The Systems
View of Life Fritjof Capra


“The whole is more then it’s parts”

00:08:22 Summary of the most important insights of the theory beginning with networks.

00:09:31 Self generating and healing properties of “living networks”

00:11:31 The concept applied to mind and matter (overcoming the cartesian worldview)

00:13:50 The central insight of the Santiago’s theory of cognition

00:18:10 The distinction between consciousness and cognition in the Santiago theory

00:19:48 Evolution in the light of Systems Theory

00:26:42 Applying system’s theory to the social domain

00:29:00 Sustaining the web of life

00:32:07 The challenge of growth and the economy

Fritjof Capra

Fritjof Capra (born February 1, 1939) is an Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist and deep ecologist.
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Systems theory

Systems theory is the interdisciplinary study of systems. A system is a cohesive conglomeration of interrelated and interdependent parts that is either natural or man-made.
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The term autopoiesis (from Greek, Modern αὐτo- (auto-), meaning 'self', and ποίησις (poiesis), meaning 'creation, production') refers to a system capable of reproducing and maintaining itself.
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Mind–body dualism

Mind–body dualism, or mind–body duality, is a view in the philosophy of mind that mental phenomena are, in some respects, non-physical, or that the mind and body are distinct and separable.
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Santiago's theory of cognition

Initiated by Humberto Maturana in 1978 with the publication of his Biology of Cognition, his subsequent work in partnership with Francisco Varela in Santiago, Chile, eventually came to be called the Santiago theory of cognition.
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