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The Web of Life by Fritjof Capra
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Aug 03, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: capital-institute, economics, environment, ecological-footprint

Capra’s book, like many of his earlier works, explores the relationship between the environment and society; in this book he focuses on the biological aspects of this theory. Capra emphasizes the “ecological” as having particular significance to the way the field of science is shifting away from a physics-heavy focus.
The book also creates what journalist Scott London calls a “coherent” conceptual framework for understanding the theories of this scientific ‘revolution.’ Capra argues that there must be a combination of two approaches that have historically clashed – the study of patterns and the study of structure. According to Capra, this combination of the two creates a new way of understanding a living system by introducing three basic questions – what is its structure, its pattern of organization, and what is the process of life?
Some contention to this work has developed around the idea that different scientific disciplines should not be in competition with one another, which is inherent in Capra’s arguments and theories.
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