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Coming to our senses : perceiving complexity to avoid catastrophes, Viki McCabe

Label
Coming to our senses : perceiving complexity to avoid catastrophes
Title
Coming to our senses
Title remainder
perceiving complexity to avoid catastrophes
Statement of responsibility
Viki McCabe
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Coming to Our Senses, cognitive scientist Viki McCabe argues that prevailing theories of perception, cognition, and information cannot explain how we know the world around us. Using scientific studies and true stories, McCabe shows that the ecological disasters, political paralysis, and economic failures we now face originate in our tendency to privilege cognitive processes and products over the information we access with our perceptual systems. As a result, we typically default to making decisions using inaccurate information such as mechanistic theories that reduce the world to extractable, exploitable parts. But the world does not function as an assembly of parts; it functions as a coalition of complex systems--from cells to cities--that organize and sustain themselves and cannot be partitioned and retain their purpose. McCabe also argues that we cannot describe such systems using theories and words. Instead, each system reveals itself in fractal-like geometric configurations that emerge from and reflect the structural organization that brings it into existence and determines its functions--a veritable physics of information. Thus, we comprehend phenomena as disparate as neural networks, river deltas, and economies by perceiving the branching geometry that organizes them into distribution systems. McCabe's key point is that form not only follows function, it doubles as information. If we put our theories aside and focus on the information the world displays, our perceptions can block hostile mental takeovers, reconnect us to reality, and bring us back to our senses. -- Provided by publisher
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McCabe, Viki
Index
index present
LC call number
BF311
LC item number
.M4276 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Perception
  • Perception (Philosophy)
  • Reality
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Perception
  • Perception (Philosophy)
  • Reality
  • Wahrnehmung
  • Wirklichkeit
Label
Coming to our senses : perceiving complexity to avoid catastrophes, Viki McCabe
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Seeing What We Believe: How the Mind Hijacks the Senses
  • 2.
  • Perceiving Structure
  • Recognition and Structural Information
  • Altering Facial Proportions Disrupts Recognition
  • Caregiving by Configuration
  • Facial Structure
  • Face Blindness and Super-Recognizers
  • What's Wrong With Eyewitness Testimony?
  • Why Features Fail as Evidence
  • 1.
  • Our Atomistic Worldview Leads Us Astray
  • The Structure of Reality
  • Theory Promotes Disaster
  • The Origins and Nature of Structural Information
  • The USS Missouri: Saved by Structural Information
  • A Contrasting View: Signal Detection Theory
  • Our Complex Perceptual Systems and Structural Information: J.J. Gibson's View
  • Complex Systems and Structural Information
  • Experiencing Empathy
  • 4.
  • Restructuring Reality
  • Clouded Vision
  • Controlling Nature: Eliminating Tributaries and Meanders
  • The Whole Is More Than the Sum of Its Parts
  • Restoring a Meander
  • Structural Pattern Generators and Natural Structures
  • Branching
  • Spirals
  • 3.
  • Meanders
  • Six-Sided Symmetry
  • 5.
  • Reality's Geometry
  • Bacteria's Oorum Sensing
  • Immune Cells Communicate Using Structural Configurations
  • Volatile Compounds Send Structured Aromatic Messages
  • Animal-Environment Reciprocities
  • Frogs
  • Crows
  • Perceiving Dynamics
  • The Hawk-Goose Configuration
  • Dynamic Structural Information
  • The Oscillating Figure Eight Reveals Identity
  • Do We Have Memories of Structural Information?
  • Our Brain-World Interface
  • Navigation Grids and Place Cells
  • Walking in Other People's-Moccasins
  • Minimally Essential Information
  • Experts' Experts Rely on Structural Information
  • Diagnosing Injuries: Reading the Dynamics of Deviation
  • Curing Pain in the Brain: How the Brain Restructures Reality
  • Diagnosing Cancer: Pathology and Structural Information
  • Condensing the Structure of Reality: The Japanese Garden
  • Reading the Seascape: Sea Gypsies Survive a Tsunami
  • Translating Structure Into Words
  • 7.
  • Mind Over Matter: Theories as Mental Fall-out
  • Mating, Foraging, and Escaping
  • Where Do Theories Come From?
  • Theories and the Brain
  • Hijacking the Interpreter
  • Two Widely Accepted Unsubstantiated Theories That Threaten Our Survival
  • How to Judge a Theory
  • Indigo Bunting Migration
  • Human-Environment Affordances
  • Perceiving and Representing Structural Information
  • Benoit Mandelbrot's Fractal Geometry
  • Our Fractal Brain
  • 6.
  • Experts' Experts "Repetitions Without Repetition"
  • Replacing Reality: The Evolution of the Derivative
  • Seeing the Structural Information That Reveals the Market
  • The Sad Saga of Brooksley Born and the American Taxpayer
  • An Alternate Theory of the Economy
  • 10.
  • Complexity, Components, and Monocultures
  • Death by Financial Concept
  • Viral Components and Complex Systems
  • Turning Sustainable Complexity Into Unsustainable Simplicity
  • Food Economies as Complex Systems
  • 8.
  • A Sustainable Complex System: Polyface Family Farm
  • From Complexity to Simplicity: Whole Grains to Empty Calories
  • From Nutritional Simplicity to Obesity
  • Are Scientific Theories Different?
  • Alfred Wegener and the Theory of Continental Drift i
  • Barbara McClintock and Her Perception of Jumping Genes
  • How Science Can Progress by Extending Our Eyes
  • Theories and Complexity
  • 9.
  • Are Economic Theories Different?
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 273 pages
Isbn
9780199988587
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013025381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023551580
System control number
  • (OCoLC)852488510
  • (OCoLC)ocn852488510
Label
Coming to our senses : perceiving complexity to avoid catastrophes, Viki McCabe
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Seeing What We Believe: How the Mind Hijacks the Senses
  • 2.
  • Perceiving Structure
  • Recognition and Structural Information
  • Altering Facial Proportions Disrupts Recognition
  • Caregiving by Configuration
  • Facial Structure
  • Face Blindness and Super-Recognizers
  • What's Wrong With Eyewitness Testimony?
  • Why Features Fail as Evidence
  • 1.
  • Our Atomistic Worldview Leads Us Astray
  • The Structure of Reality
  • Theory Promotes Disaster
  • The Origins and Nature of Structural Information
  • The USS Missouri: Saved by Structural Information
  • A Contrasting View: Signal Detection Theory
  • Our Complex Perceptual Systems and Structural Information: J.J. Gibson's View
  • Complex Systems and Structural Information
  • Experiencing Empathy
  • 4.
  • Restructuring Reality
  • Clouded Vision
  • Controlling Nature: Eliminating Tributaries and Meanders
  • The Whole Is More Than the Sum of Its Parts
  • Restoring a Meander
  • Structural Pattern Generators and Natural Structures
  • Branching
  • Spirals
  • 3.
  • Meanders
  • Six-Sided Symmetry
  • 5.
  • Reality's Geometry
  • Bacteria's Oorum Sensing
  • Immune Cells Communicate Using Structural Configurations
  • Volatile Compounds Send Structured Aromatic Messages
  • Animal-Environment Reciprocities
  • Frogs
  • Crows
  • Perceiving Dynamics
  • The Hawk-Goose Configuration
  • Dynamic Structural Information
  • The Oscillating Figure Eight Reveals Identity
  • Do We Have Memories of Structural Information?
  • Our Brain-World Interface
  • Navigation Grids and Place Cells
  • Walking in Other People's-Moccasins
  • Minimally Essential Information
  • Experts' Experts Rely on Structural Information
  • Diagnosing Injuries: Reading the Dynamics of Deviation
  • Curing Pain in the Brain: How the Brain Restructures Reality
  • Diagnosing Cancer: Pathology and Structural Information
  • Condensing the Structure of Reality: The Japanese Garden
  • Reading the Seascape: Sea Gypsies Survive a Tsunami
  • Translating Structure Into Words
  • 7.
  • Mind Over Matter: Theories as Mental Fall-out
  • Mating, Foraging, and Escaping
  • Where Do Theories Come From?
  • Theories and the Brain
  • Hijacking the Interpreter
  • Two Widely Accepted Unsubstantiated Theories That Threaten Our Survival
  • How to Judge a Theory
  • Indigo Bunting Migration
  • Human-Environment Affordances
  • Perceiving and Representing Structural Information
  • Benoit Mandelbrot's Fractal Geometry
  • Our Fractal Brain
  • 6.
  • Experts' Experts "Repetitions Without Repetition"
  • Replacing Reality: The Evolution of the Derivative
  • Seeing the Structural Information That Reveals the Market
  • The Sad Saga of Brooksley Born and the American Taxpayer
  • An Alternate Theory of the Economy
  • 10.
  • Complexity, Components, and Monocultures
  • Death by Financial Concept
  • Viral Components and Complex Systems
  • Turning Sustainable Complexity Into Unsustainable Simplicity
  • Food Economies as Complex Systems
  • 8.
  • A Sustainable Complex System: Polyface Family Farm
  • From Complexity to Simplicity: Whole Grains to Empty Calories
  • From Nutritional Simplicity to Obesity
  • Are Scientific Theories Different?
  • Alfred Wegener and the Theory of Continental Drift i
  • Barbara McClintock and Her Perception of Jumping Genes
  • How Science Can Progress by Extending Our Eyes
  • Theories and Complexity
  • 9.
  • Are Economic Theories Different?
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 273 pages
Isbn
9780199988587
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013025381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
40023551580
System control number
  • (OCoLC)852488510
  • (OCoLC)ocn852488510

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