Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 11, No 2 (2015)

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The Systems View of Life A Unifying Conception of Mind, Matter, and Life

Fritjof Capra


Over the last thirty years, a new systemic understanding of life has emerged at the forefront of science. It integrates four dimensions of life: the biological, the cognitive, the social, and the ecological dimension. At the core of this new understanding we find a fundamental change of metaphors: from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it as a network. One of the most radical philosophical implications of the systems view of life is a new conception of mind and consciousness which, for the first time, overcomes the Cartesian division between mind and matter.

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