The Turning Point (book)

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The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture
The Turning Point (first edition).jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorFritjof Capra
CountryUnited States
PublisherBantam Books
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages464 pp.
Preceded byThe Tao of Physics 

The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture is a 1982 book by Fritjof Capra, in which the author examines perceived scientific and economic crises through the perspective of systems theory.


Capra outlines and traces the history of science and economics, highlighting flaws in the Cartesian, Newtonian, and reductionist paradigms which have come to light in the context of contemporary empirical understanding of the physical sciences. He writes that these paradigms are now inadequate to guide human behavior and policy with regard to modern technology and ecology, then argues that society needs to develop the concepts and insights of holism and systems theory to solve its complex problems.


The 1990 film, Mindwalk, is based on the book.

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