The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture / Edition 1

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  • ISBN-13: 9780553345728
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1984
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 972,158
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    Why should a change in physical theories affect other fields?

    I read this because Capra's earlier book, The Tao of Physics, is pretty famous. But this follow-up is lame. The author's main argument seems to be that since Newtonian physics has been superseded by the more complex quantum and relativity theories, we should discard our 'Newtonian' ideas about medicine, the development of science, social organization and so on, and replace them. What to replace them with is not usually specified, but you get the idea it is something holistic and generally touchy-feely. When this book gives evidence for its arguments it is worth reading; but too much of the time it seems to rely on handwaving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    Very interesting Book!

    I think Fritjof Capra is making some very important observations in this book. Through his observations, the author states that Western Civilization is gradually approaching the climax of a major turning point in its evolution. He suggests that the cause of this is in our consciousness, a certain way we are seeing and understanding our experiences. This is leading to many of our present day environmental, social, political, and financial crises. We are all sitting on a treebranch that is gradually getting too heavy. Many modern theorists try to explain this phenomena but Capra articulates this in a way that many people can understand. This book as well as 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato do a very fine job in trying to open the public eye to these issues. Both of these books are highly recommended for people who want to understand things from a wider, larger, and deeper perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    Terrific observations!

    I think this book is full of terrific ideas. We are certainly at a turning point in our evolution where we can create weapons of mass destruction but cannot get along with our co-workers, and neighbors, or even our own children, parents, and spouses. The beginnings of the paradigm shift that Capra discusses has already begun many years ago but it has yet to reach a critical mass for any global change to occur at a significant level. Every decade, there is an increase of urgency for this paradigm shift as we humans come closer and closer to facing our own destruction. I think this book eloquently explains this problem in a variety of facets in modern human life. If you are interested in how exactly the paradigm shift can occur, read Toru Sato's Rhythm Relationships, and Transcendence. It is an excellent book looking at how we participate in the cycle of energy through our everyday actions (even everything we say). It is a wonderful book.

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