Mind and Nature: Gregory Bateson. Review

When I read this book a second time I picked up Bateson's phrase “patterns of connection.” It has haunted me since. "Patterns of connection are what distinguishes life from non-life. Chemical phenomena may exhibit scattered patterns of connection, but they are seldom embedded in other patterns of connection as is typical of life. Patterns of connection are found in both human minds and evolution. Patterns of connection are the very substance of life. Life consists of matter, and patterns of connection. That came to seem the essence of what life consists of." More...

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