By Jesper Hoffmeyer
Gregory Bateson’s contribution to twentieth century pondering has appealed to students from quite a lot of fields dealing in a single manner or one other with features of conversation and epistemology. a few his insights have been taken up and constructed additional in anthropology, psychology, evolutionary biology and communique thought. however the huge, trans-disciplinary synthesis that, in his personal brain, used to be his significant contribution to technological know-how acquired little consciousness from the mainstream clinical communities.
This booklet represents an incredible try to revise this deficiency. students from ecology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, cognitive technological know-how, anthropology and philosophy talk about how Bateson's pondering could result in a fruitful reframing of critical difficulties in smooth technology. most crucial might be, Bateson's bioanthropology is proven to play a key function in constructing the set of principles explored within the new box of biosemiotics. the concept organismic lifestyles is certainly essentially semiotic or communicative lies on the center of the biosemiotic method of the examine of life.
The in basic terms ebook of its sort, this quantity offers a key source for the quickly-growing substratum of students within the biosciences, philosophy and medication who're looking a chic new method of exploring hugely complicated systems.
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A Legacy for Living Systems - Gregory Bateson as Precursor to Biosemiotics by Jesper Hoffmeyer