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posted : 2009.Jan.01 @ 12.19pm

» Stuart Kauffman - Reinventing the Sacred [2008]



My father really outdid himself this year by giving me Stuart Kauffman's new book, "Reinventing the Sacred" for christmas.  This book is a part of the growing movement of biologists who assert that biology cannot be adequately understood by the reductionist approach.  However, this book is probably much more radical than previous ones, chiefly because Stuart Kauffman is such an integrative thinker--look at his background below.  Also Dr. Kauffman is a part a collection of (r)evolutionary thinkers that we all probably feel connection to--particularly the Lindisfarne Association, who have among their members many of my role models--Lynn Margulis, Ralph Abraham, Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, Joan Halifax, James Lovelock, to name a few.  Indeed, it was in 1992 at a meeting with several Lindisfarne fellows on a mountain near Santa Fe, New Mexico that Kauffman had the initial vision for reinventing the sacred.


From Wikipedia Entry on Dr. Stuart Kauffman:

Kauffman presently holds a joint appointment at the University of Calgary in Biological Sciences and in Physics and Astronomy, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy. He is also an iCORE (Informatics Research Circle of Excellence) [1] chair and the director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics.


He graduated from Dartmouth in 1960, was awarded the BA (Hons) by Oxford University in 1963, and completed a medical degree (M.D.) at the University of California, San Francisco in 1968. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine, he moved into developmental genetics of the fruitfly, holding appointments first at the University of Chicago, then at the University of Pennsylvania from 1975 to 1995, where he rose to Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Kauffman held a MacArthur Fellowship, 1987-1992.


Kauffman rose to prominence through his association with the Santa Fe Institute (a non-profit research institute dedicated to the study of complex systems), where he was faculty in residence from 1986 to 1997, and through his work on models in various areas of biology. These included autocatalytic sets in origin of life research, gene regulatory networks in developmental biology, and fitness landscapes in evolutionary biology.


Here is a shorter introduction to his new work:




Here is a deeper peek into his radical assertions:



Deepest of blessings to all beings--you were and are unpredictable and that is good ~



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