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Our Own Metaphor

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Our Own Metaphor, with its focus on the human pattern of setting conscious goals, provides a new approach to the basic question of whether humans, with their increasingly powerful technologies, will ultimately destroy the environment on which they depend or prove capable of a new level of adaptation. Based on a conference organized by anthropologist Gregory Bateson and observed and interpreted by Mary Catherine Bateson, the book suggests that any solution to the world's myriad problems must be grounded in an ...
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Overview

Our Own Metaphor, with its focus on the human pattern of setting conscious goals, provides a new approach to the basic question of whether humans, with their increasingly powerful technologies, will ultimately destroy the environment on which they depend or prove capable of a new level of adaptation. Based on a conference organized by anthropologist Gregory Bateson and observed and interpreted by Mary Catherine Bateson, the book suggests that any solution to the world's myriad problems must be grounded in an empathetic understanding of systems - from the ecology of lakes to the loving interdependence of mother and infant.
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Table of Contents

In preparation for the advent of awareness : the first three days
1 Around the circle 23
2 The substance of a warning cry 36
3 Of parts and wholes 55
4 Small societies in crisis 71
5 The vision of the apocalypse 87
6 Learning : an entry into pattern 104
7 People and more people 121
Toward an applied epistemology : the fourth and fifth days
8 The way we think and talk 147
9 Secreting the thing from the process 164
10 Human freedom and finite resources 180
11 Purpose and control 202
12 The metaphor of the machine 220
A darkness unobscured : the last two days
13 A human family on a ledge 241
14 Diversity and love 263
15 Our own metaphor 284
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