Also gilt: Alle Griechen sind sterblich. Modus Gras: Gras stirbt. Menschen sind Gras. Da im Belebten Muster und Relationen entscheidend sind, ist eine Logik, die sich auf scheinbar autonome Dinge konzentriert, wie es im Modus Barbara geschieht, fehl am Platz.
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Start your review of Mind and Nature Write a review Aug 23, Sarah Multiverse rated it it was amazing Recommended to Sarah by: thesis advisor Shelves: philosophy-of-mind , philosophy-of-science , philosophy-of-evolution 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 A potentially transformative book if you are interested in learning how evolutionary processes shape the 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 aesthetic of the world, Bateson is first and foremost a scientist, and his ideas are grounded very firmly in scientific principles, as he explains them in the first chapter. It is my understanding of his work that he would oppose psychology, cognitive science, and any other discipline that seeks to understand the world in terms of rigid cause-and-effect, because he prefers to describe the world in terms of feedback loops.
This forms the basis for his philosophy of the ecology of mind. Fair warning, this book reads more as a collection of musings than straight-up philosophy or science. He wrote this as a collection of observations, so sometimes the flow of the argument gets a little sidetracked.
All the same, in my opinion this is a great book and has been the source of many great conversations for me! I would recommend this book to people who are interested in philosophy of science and its intersection with philosophy of mind.
Bateson often veers from subject to subject, but he is a rigorous and clear writer, and an excellent expositor. Bateson is explicit about this book being epistemology, meta-science rather than science. Seeing these influences helps to see how grounded this book is intellectually. The last chapter, a dialogue between the author and his daughter, veers into obscurity, but I suppose the point Bateson is trying to make is the difficulty of thinking about how to think properly about big, vague ideas like consciousness and aesthetics.
This is the worst part of the book. I highly recommend this book for scientists and other empiricists making sense of the world.
geist und natur von gregory bateson
Mind and Nature
Geist und Natur. Eine notwendige Einheit