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Call yourself an organicist?
Web of Life: A New Synthesis of Mind and Matter
"A good place to start. A history of organic ways of thinking about Reality. Hardly complete, but hardly puts a foot wrong either. All Capra's books are worth a read. Heaviness rating - 1"
"I may as well plug my own books. This is about how the brain works - an illustration of the principles of organicism rather than a description of organicism as a view of Reality. Heaviness rating - 3"
Hierarchy Theory; The Challenge of Complex Systems.
"I love this book - so cheap as well. Hierarchy theory is the natural heart of organicism. Heaviness rating - 2"
Development and Evolution: Complexity and Change in Biology
"Expensive and a dense read. Yet Salthe goes deeper than anyone on hierarchy theory. For the initiated. Heaviness rating - 5"
Evolving Hierarchical Systems: Their Structure and Representation
"Even more expensive. But again important if you have serious intentions. Heaviness rating - 5"
Charles S. Peirce, Selected Writings
"Peirce deals with semiosis - an essential and often missing element in the organic way of thinking. How do minds create meanings? A old time philosopher back in vogue. Heaviness rating - 5."
The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding
"A familiar classic, this Chilean duo show how both life and mind are cognitive systems - systems formed by adaptation or the act of coming to know. Heaviness rating - 4"
Essays on Life Itself (Complexity in Ecological Systems)
"A particular favourite because of its spirited attack on the conceits of reductionism. Rosen offers an accurate diagnosis. But you have to look elsewhere for the cure. Heaviness rating - 3"
What is Life?: With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches (Canto)
"A classic polemic against reductionism. And not as dated as you might think. Heaviness rating - 1"
General System Theory: Foundations, Development, Applications
"This is a classic. But truth be told, it is a little dull. It makes the case that organicism is different but does not take you far down the road. Heaviness rating - 2"
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (20th anniversary edition with a new preface by the author)
"A classic of a different sort - a whimsical discussion of some issues foundational to organicism. Not really to my taste but it has made many people think. Heaviness rating - 1"
Process and Reality (Gifford lectures)
"Heavy duty organicism. Another philosopher who made things difficult by inventing so much of his own jargon. But still an essential classic. Heaviness rating - 4"
Dynamic Patterns: The Self-Organization of Brain and Behavior (Complex Adaptive Systems)
"An insightful look at how information might actually be used by organic systems. Widens the horizons on this important issue. Heaviness rating - 4"
The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World (Penguin Science)
"Hits most of the right buttons and easy reading. Not a deep treatment but good as an introduction. Heaviness rating - 2"
Three Roads to Quantum Gravity: A New Understanding of Space, Time and the Universe (SCIENCE MASTERS)
"An excellent book even though it is stepping backwards into an organic view of fundamental physics. Heaviness rating - 3"
The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature
"This offers an organic view of time. So essential reading if you want to rethink physics. Heaviness rating - 3"
The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution
"The Santa Fe brand of complexity. Kauffman is stimulating, important in some respects, but he only deals with aspects of organicism - self-organisation mainly. Heaviness rating - 4"
Emergence from Chaos to Order
"This should have been good as Holland is a good hierarchy thinker. But it disappoints badly as he never really explores the reasons for the causal power of hierarchies. Heaviness rating - 1"
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos (Penguin Science)
"Santa Fe brand complexity again. But a fine overview with lots of the history. Heaviness rating - 1"
The Ontogeny of Information: Developmental Systems and Evolution (Science & Cultural Theory)
"Worth mentioning as some see this as crucial. It certainly tackles the right issues but not as deep as it thinks. Heaviness rating - 3"
How The Leopard Changed Its Spots: Evolution of Complexity
"How to grow a body - what the genes don't need to do. A bit too biased at times but brings good data to the table. Heaviness rating - 2"
The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language
"An elegant thinker who is more organic (in his causality) than most evolutionary theorists. Heaviness rating - 2"
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