The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

The Systems View of Life A Unifying Vision Over the past thirty years a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science New emphasis has been given to complexity networks and patterns of organisation leading to a no

  • Title: The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision
  • Author: Fritjof Capra Pier Luigi Luisi
  • ISBN: 9781107011366
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Over the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of systemic thinking This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework Taking a broad sOver the past thirty years, a new systemic conception of life has emerged at the forefront of science New emphasis has been given to complexity, networks, and patterns of organisation, leading to a novel kind of systemic thinking This volume integrates the ideas, models, and theories underlying the systems view of life into a single coherent framework Taking a broad sweep through history and across scientific disciplines, the authors examine the appearance of key concepts such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures, social networks, and a systemic understanding of evolution The implications of the systems view of life for health care, management, and our global ecological and economic crises are also discussed Written primarily for undergraduates, it is also essential reading for graduate students and researchers interested in understanding the new systemic conception of life and its implications for a broad range of professions from economics and politics to medicine, psychology and law.

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    1. Fritjof Capra Pier Luigi Luisi

      Fritjof Capra born February 1, 1939 is an Austrian born American physicist He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and is on the faculty of Schumacher College Capra is the author of several books, including The Tao of Physics 1975 , The Turning Point 1982 , Uncommon Wisdom 1988 , The Web of Life 1996 and The Hidden Connections 2002.

    492 thoughts on “The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision”

    1. suffice to say that this book is a total outlier in terms of number of tags I used; most of my books have 2-5 tags, this one has got 14!: anthropology, biology, business, cooperation, design, education, innovation, networks, philosophy, read, science, spiritual, technology, work


    2. This book was informative and beautiful. The basic gist, using a quote from the book is that "there is a fundamental unity to life Different living systems exhibit similar patterns of organization." The authors explore these patterns of organizations using biology, mathematics, sociology, and more. Towards the end of the book, the authors demonstrate how our economic and social systems are based on ideas of infinite growth and individualism that simply do not fit with the world that we live in. [...]


    3. A book that pretends to offer a global, “unifying” view on life and reality cannot be but very comprehensive. And in this respect Fritjof Capra lives up to all expectations: not only does it offer a thorough critique on classical sciences (its determinism and reductionism), but it also offers an alternative: a contextual, integrative and holistic approach. For Capra that alternative paradigm can be found through Systems Approach, a philosophical-scientific and technical current of thinking, [...]


    4. it's been a long time since I've been so excited about reading a non-fiction book, let alone a text book. But this one has captivated my interest by pulling together so many ideas and threads of scientific knowledge and wisdom. In a sense, this book feels like a Rosetta stone for me, unlocking connections and roots of a panoply of different ideas and concepts. It starts walking us through the history of science—and how scientific models influenced most aspect of cultures. This is a wonderful s [...]


    5. The Systems View of Life argues that Cartesian reductionism, which refers to attempts to describe reality by examining its constituent parts, distracts us from a true account of our world and the universe. Instead, Capra argues that focusing on patterns, processes, and underlying relationships offers more fertile ground for useful inferences about reality. I enjoyed the book until its head-snapping turn to superficial polemics on healthcare, business, and energy policy. These revealed the author [...]



    6. The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi is an interdisciplinary book which presents ”a unified systemic vision that includes and integrates life’s” different dimensions (p.xii). All living systems are ”highly nonlinear” networks where there are ”countless interconnections” (p.xii). Here is a summary of the book together with some conclusions.Introduction (pp.1--16)The systems view of life is ”a change from seeing the world as a machine to [...]


    7. Very ambitious. I didn't know what to make of it when I first heard about Fritjof Capra's work. He and his co author are attempting to not only understand the systematic nature of everything, and I mean everything, they are also trying to find a way to harvest what they learn from how systems work so they can make suggestions about how to make life on Earth more sustainable. While I enjoyed their explanation of systems in the emergence of organisms, I didn't really enjoy the sections on consciou [...]


    8. This also appears on my blog silashruparellMy one-liner: Astounding breadth of coverage of philosophical, scientific and economic systems and processes guiding humanity towards a more sustainable existence “[T]he Zeitgeist (“spirit of the age”) of the early twenty-first century is being shaped by a profound change of paradigms, characterized by a shift of metaphors from the world as a machine to the world as a network. The new paradigm may be called a holistic worldview, seeing the world a [...]



    9. I read my first piece of Capra's work in college a decade ago, the Tao of Physics, and was utterly inspired. Then a couple years back I read his book on DaVinci, which for the most part was phenomenal. Then I took on the challenge of reading this book.This work attempts the herculean task of weaving together the stories of human biological, philosophical, spiritual, intellectual, and social evolution with the world's current sociopolitical and economic status, and how that is all tied to and emb [...]


    10. Deeply disappointing. After a promising start in its diagnosis of the problems this book totally fails to deliver on its solutions. By the end it declines into highly naive hippy nonsense. e.g. Medicine doesn't consider holistic care so let's use reiki and homeopathy. What!?! No, look into wellness centres and holistic care programs. Solve multiple food crises at once with locally grown produce. What an original thought, seems so obvious. Large scale monocultures exist because we need them. Subs [...]


    11. In my opinion, there should be a course that is taught along with this textbook that is prerequisite for every undergraduate degree. The book does a good job of explaining interdependent origination from an interdisciplinary scientific point of view. We desperately need to overcome our mechanistic, binary view of the world and our lived sense of separateness from it in order to ensure the longevity of our, along with every other, species on this planet. Education and inner reflection are keys to [...]


    12. Great overview of complexity theory branching across a variety of disciplines. Excellent primer for those interested in complexity and systems thinking.



    13. livro cansativo da porra4 estrelas pela tematica, 1 estrela pela escrita, 2 estrelas pela motivaçao de leitura


    14. Excellent book. Well-written, nice overview of complexity theory and science. Describes the systems view of life and points to shortcomings in reductionistic and mechanistic views of life. At moments it felt a bit too optimistic but it did not downplay the issues at hand at all, and yet it maintained a positive outlook. It also overed several solutions to these problems in detail in the latter chapter.Some chapters were more interesting to me as others. What I missed was a discussion about the J [...]


    15. Excellent book! This book should be read slowlyt in haste. Read few pages, let them sink in; and then read next few.Also, as far as possible read only this book - not with some other book in parallel. The book deserves undivided attention.


    16. This book takes all the stars mostly for the wealth of content covered. I do not think you can easily categorize this book, it can be sociology, anthropology, science, developmental economics The other book I've ever come across that could rival this, is Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, the latter being more interesting and this one more academic. I personally place more premium on content rather than prose.This central idea of the book is paradigm shifting. It calls for an ex [...]


    17. What an ambitious textbook, so broad and encompassing, on the critical paradigm of systems thinking. I have read many parts and will return as a reference frequently. The approach is great and one is challenged to think critically about the parts that are fantastic lateral thinking and insight versus areas where the authors went too far into poppycock over a chasm too far (not supported by facts). Nevertheless the type of thinking applied so broadly is essential to anyone educated for the 21st c [...]


    18. collaborative review pending at Zygote Quarterly (volume 10)I love what the book is trying to do overall. I did find some sections with major flaws. I wish the book had been written to be somewhat more broadly accessible, because I want these ideas to be widely considered and discussed. I've started a more general discussion group for the theme of systems thinking (intending to emphasize discussion of this book).


    19. In you want to understand systems and how they work in the world, or at least how Capra sees them working, this is the book. It was written as a text book, and reads like one as well, so it's not a Saturday morning by the fire kind of book, but it introduces ideas that can keep you thinking and responding for a long time.


    20. An excellent, incredibly insightful and informative book, somewhat marred by the tedium experienced in the authors' rehashing the ideas of organizations working for change. For most of this book, the writers masterfully tie together concepts in systems, mathematics, consciousness, the environment, society and biology, and for that, it is a brilliant read.


    21. Incredible. So much knowledge crammed into this guide to life. Highly recommended if you are at all questioning the dominant economic and political regimes of the west and are looking for better ways of doing things.


    22. Ecstatic!It's overwhelmingly simple and arguably one of the best if not the best book I've read so far."We re the universe discovering itself"


    23. Great overview of different systems but lack of concise interdependence analyses. Writing style is dry and academic.Can serve as a good reference book for subject areas you are not familiar with.



    24. May need to come back to this when I am more the mood for a detailed historical review of the origins of system thinking



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