This is the guy that introduced me to metacognition, which led me to epistemology and so much more. I read his work in Professor Fritz Hafer’s anthropology class at UNC. More than any sixties rhetoric or philosophy, this man’s ideas about human culture made me believe the world really was getting ready for a huge sea change.
Bateson and his partner, Margaret Mead
This is the book that rocked my little world. Learning to know how we know what we know – it sounds like the epitome of sophomoric self-reflective philosophy – but the process also illuminates in a unique light the ways in which we share and receive knowledge through social customs and interactions. Now information has indeed become the McLuhan universal currency, and Bateson’s ecological properties describe and proscribe for some of our most glaring social inadequacies.