February 26, 2017

Systems theory

Science’s superstitions

Jacques Monod, French biologist, (1910–1976), Nobel Laureate

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The cult of randomness and the taboo on teleology This article is an extended version of a combination of three chapters, 5, 26, and 27, of The Way: An ecological world view by Edward Goldsmith. It was first published in this form in The Ecologist Vol. 27 No. 5, 1997, under the title “Scientific Superstitions”. […]

Evolution, neo-Darwinism and the paradigm of science

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Neo-Darwinism does not provide a satisfactory explanation for evolution and however resilient it may prove to criticism, it must eventually give way to a more realistic theory. This can only occur if we abandon the reductionistic and mechanistic ‘paradigm of science’, which neo-Darwinism so faithfully reflects. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 20 No. 2, March–April […]

The Way – an overview (Ecologist)

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This was the final outline of what would become Edward Goldsmith’s great work The Way: An Ecological Worldview (first published in 1992). Many of the key principles of ecological thinking which it discusses had already been published by Goldsmith in several different forms previously (see Related Articles on the right below). Published in The Ecologist […]

Society as a natural system

The Stable Society - front cover

Chapter 1 of The Stable Society: its structure and control: Towards a Social Cybernetics, Wadebridge Ecological Centre, UK, 1978 « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » Governments throughout the World are failing dismally to solve the problems that confront them, and to control the societies that have elected them to office. There are many reasons: […]

Science and social control

The Stable Society - front cover

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Chapter 4 of The Stable Society: its structure and control: Towards a Social Cybernetics, Wadebridge Ecological Centre, UK, 1978 « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » We live in an Age of Faith, not in God but in science. If most of us are still capable of facing the mounting problems of the world today […]

The directivity of cultural behaviour

The Stable Society - front cover

Appendix 3 of The Stable Society: its structure and control: Towards a Social Cybernetics, Wadebridge Ecological Centre, UK, 1978. Originally published in The Ecologist Vol. 3 No. 6, 1973, as part of the Towards a Unified Science series. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » Cultures do not develop at random but in an orderly […]

Learning

The Stable Society - front cover

Appendix 7 of The Stable Society: its structure and control: Towards a Social Cybernetics, Wadebridge Ecological Centre, UK, 1978 « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » In line with empiricist theory, the tendency has been to explain behaviour in terms of the influence of the environment, i.e. as responses dictated by external stimuli, and there […]

Cultural convergence

The Stable Society - front cover

Appendix 4 of The Stable Society: its structure and control: Towards a Social Cybernetics, Wadebridge Ecological Centre, UK, 1978. « previous chapter · contents · next chapter » The early ethnographers were mainly struck by exotic cultural divergences. Slowly, with the development of scientific method, the accent has shifted to the study of the much more impressive […]

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