Gregory Bateson intended his posthumous book Angels Fear as an approach to the scientific explanation of natural phenomena in the living world based on. Angels Fear is Gregory Bateson’s well-founded fear for a culture, our culture, that may destroy itself by its very success. The book goes much deeper than the. Angels Fear Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred. Gregory Bateson Letter To The Editor Connecting Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson’s Angels Fear.

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Investigation of social and biological systems is not equivalent to investigation of physical systems, Bateson states, for all social and biological science is participant investigationunlike the observer-oriented science of physical systems. It is an unfortunate lapse because there has been an undercurrent of concern since the days of fascism in Europe that an ecological aesthetics can be so easily folded into a pathological sensibility of humanity using nature to toughen itself, and instilling an aesthetic sensibility of toughness, as was the case in the Nazi Youth movements and Nazi films about athletic prowess.

Those that treat DNA as a blueprint of life neglect two important aspects of biological recursion.

Building on theories from his acclaimed Mind and Nature, Bateson goes beyond his earlier milestone work in this inquiry into the essence of science and the importance of the “sacred” in the natural world. The study of unity requires an epistemology, a set of procedures about how one might investigate the phenomenon of unity and derive from further understanding of holism, its order and its organization.


Sep 17, Dylan added it. Paul Boghossian – – Philosophical Studies 3: I consider myself quite good bareson understanding these subjects. Radcliffe-Brown, in his successful attempt to establish anthropology as a world-wide discipline. Oct 27, Angela Juline added it.

Angels fear : towards an epistemology of the sacred

I recommend this book and Mind and Nature as highly as I can. Many regularities contribute to their own determination, he says, and this recursiveness is close to the root of the notion of structure. Find ange,s on Scholar. For Bateson, as for others, the Manhattan Project and the dropping of the first atomic bombs was a world changing moment for the physical sciences.

Christianity, like other religions has a vibrant aesthetic attached to its rituals performances, myths and metaphors of religious experience. Steps to an Ecology of Mind.

Art, Communications and Ecology. Living systems are recursive systems, any substantial investigation of them will always come around to stab you in the back. But for observers inside paradox of communication attempting to batewon either to themselves or to others as if they live only in an observer- defined world, would quickly end in communications that would be by most accounts pathological.

To ask other readers questions about Angels Fearplease sign up. In Defense of the Land Ethic: In this final section I propose to step outside Angles Fear in order to address briefly issues in the history of science raised by the two processes of recursion, the first in that of family therapy, the second in biology itself. Moreover, we should bear responsibility for our non-knowledge.

Revisiting Angels Fear

They argue that sign or signalling relations exist in a myriad of interconnected pathways involved in the regulation of cellular processes which lead far beyond the autonomy of a genome, the baateson or the cell. Bateson, Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson. Bateson did from time to time wonder out aloud whether aesthetic sensibility might, like consciousness itself, contain its own pathologies.


Then the interwoven regularities of the structure may – as in all sacred realms – angsls the basis for awe.

Leo Walsh rated it really liked it Oct 24, Bateson suggests that working away at the fork of contradictions, the interface batsson aesthetics and epistemology, will likely promote a new conception of holism, and perceptually will draw us toward an awareness of beauty in a larger more inclusive system. However, Marcus neglected to examine changes of context which in which the recycling of ideas appears.

Feb 11, Cathy rated it it was amazing. That is, nothing external to a structure determined system can specify changes that it undergoes as a consequence of an interaction because external instructive interaction is impossible in living systems.

Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred

He probed these issues in other writing, outside the covers of Angels Fear greegory he elaborated upon his ideas of an immanent rather than a transcendent holism. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The pattern of the percept does not flow easily into the pattern of the other and numerous tensions lie in the fork between the two.