Gregory Bateson intended his posthumous book Angels Fear as an approach to the scientific explanation of natural phenomena in the living world based on. Angels Fear is Gregory Bateson’s well-founded fear for a culture, our culture, that may destroy itself by its very success. The book goes much deeper than the. Angels Fear Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred. Gregory Bateson Letter To The Editor Connecting Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson’s Angels Fear.

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Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred Author s: The account of recursion in Angels Fear follows this pattern of combining continuities and discontinuity. A Conception of the Philosophy of Religion. Karl rated it really liked it May 11, Understanding Bateson and Maturana: I have already mentioned that the debates on Bateson versus Maturana, epistemology versus ontology, created contortions in an argument that should have been much more enlivening, namely in what ways is a feear system interpretative and to what extent is an interpretative system structure- determined.

Gregory Bateson, Angels Fear Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred – PhilPapers

My book has become a notebook. Biology, like any self-recursive communication system must become aware of disruption its own relations.

On the other side, lies self-destructive confusion about differences in observer and participant perspectives. Biology still held to a tradition of natural history until the 19 th century but in the 20 th century began to privilege investigation of organic material, bio-energetics and biomass, leaving the study of biological form as a relative backwater of the discipline Biological science had to become aware of the consequences of the break in natural harmony greglry this decision about its practices brought about.


Jeremy rated it really liked it Aug 26, An ecological epistemology, with its congruent ecological aesthetics must be much more critical in its examination of unity. Much depended on how molecular biologists who seemed to take over the direction of biological investigation in the wake of the Watson-Crick-Wilkins discovery felt about this accomplishment.

There can be no longer any reports of environment acting upon organism to induce change, only reports of the structural dynamics of the living system, and of the domain in which living systems act as totality.

Angels fear : towards an epistemology of the sacred

Bateson contemplated ways in which a new science might take as its subject the way in which wholes and parts relate to each other. The rules of Logical Typing essentially deny circularity at the point of re-entry in a recursive system.

Bateson supplies his own analysis of Greek drama to underline the inevitable destiny of those caught up in acts of hubris and their tempting of Fate Physics had produced a technology that could destroy humanity and was either unwilling or unable to place moratorium on further research.

The World of Mental Process. These are their respective data.

This leads them directly to Bateson and his definition of information as sensing mechanism, that is as differences which make a difference to a living system and its members or parts, wherever there baeson a capacity to make an interpretation.

Greglry least one group of biologists, the biosemiotic group centred in Copenhagen, have taken up this proposal. Signs of Meaning in the Universe. The recursiveness that Maturana and Varela investigated is immanent in all biological phenomena – message material, injunctions and formal patterns are already there, for this is what it is to be internally organized and alive.

batson For example, the embryo must know the order of steps for its epigenesis, within the algorithm of its development. Both sets of information are different from the notion of DNA as a series of computational instructions that can be accessed through the mathematics of computational analysis.

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It has ‘hit the nail on the head’ about so many thoughts and considerations I have had over the years. Rgegory and try again. This entry has no external links.

Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred by Gregory Bateson

PROCESS ONE Investigation of social and biological systems is not equivalent to investigation of physical systems, Bateson states, for all social and biological science is participant investigationunlike the observer-oriented science of physical systems. All Area 1 1: Investigation of social and biological systems is not equivalent to investigation of physical systems, Fead states, for all social and biological science is participant investigationunlike the observer-oriented science of physical systems.

Somehow the one had to be reconciled with the other. For reasons that lie deep in the epistemology of dualism in the west, the chances of biological findings becoming a source of explanatory value and application in social systems is ffear greater than the reverse, cases where psycho-social findings become expanded to biology and ecology.

Bregory is why, unlike the physical world, both error and pathology are possible: Wherever we begin to have intimate appreciation of form, shape, pattern in nature, there we should also affirm aesthetic notions of how parts fit in relation to wholes.