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The culture of feedback : ecological thinking in seventies America

Author: Daniel Belgrad
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Belgrad
ISBN: 9780226652368 022665236X 9780226652535 022665253X
OCLC Number: 1083179859
Description: ix, 256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: The historiographical context --
Why it matters: two ideas of efficiency --
The historical context --
The culture of feedback as practice and form --
Systems, ecology, and environmentalism. Systems ecology and information theory ; Ecological thinking versus game theory ; Gary Snyder's ecological ethic ; The subversive science ; Nature's feedback --
Self-organizing systems and mind in nature. General systems theory ; Coevolution ; Gaia --
Crying Indian. The crying Indian ; The ecological critique of the scientific method ; Neo-paganism and ecofeminism ; Inheriting native ways ; Native American intellectuals and ecological thinking --
Talking with plants. Ecology and plants' rights ; Vegetal signings ; Listening to our vegetal selves ; Psychedelics: talking plant-to-plant ; Freaks like us ; Music for plants --
Ambient music. Sonic meditations ; Noise as pollution ; Acoustic ecology and "schizophonia" ; Ambient sound ; Ambient drone and just intonation: the influence of Indian classical music ; Evolving pieces: music as an ecological system ; Brian Eno's ambient music for airports --
Dancing with animals. Beyond behaviorism ; The willfulness of dolphins and horses ; Whale song ; Animal choreographies ; Contact improvisation ; Horse whispering ; Choreographies of confinement ; A tale of two dolphins --
Neo-orthodoxies. Genetic determinism ; The resurgence of game theory and the end of limits ; Protective barriers --
Conclusion: a metahistory.
Responsibility: Daniel Belgrad.

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