[permaculture] Reviving the Living: meaning making in living systems

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lflj at intrex.net
Tue Jan 29 18:14:30 EST 2008


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Subject: [SANET-MG] Reviving the Living: meaning making in living systems
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:49:30 -0500
From: Joel Gruver <jgruv at HOTMAIL.COM>
To: SANET-MG at LISTS.IFAS.UFL.EDU

Hello folks,

I just ran across a soon to be published book that may be of interest... are any of you familiar with the author ?

Joel


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Reviving the Living
Meaning Making in Living Systems

Yair Neuman

ISBN:
978-0-444-53033-2

ISBN10:
0-444-53033-9

Pub date:
May 13, 2008

Pages: 320

Modern biology portrays living systems, from the amoeba to the human organism, as mechanical toys shaped by the brute 
logic of natural selection. In "Reviving the Living": Meaning Making in Living Systems, Dr. Yair Neuman challenges the 
dogmas that frame our understanding of living systems and presents an alternative that avoids the pitfalls of 
non-scientific perspectives such as Vitalism and Creationism.

In this thought provoking and iconoclastic manuscript, Dr. Neuman follows the footsteps of Gregory Bateson, Mikhail 
Bakhtin, Michael Polanyi and others, to suggest that living systems are "meaning making" systems.
Dr. Neuman delves into the unique processes of meaning making that characterize organisms as a unique category of 
nature, and presents new and fascinating insights into a variety of enigmatic biological
phenomena from immune memory to hidden life (cryptobiosis).

Written by a polymath, Reviving the Living is a tour-de-force in interdisciplinary research which is of high interest to 
any reflective individual who is willing to examine the realm of the living from a novel and fascinating perspective.

Contents

PART 1. HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? REDUCTIONISM AND ITS LIMITATIONS
Ch. 1: What is Reductionism?
Ch. 2: Who is Reading the Book of Life?
Ch. 3: Genetics: From Grammar to Meaning Making
Ch. 4: A Point for Thought: Why are Organisms Irreducible?
Ch. 5: A Point for Thought: Does the Genetic System Include a Meta-Language?
Ch. 6: Immunology: From Soldiers to Housewives?
Ch. 7: A Point for Thought: Immune Specificity and Brancusi's Kiss
Ch. 8: A Point for Thought: Reflections on the Immune Self

PART 2. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS STORY?
Ch. 9: Meaning Making in Language and Biology
Ch. 10: God's Sacred Words
Ch. 11: It Means Nothing
Ch. 12: A Point for Thought: Meaning-Bridging the Gap Between Physics and Semantics
Ch. 13: The Rest is Silence

PART 3. ON THE WILD SIDE: FOUR LESSONS
Ch. 14: The Polysemy of the Sign: A Quantum Lesson
Ch. 15: Recursive-Hierarchy: A Lesson From the Tardigrade
Ch. 16: Context and Memory: A Lesson From Funes the Memorious
Ch. 17: Transgradience: A Lesson from Bakhtin

PART 4. FROM MECHANICS TO POIESIS
Ch. 18: The Poetry of Living

Joel Gruver
Dept of Agriculture
Western Illinois University
jgruv at hotmail.com






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