Evolution is never total adaptation. It always requires destabilization, the reaching out, the self-presentation which offers new symbiotic relations, the risk accompanying all innovation. Evolution at all levels includes freedom of action as well as the recognition of a ubiquitous systemic interdependence.

Erich Jantsch

Born: January 8, 1929

Died: December 12, 1980 (Age 51)

Erich Jantsch was an Austrian-born American astrophysicist, engineer, educator, author, consultant, and futurist especially known for his work in the social systems design movement in Europe in the 1970s. He lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Near East and Japan, and was advisor to twenty governments, several international organizations and research institutes.

Available Documents: 2

Evolution and Consciousness: Human Systems in Transition
June 1, 1976
Evolution and Consciousness is one of the first, still rare, truly transdisciplinary books: it deals with a totality, not a sector of it. Therefore, it defies any disciplinary labeling. It is a scientific book, yet also deals with topics until now reserved for books of mysticism and poetry. It bridges the gap between science and other forms of knowledge. It deals not just with scientific questions, but with existential questions which concern all mankind, such as the meaning of life and the evolutionary significance of human design and action. It challenges the whole dominant Western world view: process thinking instead of structural thinking, dynamic instead of static, evolution instead of permanency.
The Self-Organizing Universe: Scientific and Human Implications of the Emerging Paradigm of Evolution
January 15, 1980
The evolution of the universe—ranging from cosmic and biological to sociocultural evolution—is viewed in terms of the unifying paradigm of self-organization. The contours of this paradigm emerge from the synthesis of a number of important concepts, and provide a scientific foundation to a new world-view which emphasizes process over structure, nonequilibrium over equilibrium, evolution over permanency, and individual creativity over collective stabilization. The book, with its emphasis on the interaction of microstructures with the entire biosphere, ecosystems etc., and on how micro- and macrocosmos mutually create the conditions for their further evolution, provides a comprehensive framework for a deeper understanding of human creativity in a time of transition.

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