The Turning Point by Fritjof Capra Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn The Technological. 1. Turning Point: A Science of Living Systems by Fritjof Capra, Ph.D. In the first three decades of the 20th century, atomic and subatomic physics led to a dramatic. Fritjof Capra encourages his readers, whenever possible, to order his books through Starts from the conceptual framework presented in The Turning Point, .

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. While physicists were busy revolutionizing our outlook on the fundamentals of the universe, the mechanistic paradigm of the past had already taken hold on the methods of every other field.

Our biologists had taken a mechanistic view of life. From a biology textbook quoted by Capra, “One of the acid tests of understanding an object is the ability to put it together from its While physicists were busy revolutionizing our outlook on the fundamentals of the universe, the mechanistic paradigm pount the past had already taken hold on the methods of every other fritjor. From a biology textbook quoted by Capra, “One of tjrning acid tests of understanding an object is the ability to put it together from its component parts.

We’ve now realized that the mapping of the human genome has yielded many beautiful computer models but little else. The biomedical turniing which concentrates on the mechanisms of smaller and smaller fragments of the body has yielded an approach that views disease as, “the malfunctioning of biological organisms which are studied from the point of view of cellular and molecular biology; the doctor’s role is to intervene, either physically or chemically, to correct the malfunctioning of a specific mechanism.

Paperback fritjo, pages. Published August 1st by Bantam first published March 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To hurning other readers questions about The Turning Pointplease sign up. Reading and summarising the book is an academic course in my MBA, and honestly am facing a problem in reading it! I don’t know how to start, how to divide it and how to be interested during reading it and I really wish to touch the same feeling that you ” the readers” felt about!

The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture

I have even tried to watch the MindWalk movie but it also seems to be boring for me: Baida’ having the same issue may be we can help each other? See 2 questions about The Turning Point….

Lists with This Book. Aug 04, Owlseyes rated it really liked it Shelves: After a time of decay comes the turning point.

The Turning Point Science, Society, and the Rising Culture /Fritjof Capra. –. —

The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought fritjoff by force The movement is natural, arising spontaneously.

For this reason the transformation of the old becomes easy. The old is discarded and the new is introduced. Both measures accord with the time; therefore no harm results. I have not read the book, but I h After a time of decay comes the turning point. I have not read the book, but I tudning watched the movie. Before turniing into the movie, some notes on the author of The Tao of Physics.

In an interview he gave, Fritjof Capra director of the Center of Ecoliteracy clarified his thought: His approach is typically holistic versus the Cartesian view.

Tom, the middle figure The movie is about dialogue, mainly; is about divulging the message, a new view of life. I would say the Messenger has been chosen on purpose to be a woman, in this case, the actress Liv Ullmann.


Two very different American brothers, middle aged, are the introducers of the plot. They turnnig over the phone. Jack, a politician, in Washington. Tom, a poet, a theater lover ,now in France. They walk and they talk. Until they come across pojnt lady, a physicist, on a sabbatical leave. So the trio walks and talks now. And this is the core of the movie: Think of processes instead poiht structures. Descartes had this dream of a world as a perfect machine; well, the world is a living organism.

Their talk is almost unending, sometimes even boring: Sonia always pressing for a new approach to these problems: On matterfor example, she explains to the brothers: Turnin a subatomic level there are no solid objects.

Sometimes over the dialogue, Tom, the poet, gets a little bit away from Jack and Sonia; but the poet is perceptive and even asks her: They walk over the ffritjof. The politician seems a little bit convinced of this new view and invites Sonia to join him in his campaign team.

Well, pkint is approaching. The tide is up. Sonia, the natural scientist, now gives a hug to her daughter. Maybe, the poet’s way is the right one. View all 5 comments. Aug 01, Andy rated it it was amazing Shelves: It thoroughly explained the roots of the problems of the society, which are getting worse and worse unless we become aware of what is happening and what is causing them. It guides me into understanding what holistic vision is all about.

It really poijt what I am learning at the moment: Sep 04, Dottie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Saw the film MINDWALK — — not once but three times in three weeks; hunted desultorily for the book for nearly 6 years and finally read it — that took me a full year and half a dozen 5X7 legal pads of notes — but it was worth it.

Aug 12, Justin rated it it was amazing. Interestingly, this period corresponds to the time when the United States peaked in domestic oil production. Now that the economic illusion of the last three decades has started to fade, The Turning Point was an eerie read. Ignoring the reality of relativity, quantum mechanics, chaos theory, biology and modern science has crippled society from the truth of the natural world.

In providing an all encompassing critique of society, Capra does not seek to denigrate the colleagues in other fields but merely to offer a well reasoned and referenced approach to modernizing the way we choose to organize our species.

Starting by providing the background of why we need to change, essentially the problem statement, Capra states the crises of society and defines the importance of the Chinese concept of wu wei, the idea that we must refrain from action contrary to nature. Let everything be allowed to do what it naturally does, so that its nature will be satisfied.

To transcend the classical models, scientists will have to go beyond the mechanistic and reductionist frigjof as we ccapra done in physics, and develop holistic and ecological views. Although their theories will need to be consistent with those of modern physics, the concepts of physics will generally not be appropriate as a model for the other sciences… Scientists will not need to be reluctant to adopt czpra holistic framework for fear of being unscientific. Modern physics can show them that such a framework is not only scientific but is in agreement with the most advanced scientific theories of physical reality.

The history of our materialistic success and the limits to our knowledge of the world is retraced through Copernicus, Descartes, Bacon and Newton. This approach has led to a world where, in the words of R.

Experience as such fapra cast out of the realm of scientific discourse. The incorporation caprq altered states of consciousness into mainstream fritjf studies could yield insights into our human predicament. Key to this chapter is the point ffitjof the advantages won by the worker frritjof the modern world is generally to the detriment of workers and citizens in the developing world… the great sleight of hand trick made possible by technology and economy.


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The automation of daily life through complex technologies reduces employment and centers on a capital based approach which is highly inflationary, an economic reality that can be seen by looking at charts of US Dollar inflation over the last hundred years.

This section is the most important pount the entire book and highly relevant to our current situation. Capra then follows these critiques with answers for each field through a systems view of life that incorporates feedbacks and recognition of evolution through cooperation. A health model that acknowledges holistic principles and a psychology grown from Jung can provide a basis for this new society.

Tackling energy, Capra explains the physics and the economics behind our immediate need for a solar economy. If you are disheartened by the problems of overpopulation, energy crises, etc… the list can go on forever do yourself a favor and read the solutions Capra advocates in The Turning Point.

Sep 19, Venky rated it liked it Shelves: The effect of tutning and focused reductionist approach, Capra argues, would only result in a world that is restless, impoverished, polluted and disillusioned. Capra’s proposed solution to the problem of reductionism is to adopt a “Systems” view of the world. According to the Systems or the Systemic view envisaged by Capra, the ideal way for making the world better would be to view various processes from a holistic poknt considering the fact that the entire world is nothing but an agglomeration and synthesis of interactions, integrations and inter connectedness.

This symbiotic approach can be seamlessly adopted to all social as well as hard sciences such as Economics, Physics, Medicine and other mercantile activities.

For example a recognition that the field of Economics has an inextricable linkage with the Ecology within the contours of which the dismal science operates would facilitate a holistic approach towards embellishing the economic progress and removing the various disparities currently permeating the global economy such as income inequality and wealth dispersal.

Similarly when it comes to the domain of medicine, accepting that there is an invaluable linkage between the modern biomedical methods and the poinr approaches to healing such as Eastern medicine, mysticism and shamanism would enable the practitioners to treat their patients in a more humane and rational fashion rather than reducing patients to disabilities and concentrating on a particular part of the affected anatomy instead of viewing the sufferer as a whole.

This is where according to Capra, a willful and voluntary synthesis between physiology, psychology and psychiatry and psychotherapy would play a vital and indispensable role revolutionising the field of medicine itself.

While physicians will move out of the mindset that treatment of the body alone is their sole prerogative, psychiatrists and psychologists will also capfa a paradigm mental shift whereby they would devote more attention to the human body.

Thus the Descartes notion of mind-body duality would be rend asunder. Pursuing the Systems Approach would lead to a cascading flow of benefit such as alleviating poverty, reducing the stockpiling of nuclear weapons, lower reliance on nuclear fission and the consequent production of dangerous elements such as Plutonium, and obliterating the economic chasms separating countries in the world turningg.

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