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Nature's Due: Healing Our Fragmented Culture Paperback – May 1 2007

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (May 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863155960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863155963
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 15.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #891,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nature and Culture have more in common than we think Aug. 11 2009
By Erland.Lagerroth - Published on
Format: Paperback
The title of Brian Goodwin's almost sensational book Nature's Due. Healing Our Fragmented Culture from 2007 is a pun: It means both Nature is due and Nature's due (our debt to Nature). Goodwin demonstrates that nature and culture have more in common than we think. In the same way as a reader interprets a written text, organisms create meaning of their genetic texts "by expressing them in a form (morphology and behaviour) appropriate to their habitat and their history" (99). Nature and culture "are understood to be one continous and unified creative process, not two domains that are distinguished by unique human attributes." (12) The concept of meaning belongs also to nature, in a "biological hermeneutics". The great enigma is "who" creates, and Goodwin emphasizes that it is not a "builder" in the form of a separate entity in a cell (105 f) but instead the process itself on the basis of a "morphogenetic field" in the form of "the pattern of relationships that exist in a developing organism at different levels of organization" (127). In this way the enigma of self-organization seems to be solved: at every level there is a "head" for the organization, from the beginning the fertilized egg, and then different combinations of cells, that this gives rise to. At the same time as there in the universe seems to be a creative power that forces it all. - Goodwin was the head of a oneyear-course in Holistic Science for MSc at Schumacher College in Devon in England. Tragically he died on July 15th 2009, 78 years old.
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An easy read but full of complex and important ideas March 12 2010
By J. Sheppard - Published on
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Brian Goodwin presents a synopsis of many of his ideas and those developed by others that have contributed to the application of the mathematical theories of complexity and chaos to living systems. It is a very readable account from a renowned scientist, who unfortunately passed away in 2009. Although sometimes criticized for mixing science with sociology and moral views, Goodwin is very clear in his praise for the scientific method and its success at solving many of the ills and problems that have faced mankind. On the other hand he convincingly points out the limitations of the current scientific approach and proposes that we are on the cusp of developing a new paradigm that shifts our world-view from that of a mechanical system of cause and effect to a view that life is full of meaning and is better studied and understood as a relationship between a living process and its environment. This is a thought-provoking book and a must read for all those interested in the philosophy of science.