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Erich Jantsch 8 January — 12 December was an Austrian-born American astrophysicist , engineer, educator, author, [1] consultant and futurist, especially known for his work in the social systems design movement in Europe in the s. Born in Vienna in , Jantsch studied physics at the University of Vienna, where he obtained his doctorate in astrophysics in Subsequently he did a post-doctorate study at the Indiana University Bloomington another year. Jantsch had started his career as an astronomer at the University of Vienna, where he worked until In the mid s he emigrated to the United States, but did not receive his green card until

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Return to Book Page. The evolution of the universe - ranging from cosmic and biological to sociocultural evolution - is viewed in terms of the unifying paradigm of self-organization.

The contours of this paradigm emerge from the synthesis of a number of important, recently developed concepts, and provide a scientific foundation to a new world-view which emphasizes process over structure, noneq The evolution of the universe - ranging from cosmic and biological to sociocultural evolution - is viewed in terms of the unifying paradigm of self-organization.

The contours of this paradigm emerge from the synthesis of a number of important, recently developed concepts, and provide a scientific foundation to a new world-view which emphasizes process over structure, nonequilibrium over equilibrium, evolution over permanency, and individual creativity over collective stabilization. The book, with its emphasis on the interaction of microstructures with the entire biosphere, ecosystems etc.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Self-Organizing Universe. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 19, Scott rated it it was amazing. I've only just finished the introduction, and already I'm aware that this book was a couple of decades ahead of its time. Just one example: Jantsch in already recognized that it was epigenetics, not genetics alone, that makes the difference for organisms.

We rightly celebrated the triumph of the Human Genome Mapping project, but quickly realized that few of the hoped-for breakthroughs would result from simply knowing the entire genome.

Genes alone don't determine outcome. Rather it is epigen I've only just finished the introduction, and already I'm aware that this book was a couple of decades ahead of its time. Rather it is epigenetics, the interaction of the genetic code and the environmental circumstances of the individual organism.

Popular science journalism recognized this with the Time's cover story on Epigenetics in Jan. Each vertical, genetic development is being "processed" in a dense web of horizontal processes.

This leads to a futher enrichment of genetic evolution by epigenetic dimensions. Finally, epigenetic development overtakes genetic development in importance as well as in speed. I guess people couldn't understand Jantsch. So it's a dense book, certainly, but is quite breathtaking in its scope. It seems, too, that "The Self-Organizing Universe" was also an early pre-cursor of the "Big History" movement which seeks to take a "Big" look at world history, starting from the Big Bang, moving through evolution, and on to a global perspective on the emergence of civilizations.

Can't wait to keep plowing into this book. View 2 comments. May 15, Blaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: cognitive-science , general-science , complex-systems , evolution , natural-science , all-time-favorites.

This is one of the most profound books I've ever read. It's a sweeping scientific view of evolution chalk full of fascinating insights based on an application of non-equilibrium thermodynamic research in the dynamic self-organization of physical, chemical, biological, and social systems.

Referencing Nobel Prize winning chemist Ilya Prigogine and his work in dissipative structures, order through fluctuation, and process structures, Jantsch walks through the evolution of evolution, the unfolding o This is one of the most profound books I've ever read. Referencing Nobel Prize winning chemist Ilya Prigogine and his work in dissipative structures, order through fluctuation, and process structures, Jantsch walks through the evolution of evolution, the unfolding of the various stages of symmetry breaks in the evolution of complexity in the universe.

This is no easy read but the view it presents is one that continues to unfold in the continuing research in complex systems theory, nonlinear dynamics, self-adaptive systems, and a host of related inquiries including the embodied systems approach in cognitive science. View all 9 comments. Aug 10, Yannick rated it it was amazing. I can only re-emphasize what previous reviews always point out. This guy was literally decades ahead of his time. My favorite example, the gist of the book is literally about describing dissipative self-organizing structures as the foundation of life and the further evolution of complexity Jan 28, Franck Chauvel rated it really liked it Shelves: self-adaptive-systems , science.

As its title says, this about self-organization. Jantsch starts with self-organization "in-the-small", at the level of chemical reactions, and extracts some principles that characterize self-organization. He then looks at self-organization "in-the-large", at the cosmos and planet level, and at eventually the biological level and at the human level and society-level. The overall idea is that these many levels co-evolve and that this multilevel evolution leads to mankind, society and beyond.

I f As its title says, this about self-organization. I found the text difficult to read, with few examples and a lot of Latin and other non-English words whose meaning remained elusive: I haven't understood the idea of time and space bindings for instance.

While I found the first two first parts of the book really interesting, I felt less convinced by the attempt to apply this self-organisation framework to more human things, like ethics, morality or religion.

That said, I think the vision is very interesting. As other reviewers pointed out, E. Jantsch showed quite some foresight. Dec 30, G. Xabiroi rated it did not like it Dec 22, Raisuddin Rakib rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Charles Szpinda rated it really liked it Mar 29, Michael Dell'orfano rated it really liked it Feb 19, Andrew Dalby rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Joseph Herz rated it really liked it Mar 07, Patrick Michael rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Cezary Kwasny rated it really liked it Jul 07, Leah Pavasaris rated it it was amazing Dec 06, Ike Sharpless rated it really liked it Jan 21, Mark rated it liked it Sep 08, Juan Carlos rated it it was amazing May 12, Apr 15, Miray marked it as to-read.

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This now long out of print work deals with self-organization as a unifying evolutionary paradigm that incorporates cosmology, biology, sociology, psychology, and consciousness. While obviously not the first to present a unified scientific account of the story of creation, it is probably the most ambitious and inspirational, and in my MAK opinion still has not been surpassed in imaginative scope. The book contains some amazing diagrams, but my favourite has to be the one at the bottom of this section, a sort of cosmological equivalent of the tree of life! Jantsch is inspired by and draws on the work of Ilya Prigogine concerning dissipative structures and nonequilibrium states. Although superseded by more recent developments in system science , this book exerted a very strong influence on me when I read it in the early s, and continues to inspire, because of Jantsch's elegant presentation of a big picture worldview.

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