Gregory Bateson intended his posthumous book Angels Fear as an approach to the scientific explanation of natural phenomena in the living world based on. Angels Fear is Gregory Bateson’s well-founded fear for a culture, our culture, that may destroy itself by its very success. The book goes much deeper than the. Angels Fear Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred. Gregory Bateson Letter To The Editor Connecting Gregory and Mary Catherine Bateson’s Angels Fear.

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Some of the book goes over ground that Bateson had covered in prior publications, yet it contains three new themes. Abraham – – World Futures 67 Developments in the Milan Systemic Therapies. It was appropriate, Bateson argued in a series of lectures inthat social sciences take account of this abrupt shift of context.

Those that treat DNA as a blueprint of life neglect two important aspects of biological recursion. Bateson suggests that working away at the fork of contradictions, the interface between aesthetics and epistemology, will likely promote a new conception of holism, and perceptually will draw us toward an awareness of beauty in a larger more inclusive system.

Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred

His search to find “the pattern which connect” all things culminated in the writing he did for Angels Fear. This leads them directly to Bateson and his cear of information as sensing mechanism, that is as differences which make a difference to a living system and its members or parts, wherever there is a capacity to make an interpretation.


As he wrote hregory Angels Fear, a preinstructed state of the recipient of every message is a necessary gregpry of all communication and this too must enter into our notion of structure. He points out that for many years the processes of communication that Bateson had investigated were linked in one way or another to the forms of recursion.

To ask other readers questions about Angels Fearplease sign up. Bateson was willing to admit that there was pre-given conditions of communication as the Maturana group suggested.

Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred by Gregory Bateson

He separates this theme from other sections of the book where he Bateson speaks as a developmental biologist, a branch of biology that has generally been critical of the over-arching claims of the molecular biologists who have insisted since that they have discovered the blue-print of life.

Only here can the pattern of differences – together with change in this pattern – be perceived Harries-Jones, The first exemplar raised is family therapy, the second exemplar is that of biology itself. Journal of Communication Central is the problem of developmental stability and of the conspicuous robustness of developmental processes despite environmental, cellular and genetic pertubation Keller, This is why, unlike the physical world, both error and pathology are possible: Physics had produced a technology that could destroy humanity and was either unwilling or unable to place moratorium on further research.

Books by Gregory Bateson. For example, in cultural performance there is always a need to limit or control knowledge across lines demarcating the sacred for the notion of sacred is related to knowledge of the whole. Ernest Scott rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Apr 01, Stephanie marked fezr as to-read. He combines his Greek tale with a short passage immediately before on a theme that appears in many other of his writings, namely that individual beliefs become self-validating in human interaction.


At the outset there are issues of perception stemming from seeming contradictions in perceiving pattern flow.

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Oct 07, Ladyfilosopher rated it it batesno amazing Shelves: The extent to which absented meaning became non-acceptable in systemic family therapy was quite rapid.

Peter Harries-Jones – – Biosemiotics 2 2: Communicators always live in a forked universe of being both participants and observers.

Knowledge and the Sacred. Anyone interested in complexity, the mysteries of life, relationships, meaning, and experiencing the fruit of this amazing collaboration between male and female, father and daughter, exquisite minds both, please, give each page the time it merits.

Angels fear : towards an epistemology of the sacred

Other examples vear in the reification of consciousness Despite the relatively abrupt introduction of this passage recounting the tale of Oedipus, Fate and hubris, it immediately precedes another passage which summarizes his approach to his book.

But generally this had been in the context of opening up the practice of family therapy to a totally different realm than that operating in psychiatric departments of hospitals and other medical institutions. The other comes about through a deep connection between epistemology and aesthetics.