At Home in the Universe

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At Home in the Universe

At Home in the Universe

The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity

  • Author: Stuart Kauffman
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019976185X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 336
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A major scientific revolution has begun, a new paradigm that rivals Darwin's theory in importance. At its heart is the discovery of the order that lies deep within the most complex of systems, from the origin of life, to the workings of giant corporations, to the rise and fall of great civilizations. And more than anyone else, this revolution is the work of one man, Stuart Kauffman, a MacArthur Fellow and visionary pioneer of the new science of complexity. Now, in At Home in the Universe, Kauffman brilliantly weaves together the excitement of intellectual discovery and a fertile mix of insights to give the general reader a fascinating look at this new science--and at the forces for order that lie at the edge of chaos. We all know of instances of spontaneous order in nature--an oil droplet in water forms a sphere, snowflakes have a six-fold symmetry. What we are only now discovering, Kauffman says, is that the range of spontaneous order is enormously greater than we had supposed. Indeed, self-organization is a great undiscovered principle of nature. But how does this spontaneous order arise? Kauffman contends that complexity itself triggers self-organization, or what he calls "order for free," that if enough different molecules pass a certain threshold of complexity, they begin to self-organize into a new entity--a living cell. Kauffman uses the analogy of a thousand buttons on a rug--join two buttons randomly with thread, then another two, and so on. At first, you have isolated pairs; later, small clusters; but suddenly at around the 500th repetition, a remarkable transformation occurs--much like the phase transition when water abruptly turns to ice--and the buttons link up in one giant network. Likewise, life may have originated when the mix of different molecules in the primordial soup passed a certain level of complexity and self-organized into living entities (if so, then life is not a highly improbable chance event, but almost inevitable). Kauffman uses the basic insight of "order for free" to illuminate a staggering range of phenomena. We see how a single-celled embryo can grow to a highly complex organism with over two hundred different cell types. We learn how the science of complexity extends Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection: that self-organization, selection, and chance are the engines of the biosphere. And we gain insights into biotechnology, the stunning magic of the new frontier of genetic engineering--generating trillions of novel molecules to find new drugs, vaccines, enzymes, biosensors, and more. Indeed, Kauffman shows that ecosystems, economic systems, and even cultural systems may all evolve according to similar general laws, that tissues and terra cotta evolve in similar ways. And finally, there is a profoundly spiritual element to Kauffman's thought. If, as he argues, life were bound to arise, not as an incalculably improbable accident, but as an expected fulfillment of the natural order, then we truly are at home in the universe. Kauffman's earlier volume, The Origins of Order, written for specialists, received lavish praise. Stephen Jay Gould called it "a landmark and a classic." And Nobel Laureate Philip Anderson wrote that "there are few people in this world who ever ask the right questions of science, and they are the ones who affect its future most profoundly. Stuart Kauffman is one of these." In At Home in the Universe, this visionary thinker takes you along as he explores new insights into the nature of life.

At Home in the Universe

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At Home in the Universe

At Home in the Universe

Exploring Our Suprasensory Nature : Five Talks at The Hague, November 13-18, 1923

  • Author: Rudolf Steiner
  • Publisher: SteinerBooks
  • ISBN: 9780880104739
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 141
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5 lectures at The Hague, November 13-18, 1923 (CW 231) What is our relationship to the planets we see in the night sky? Does the cosmos have any affect on our individual lives? Modern science tells us that we are an insignificant accident in a vast, indifferent universe. Rudolf Steiner maintains that we are intimately enmeshed with the whole cosmos, right down to the very structure of our physical bodies. In these talks, Steiner explores our relationship as individuals to the spiritual cosmos--where we will all become cosmonauts one day. The key to being at home in the universe is to comprehend the significance of our individual, physical lives on Earth and what happens when we leave our physical bodies behind. Steiner describes his view of our journey after death and our subsequent return to Earth and a new life. He describes the "planetary" spheres through which we pass and how they affect our future life. He shows us how our character and actions on Earth affects us after we die, and how those experiences in turn shape our next physical life. This is not just more information to add to our already overloaded store of abstract concepts; Steiner gives imaginative exercises that help us explore our suprasensory, spiritual nature. We can begin right now to act more consciously by recognizing the concrete nature of morality and the real consequences of our present lives. The introduction and comprehensive afterword by Paul Mar-gulies explain and contextualize Steiner's text, revealing a message that is more vital and relevant than ever in our frenzied, materialistic times. This book can help us experience more meaning in life and become more at home as spiritual citizens of the universe. Read Bobby Matherne's review of this book Contents: Introduction by Paul Margulies Lecture 1. "A Speck of Dust?" Lecture 2. "Interweaving Our Destinies" Lecture 3. "Through the Spheres" Lecture 4. "Through Midnight to Birth" Lecture 5. "Earth and the Mystery of Karma" Afterword by Paul Margulies German title: « Der übersinnliche Mensch, anthroposophisch erfaßt. » An earlier English edition was titled Supersensible Man. This edition was thoroughly revised.

At home in the universe

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At home in the universe

At home in the universe

  • Author: John Archibald Wheeler
  • Publisher: Amer Inst of Physics
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 371
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Colleague and confidant of Einstein and Bohr and pioneer of nuclear fission, John A. Wheeler is one of our most original and profound thinkers. In engaging essays formed of reminiscence, science, and conjecture. Wheeler writes of debates and discussions with Bohr, long talks with Einstein in his study at Princeton, and the eloquence and nobility of Hermann Weyl. With simple delight in "the machinery of existence". Wheeler exudes an enthusiasm that illuminates this collection.

Being at Home in the Universe

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Being at Home in the Universe

Being at Home in the Universe

Building an Internal Space

  • Author: Richard Bellingham
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 1475980361
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 104
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T. S. Elliot wrote: “At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh not fleshless; Neither from not towards; at the still point , there the dance is, Except for the point, the still point. There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” This book talks about the still point in an entirely new way by framing it as our internal home. It also provides a path to “coming home” based on extensive research and personal experience. If you are interested in the dance of spiritual transformation, this is a must read. –Barry Cohen, Ph.D. Dr. Bellingham enlightens the reader by sharing his personal life experiences in an extraordinarily meaningful context. He bridges the divide between eastern and western thought to form one fully human message. He has the rare ability to satisfy and integrate our intellectual curiosity with our search for spiritual fulfillment. –Bill O’Brien, Ph.D. Having known the author for over 40 years, and witnessing many aspects of his spiritual journey, I highly recommend this book for anyone who continues to strive to find his inner self, or to be HOME. My own quest for SERENITY has been enriched by reading this book, and by witnessing Dr. Bellingham’s life-long desire to find inner peace. We can indeed “transform our lives from a mindless drill to a mindful dance” with enough work, desire and by digesting the thoughts expressed in this wonderful accounting of the author’s life and experiences. –Ronald Irwin M.D. This is coming-to-wisdom story with hope for us all. This tale is all personal, with regular bits of carefully crafted ways to grasp the most elusive thoughts of the world’s greatest teachers and soul guides. Read it. Smile at the disarming honesty. And be heartened. For he’s showing how wisdom can flourish more widely than ever in America. -Artie Egendorf, Ph. D. Author of “Healing from the War” and originator of Super Integral Synergy (http://sismoves.com) By openly and honestly illuminating his experience and journey over 40 years, Dr. Bellingham shines a bright light on our own unique paths. He knows the territory with all its hills and valleys. With this book we, who are researchers, can be assured we are home already. To me, being fully present with a deep sense of love for all things is the key message. We are not separate. –Mary Alice Fox

The Human Agenda

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The Human Agenda

The Human Agenda

How to be at Home in the Universe-without Magic

  • Author: Roderic Gorney
  • Publisher: Sorrento Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 698
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One Universe:

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One Universe:

One Universe:

At Home in the Cosmos

  • Author: Charles Tsun-Chu Liu,Neil de Grasse Tyson,Robert Irion
  • Publisher: Joseph Henry Press
  • ISBN: 0309064880
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 224
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A new window opens onto the cosmos... Almost every day we are challenged by new information from the outermost reaches of space. Using straightforward language, One Universe explores the physical principles that govern the workings of our own world so that we can appreciate how they operate in the cosmos around us. Bands of color in a sunlit crystal and the spectrum of starlight in giant telescopes, the arc of a hard-hit baseball and the orbit of the moon, traffic patterns on a freeway and the spiral arms in a galaxy full of stars--they're all tied together in grand and simple ways. We can understand the vast cosmos in which we live by exploring three basic concepts: motion, matter, and energy. With these as a starting point, One Universe shows how the physical principles that operate in our kitchens and backyards are actually down-to-Earth versions of cosmic processes. The book then takes us to the limits of our knowledge, asking the ultimate questions about the origins and existence of life as we know it and where the universe came from--and where it is going. Glorious photographs--many seen for the first time in these pages--and original illustrations expand and enrich our understanding. Evocative and clearly written, One Universe explains complex ideas in ways that every reader can grasp and enjoy. This book captures the grandeur of the heavens while making us feel at home in the cosmos. Above all, it helps us realize that galaxies, stars, planets, and we ourselves all belong to One Universe.

At Home in the World

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At Home in the World

At Home in the World

Human Nature, Ecological Thought, and Education after Darwin

  • Author: Eilon Schwartz
  • Publisher: SUNY Press
  • ISBN: 1438426429
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 229
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Explores how Darwin’s theory of human nature can inform educational philosophy.

Complexity

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Complexity

Complexity

Life at the Edge of Chaos

  • Author: Roger Lewin
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226476551
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 234
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Examines the field of complexity science, with sections focusing on how the discipline works within computer simulations, natural ecosystems, and various social systems.

At Home in the Street

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At Home in the Street

At Home in the Street

Street Children of Northeast Brazil

  • Author: Tobias Hecht
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521598699
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 267
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This book lays bare the received truths about the lives of Brazilian street children.

At Home in the Land of Oz

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At Home in the Land of Oz

At Home in the Land of Oz

Autism, My Sister, and Me

  • Author: Anne Clinard Barnhill
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • ISBN: 1843108593
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 223
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Anne's sister Becky was born in 1958, before most people had even heard of autism. Diagnosed with "emotional disturbance," Becky was subjected to well-meaning but futile efforts at "rehabilitation" or "cure," as well as prolonged spells in institutions. This bittersweet memoir will resonate with everyone interested in autism spectrum conditions.