Replying to LO29263 --
Dear At and LO
> When the author was a child of four or five, biologist Rupert Sheldrake came
> upon a row of willow trees with rusty wire hanging from them. This seemed
> odd, so he asked his uncle about it. The uncle explained that this had once
> been a fence made of willow stakes, but the stakes had come to life and
> turned into trees. Understandably, the young Sheldrake was filled with
> awe.Rupert Sheldrake is well known for his two earlier books A New Science
> of Life and The Pattern of the Past, in which he advanced the theory of
> morphic resonance. According to this theory, all self-organizing systems
> from molecules to social systems are organized by "morphic fields" that
> follow habits established by repetition. One implication of this theory is
> that the universe may be governed not by abstract, eternal laws, but by
> less static habits that evolve through time.
> Much of contemporary life and scientific thinking is based upon the idea
> that we are unconnected with nature. In the modern world of the
> technopolis, our
> daily lives are so conceptually removed from the living universe that the
> very idea of Nature itself has disappeared. Instead, with the colorless
> affect of clinical detachment, we speak of "the environment." Despite the
> living relationship that we may feel with nature at special moments in our
> personal lives, "In the official world the world of work, business, and
> politics nature is conceived of as the inanimate source of natural
> resources, exploitable for economic development." Nature thus becomes a
> mere resource, something to be "developed" and used up.
> Sheldrake -- -- points the way toward that which is needed most: a
> renewed vision of human nature and our relationship with the living
> earth. Like those
> old fence posts that sprang into living trees, perhaps such a vision could
> revitalize the world.
We have all seen and experienced such miracles of wonder;-)
Sheldrake speaks in interview format < http:/www.dialogonleadership.org >
about 'morphic resonances' and other things. There is a great deal LO
theorists and practitioners can learn from his work. At, a friend sent me
seven 'points' from Leonardo applying to modern business/commerce
activities as we try to cultivate them in LO theory and practice, number
six is "corporalita" which means, a cultivation of grace, ambidexterity,
fitness and poise (much easier in painting than writing ...esp. if a
trained painter ;-) and number seven is, "connessione" which means, a
recognition of and appreciation of the interconnectedness of all things
and phenomena;-) Strange knot;-) how the there seems to be a series of
"fit" between Sheldrake, Leonardo, Prigogine, Newton, Goethe, you and me.
Looking around more and more that silly list seems to grow...Mmmmmmm.
Learning-org -- Hosted by Rick Karash <Richard@Karash.com> Public Dialog on Learning Organizations -- <http://www.learning-org.com>
"Learning-org" and the format of our message identifiers (LO1234, etc.) are trademarks of Richard Karash.