Steps to a recursive vision of living systems

in Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale
R. W. EmersonNigel Rapport University of St Andrews St Andrews Fife. KY16 9AL Scotland

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. By Peter Harries‐Jones Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her own tail? If you could look with her eyes you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas… ‐ and meantime it is only puss and her tail. How long before our masquerade will end its noise and tambourines, laughter and shouting, and we shall find it was a solitary performance? A subject and an object ‐it takes so much to make the galvanic circuit complete, but magnitude adds nothing. What imports it whether it is Kepler and the sphere, Columbus and America, a reader and his book, or puss with her tail?

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