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By Riccardo Petrella (auth.), Diederik Aerts, Jan Broekaert, Willy Weyns (eds.)

A international in Transition, Humankind and Nature is effectively entitled after its objective for an intrinsic estate of truth: swap.
Of significant main issue, during this period of transformation, is the broad and profound interplay of humankind with nature. The global-scale social and technological venture of humankind certainly contains a myriad of adjustments of the ecosphere. This e-book develops, from the decision for an interdisciplinary synthesis and appreciate of plurality, acknowledging the evolving medical fact, to the necessity for an built-in yet unavoidably provisional worldview.
members from varied elements of the realm concentrate on 4 modes of switch: (i) Social switch and the person , (ii) complicated evolution and primary emergent modifications, (iii) Ecological transformation and accountability inquiries, (iv) The economic-ecological and socio-technical equilibria.
basically enthusiastic about the deep alterations of humankind and of the connection among people and nature, it's addressed to a wide and considering public that wishes to be stored informed.

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The prevailing thinking on innovation and the obsessive cult of competitiveness have had a big hand in developing and spreading this 'survival psychosis' and 'war culture'. The values emphasized by the theorists and practitioners of innovation and globalization through competitiveness are values centering on power (financial in particular), force (idea of conquest and mastery), struggle (to which the inevitable instances of co-operation between individuals, organizations and countries must also be subjected), aggressiveness and cynicism (mors tua vita mea).

Two specific basic functional couplings of interacting socio-technical systems can be distinguished: cooperation and competition. Cooperation means a positive amplifying feedback, systems attending each other, one's result serving as the other's tool. Competition means a negative regulating feedback, a challenge and searching for new solutions. The external mechanism connects these interacting systems to each other like a gearless transmission into a specific steady 'cooperation-competition' formation, when system A cooperates with B, B with C, but C competes with A.

The critical point of mental retrogression is the intellect's inability to recognize the process of retrogression and to mobilize all the social willpower with the super-ordained aim of self-confidence or the principle of highest moral responsibility. Mental retrogression accompanied by political disequilibrium, aggravating economic weakness, backwardness in education and culture, deteriorated by centralistic hierarchy and the spasm of ideological fundamentalism and intolerance is bound to bring the society to the lowest level of mere physical survival, the nightmare of self-strangling.

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