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The use and abuse of vegetational concepts

The use and abuse of vegetational concepts 2011 All watched over by machines of loving grace

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Summary

A series of films exploring the idea that humans have been colonised by the machines they have built, seeing everything in the world today through the eyes of computers. This is the story of how our modern scientific idea of nature, the self-regulating eco-system, is actually a machine fantasy. It has little to do with the real complexity of nature. It is based on cybernetic ideas that were projected on to nature in the 1950s by ambitious scientists. A static machine theory of order that sees humans, and everything else on the planet, as components - cogs - in a system. But in an age disillusioned with politics, the self-regulating ecosystem has become the model for utopian ideas of human 'self-organizing networks' - dreams of new ways of organising societies without leaders, as in the Facebook and Twitter revolutions, and in global visions of connectivity like the Gaia theory.

Item Type: Off-air recording
Title: The use and abuse of vegetational concepts
Series Name: All watched over by machines of loving grace
Transmission date: 30 May 2011
Channel: BBC2
Running time: 60 minutes
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 May 2012 13:06
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2013 20:41
Additional Information: This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence.
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22780

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