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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Connections: Revealed., 23 April 2003
This review is from: The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living (Paperback)
From the outset I was utterly hooked, it was a completely compelling read. Fritjof Capra moves from and connects deep cellular biology and the origins of cellular life through philosophy, psychology, sociology, economics, globalisation, environmentalism, social theory and anthropology with both grace and beauty finishing with light, hope and the framework of a new way of thinking. Reading this book was a truelly enlightening experience, it is highly accessable to all, and must surely rate as essential for all readers in the 21st century. The Hidden Connection inspires and educates, provokes thought and challenges the way we interact with the world and others, it is a truley awe-inspiring read that has the potential to change the way in which we live and view our planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A world of unified systems, 29 Sep 2004
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Capra attempts to provide a conceptual framework that integrates the physical, cognitive and social dimensions in order to present a unified view of consciousness, society and life and also to develop a coherent and systemic approach to addressing the world's most pressing problems.
In the first part he constructs a new theoretical framework by looking at the nature of life, the nature of consciousness and the nature of social reality. He deals extensively with networking that has become an important social phenomenon and a critical source of power in the world.
The second part explores the management of human organisations, i.e. why and how these are living systems; economic globalisation; a systemic analysis of the ethical and scientific problems of biotechnology, with reference to the human genome project, and; the major problems facing the world today.
The author does a good job of pointing out the unified systems that integrate the biological, cognitive and social aspects of life and of explaining how a new vision of reality is unfolding, together with the social implications of this transformation.
Hidden Connections is a great read. The book contains explanatory notes, a bibliography and an index. Other interesting books dealing with this subject include Small World by Mark Buchanan and Universality by Mark Ward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heralds the new Worldview, 10 Jun 2002
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Knits together the key ideas and concepts of the researchers who are constructing the new Worldview. In contrast to the Postmodernists, Capra is putting forward a viable alternative, something we can exlore for ourselves. Cornerstones of his new Worldview are Systems theories such as autopoiesis, dissipative structures - but also neurophenomenology, hermeneutics and sustainability. This book should be read widely by those of us who feel that there are better ways to manage our planet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For study, 17 Sep 2013
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Brought this book for my college work, came in very handy. Will also need it again in the future for my next course
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, 5 Mar 2012
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This book gripped me from the first page to the last. Capra has an ingenious way of making difficult subjects crystal clear. I recommend this book to anyone and their auntie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adding more Yin to your Yang, 23 Dec 2011
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1. Fritjof Capra's "the hidden connections" is a book of ideas. Capra explains in detail a conceptual framework that integrates biological, cognitive and social dimensions of life which allows for a systematic evaluation to a series of important issues.

2. I found Capra's book remarkable in having been prescient enough (published in 2002) to predict the failings of capitalism - as evidenced so spectacularly in 2008.

3. Capra makes the point that globalisation and financial deregulation has lead to a world economy where profit and loss are no longer determined by local factors and the cyclic supply and demand cycle. However "...today's global economy is structured around a network if financial flows in which capital works in real time, moving rapidly from one option to another...[thereby inducing capital flight and creating a full blown economic crisis].

4. Of interest is the expert way in Capra manages to summarise a whole series of conceptually awkward ideas in a brief series of passages. For example Capra summarises the Central Dogma of Molecular Genetics in the most succinct manner that I have ever read it and also explains the political machinations behind the public and private institutions that competed to decode the Human Genome first (up until reading the book I had no idea as to how important a role James [Jim] Kent played).

5. Capra essentially refutes the simplistic Genetic deterministic view of behaviour in favour for the more nuanced systematic role that epigentics plays.

6. Moving forward, Capra suggests that the masculine paradigm be changed for one that remakes masculine into an algorithm that embraces co-operation and systematic thinking.

7. Several authors are quoted extensively throughout the text, namely Vandana Shiva and Manuel Castells - both of whom I will be reading further. A thought provoking and easy-going read - I would definitely recommend
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