The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture Hardcover – 1 Mar 1982
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About the Author
Fritjof Capra is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and serves on the faculty of Schumacher College (UK). He is a physicist and systems theorist, and has been engaged in a systematic examination of the philosophical and social implications of contemporary science for the past 35 years. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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My experience was that I read his other book "Uncommon Wisdom" first, which was in large part about Capra's experiences leading up to the writing of The Turning Point with the people and minds that inspired and enlightened him. Reading that first made all of The Turning Point flow even smoother. But Uncommon Wisdom is getting hard to find, so don't quibble. Read Turning Point no matter what! It is still 100% relevant to today and comes from a man who has been at the forefront of cutting edge thinking since the 1960s.
This book is filled with Capra's take on insights obtained over the years from people like Werner Heisenberg, E.F. Schumacher, J. Krishnamurti, Hazel Henderson, Gregory Bateson, Pitirim Sorokin, Stanislav Grof, Margaret Locke, R.D. Laing, David Bohm, Adrienne Rich, Lyn Margulis, and many others. With The Turning Point, you're getting into the thoughts of a whole lot of brilliant thinkers, both male and female, that Capra has known personally or studied thoroughly.
All of Capra's books are fascinating. Check out "The Web of Life" which is another 5 star book in my opinion.
Capra believes this methodology, however effective in understanding the mechanical aspects of the world we live in fails to appreciate the interconnectedness of all phenomena.
Capra is of course a trained physicist, and this book follows on from 'The Tao of Physics' with Capra's understanding of modern physics leading him to believe that mind exists in all things, and that in a sense all things are mind. He goes on to analyses a series of disciplines and to argue that we have got into trouble in medecine, economics and science by failing to adopt a genuinely holistic approach, and pointing out that traditional 'pre-scientific' approaches of traditional 'third-world' societies are in some ways more sophisticated and effective.
Along the way some very good overviews of the development of thought in philosophy, psychology and economics may be of considerable benefit for the lay reader.
As I say, now in one way outdated, but in another way all the more relevant as this discussion arguably needs to be held now more than ever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Environmentally we will reach the Turning Point soon, that is, if we haven't already. This book is all the reasons why we need to change course now. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2007 by j green
How arrogant and presumtious to write a review of a book you have not read. To others looking here please scrool down to the other reviews which I agree with wholeheartedly.Published on 13 May 1999
I read this book after seeing the movie "MindWalk". That movie was so fascinating that I had to read the book that this movie is based on. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 1999
The Reductionist model of the world holds sway today with incredible tenacity and effect. Capra's tracing of it's history, implications and role in present society is... Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 1999