Intuitive Way of Knowing: A Tribute to Brian Goodwin

Intuitive Way of Knowing: A Tribute to Brian Goodwin


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Professor Brian Goodwin was a visionary biologist, mathematician and philosopher. Born in Canada in 1931, he studied biology at McGill University then for his PhD at Oxford under the eminent biologist Conrad Waddington. Understanding organisms as dynamic wholes, he worked to develop an alternate view to extreme Darwinism based solely on genetic factors. His evolutionary vision was, centred more on archetypes than ancestors and cooperation rather than competition. As a scientist Brian's work was groundbreaking and highly influential. He was a pioneer in the field of theoretical biology, and a founding member of the prestigious Santa Fe Institute. He appeared often in debates with prominent figures such as Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould and Lewis Wolpert. In later years he was made a founding fellow at Schumacher College, Totnes, UK, where he taught holistic science and completed his last book, Nature's Due: Healing Our Fragmented Culture (Floris Books 2007). He died in July 2009. This tribute to the life and work of Brian Goodwin has contributions from eminent scholars and academics around the world, dealing with his research on pattern and form in biology and the metaphysical principles that guided him. It also includes an interview with him. The book honours both his work and personal memories of a much loved and respected colleague.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863159657
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 10.34(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface 7

Part 1 Personal Memories

Brian Goodwin, The Magical Black Knight Stuart Kauffman 11

Brian Goodwin Lewis Wolpert 15

Brian Goodwin at Sussex in the 1970s: personal reminiscences Claudio D. Stern 17

A Long Friendship Frederick W. Cummings 35

An Interview with Brian Goodwin: 1 Stephan Harding 37

Part 2 Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy

Biology without Darwinian Spectacles Brian Goodwin 45

Form and Function in Biology: Placing Brian Goodwin Michael Ruse 55

Epigenetics & Generative Dynamics: How Development Directs Evolution Mae-Wan Ho 71

Darwinian Spectacles and other 'Ways of Seeing'-Evolution Craig Millar David Lambert 96

From Goethe to Goodwin, via von Foerster Margaret Boden 108

An Interview with Brian Goodwin: 2 Stephan Harding 120

Part 3 Theoretical Biology

Complexity and Life Fritjof Copra 127

The Language of Living Processes Philip Franses 141

Keeping the Gene in its Place Johannes Jaeger Nick Monk 153

An Interview with Brian Goodwin: 3 Stephan Harding 187

References 193

Brian C. Goodwin: Selected works 215

Index 220

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