Feedback

Uncovering the Hidden Connections Between Life and the Universe

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Pub Date 21 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2024

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Description

We live in a world where things come and go, rise and fall, grow and decay, tracing out cycles of change that are ordered and predictable. But amongst those well-behaved rhythms hide other phenomena, pulsing and fizzing and refusing to play by the same rules.

Earth and the life upon it have evolved over billions of years to be right where we are now only because of feedbacks that pushed those systems until they broke. And then those systems adapted, reorganized, and rebuilt. With each new cycle of growth it was feedbacks that created order from disorder and gave rise to a world perfectly optimized for everything it needed to be.

Now the latest scientific research is revealing that the exact same patterns that describe plate tectonics, evolution, and mass extinctions also emerge in the heartbeat of our everyday lives, underpinning everything from the cohesion of our social networks and personal relationships to our emotional well-being and spiritual beliefs.

In Feedback, we embark on a backstage journey revealing how these lesser-known processes keep us operating right where we need to be, poised at the edge of chaos. In a world simultaneously threatened with social and environmental disasters this journey uncovers the hidden connections that unite us not just to those around us but also across vast scales of time and space to the very fabric of the universe.

We live in a world where things come and go, rise and fall, grow and decay, tracing out cycles of change that are ordered and predictable. But amongst those well-behaved rhythms hide other phenomena...


Advance Praise

""Golledge is interested in the biggest of pictures"" - New Zealand Listener

""An important book"" - VOLUME

""Feedback is a delightful book. The text sparkles ... It delights and challenges in equal measure, an eclectic and inspiring vision of the cosmos and our place within it."" - Doug Benn, Professor of Environmental Change

""Golledge takes us on a journey from deep time to the future, from subatomic particles to dying stars, through storms, societies, and cosmic webs, to the origin and nature of human consciousness ... Left me fizzing with the joy of being alive."" - Prof. Rebecca Priestley, author

""Focusing on a vast array of systems and scales from the workings of our brains to the beauty of geological time, we see how feedbacks can redirect a range of fundamental connections to alter the systems of which they are a part ... An ambitious book."" - Priscilla Wehi, Centre of Research Excellence in Complex Systems

""Chapters ended up being page-turners ... a thriller"" - Harish PI, Substack

""Golledge is interested in the biggest of pictures"" - New Zealand Listener

""An important book"" - VOLUME

""Feedback is a delightful book. The text sparkles ... It delights and challenges in equal...


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ISBN 9781633889330
PRICE US$19.99 (USD)
PAGES 256

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This book explores the hidden rhythms that shape our world, from the cycles of life and the cosmos to the intricate tapestry of our personal and social connections. Discover how the same patterns that govern plate tectonics, evolution, and mass extinctions also underpin the heartbeat of our everyday lives, revealing the hidden links that unite us across time and space.

This is an engaging, easy-to-read, and informative book. It wasn’t clear to me how the book was organized, but it was interesting and made me think.

Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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