While at Berkeley, he was a member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group , founded in May by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann, which met weekly to discuss philosophy and quantum physics. Santa Cruz, U. Berkeley , and San Francisco State University. The Tao of Physics asserts that both physics and metaphysics lead inexorably to the same knowledge. After touring Germany in the early s, Capra co-wrote Green Politics with ecofeminist author Charlene Spretnak in He is fluent in German, English, French and Italian.
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Aug 12, Justin rated it it was amazing Like the current era, the United States of the mids and early 80s were tinged with a new batch of thinkers making strong cases for the reorganization of society. 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 approach as we have 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 a 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 is cast out of the realm of scientific discourse. 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. The incorporation of altered states of consciousness into mainstream psychological studies could yield insights into our human predicament.
The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture
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