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Author Rayner, A. D. M. (Alan D. M.), 1950-
Title The origin of life patterns : in the natural inclusion of space in flux / Alan Rayner.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017]

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Author Rayner, A. D. M. (Alan D. M.), 1950-
Series SpringerBriefs in psychology. Psychology and cultural developmental sciences
SpringerBriefs in psychology. Psychology and cultural developmental sciences.
Subject Life.
Philosophy of nature.
Philosophical anthropology.
Social psychology.
Description 1 online resource.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : a personal experience of culture shock; Abstract; 1.1 Early Awakenings; References; 2 Noticing recurrent patterns, from microcosm to macrocosm; Abstract; 2.1 Evolutionary ecology : the art and science of recognizing and understanding pattern, process and relationship in the natural world; 2.2 Receptive enquiry : exploring natural patterns with eyes and mind wide open; References; 3 Natural flow geometry : 'pulse' and 'circulation'; Abstract; 3.1 Rigidization by digitization : the estranged square world of abstract geometry and arithmetic; 3.1.1 Statistics, complexity theory and fractal geometry : abstract mathematical attempts to account for natural uncertainty; 3.2 'Place-time' : the transformational flow geometry of nature; 3.2.1 Pulse and circulation : starting from natural 'spherical one', not abstract 'square one'; 3.2.2 Spirals; 3.2.3 Ripples; 3.2.4 Rivers and flow-networks; 3.2.5 'Crazy paving'; References; 4 Natural inclusion and the evolution of self-identity; Abstract; 4.1 Discrete and continuous perceptions of natural origins and destiny; 4.2 Paradoxical evolution : abstract theories of the origin and transformation of life as an independent existence; 4.3 Evolving out of the box : life in dynamic relationship; 4.4 From self-definition to self-opening; 4.5 Self-identity and consciousness as a natural inclusion of neighbourhood; 4.6 Genes as reproducers of life patterns, not units of selection; 4.7 Life, love and natural inclusion; References; 5 Flow geometry and the evolution of collective organization : individuals, couples, series and huddles; Abstract; 5.1 Natural companionship; 5.2 Biological life as an embodied water flow, not a genetically controlled machine; 5.3 Diversity within cellular life; 5.4 Diversity within multicellular life; 5.5 Diversity within social life; 5.6 Diversity within community life; 5.6.1 Diversity in life cycle patterns within natural communities; 5.6.2 The vitality of death within natural community life; 5.7 From biosphere to 'cosmosphere' and 'quantumsphere'; References; 6 The influence of core beliefs and perceptions on human cultural diversity and governance; Abstract; 6.1 Human estrangement from nature; 6.2 Belief in independent identities; 6.3 Belief in external authority; 6.4 Belief in competitive success; 6.5 Belief that strength is good and weakness is bad; 6.6 Belief that money Is wealth; 6.7 Belief in time as an external occurrence; 6.8 Belief in unity as an antidote to division; 6.9 Belief in death as finality; 6.10 From abstract rationality to natural inclusion : evolution, not revolution; References; 7 Epilogue-the co-creative partnership between responsive flux and infinite grace in the life of every body; Abstract; 7.1 Flux and grace.
Summary Understanding the relationship between human cultural psychology and the evolutionary ecology of living systems is currently limited by abstract perceptions of space and boundaries as sources of definitive discontinuity. This Brief explores the new understandings possible when space and boundaries are perceived instead as sources of receptive continuity and dynamic distinction between local identities and phenomena. It aims to identify the recurrent patterns in which life is expressed over diverse scales in natural ecosystems and to explore how a new awareness of their evolutionary origin in the natural inclusion of space in flux can be related to human cultural psychology. It explains why these patterns cannot adequately be represented or understood in terms of conventional logic and language that definitively isolates the material content from the spatial context of natural systems. Correspondingly, the Brief discusses how the perception of natural space as an infinite, intangible, receptive presence, and of natural informational boundaries as continuous energetic flux, revolutionizes our understanding of evolutionary processes. The mutual natural inclusion of receptive space and informative flux in all distinguishable local phenomena enables evolutionary diversification to be understood as a fluid dynamic exploration of renewing possibility, not an eliminative 'survival of the fittest'. Self-identity is recognized to be a dynamic inclusion of natural neighborhood, not a definitive exception from neighborhood. The Origins of Life Patterns will be of interest to psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, mathematicians, and physicists.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 05, 2017).
ISBN 9783319546063 (electronic bk.)
3319546066 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-54606-3
OCLC # 980874960
Additional Format Print version: Rayner, Alan. Origin of life patterns. Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017] 3319546058 9783319546056 (OCoLC)971521765

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