
Can nature possibly be so absurd as it seemed to us in these atomic experiments? I’m going to need to reread it to really understand it, capar that will be after some time. His claim is that all biological and social phenomena are the result of the network characteristic of life.
The book ranged widely. He outlines admirable efforts cknnections many in society that lead to cleaner energy, less pollution, and the possible saving of the planet.
hdiden All values except profit have been steadily stripped out of the system, making us actually less able to protect ourselves frithof polluting and wasteful economic activities. To run properly, a machine must be controlled by its operators, so that it will function according to their instructions. If only because I then want to complicate them connectionw. Sure, we all want to save the planet. This is key to our survival, as is understanding sustainability: In order to combine respect for these human rights with the ethics of ecological sustainability, we need to realize that sustainability — in ecosystems as well as in human society — is not an individual property but a property of an entire web of relationships: This one flirts with 3 but I think nicely doesn’t overstep it’s claims.
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Jul 22, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: I also like being reminded of the wonder and unimaginable timescale of our emergence. I always worry about coherent systemic approaches to all things, just as I worry about the straightforward application of theories evolved through physical and life sciences to social science — they often throw up interesting things, as Emergence did, but still they remain problematic.
Fritjof Capra born February 1, is an Austrian-born American physicist. Once again, a great book from Fritjof Capra. It has given me hope for the future, to know that we have a blueprint of what’s needed, albeit a challenging struggle politically to promote it.
They can be lumped into the following categories: So what GM protestors are rightfully trampling underfoot is a false fritjf conception of nature. He also describes how the big companies tried to hijack agriculture by promoting Genetically Modified good. He then goes on to illustrate how these corporates are trying to to attain maximum profitability with nary a care for the betterment of employees and the without bothering about the impact their actions have on the environment.
Fascinating and informative review of the ‘basics’ of biological life in the first half, but I was fgitjof by the logical progression from that to social application.
The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living
To ask other readers questions about The Hidden Connectionsplease sign up. Ffitjof 05, Ricardo Roman rated it it was amazing. He describes, for example, the crisis faced by quantum physicists in s as their experiments and observations pushed the limits of our understandings of reality.
The response to the external perturbation is organically unpredictable – sometimes creative, which makes the consultants look good, but often frustratingly wayward. Perhaps my favourite thing in the whole book was this amazing quote from Werner Heisenberg, on the cost of emergence, and how it is in fact greater than any one man but emerges from collective work and thinking: As some of my students tell me, “There are big words in this book and I needed a dictionary to read it.
Great book but like other work by Capra, at times too dry for my taste. A must for anyone interested in Sustainability. Oct 02, Elinor Hurst rated it really liked it.
After this framing of the key nature of networks and relationships in both biology and social science, the book moves towards what sustainability should look like, how we can achieve it based on this new knowledge. The processes that sustain a social network are processes of communication, which generate shared meaning and rules of behaviour the network’s cultureas well as a shared body of knowledge.
My Qs borrowed from Sir Norman F I’ve just reviewed from Guardian reviewer from the cohnections cover i have calra that it is an analyse of the rational option from unpredictable hopeless future that might bring the different.
The new scientific concepts of the basis of life explained in his earlier book, “The Web of Life” are revisited here, and then drawn together with economic fritjpf social analysis to produce a blueprint for change. He is also rigorous and smart, and my critiques of the sections on social science are offset by my appreciation that he actually read and grappled with Manuel Castells’ three volumes on networks.
I learned a lot about biology at the beginning. This spontaneous emergence of order at critical points of instability is one of the most important concepts of the new understanding of life.