The technologies and organisational models deriving from modern science are causing widespread destruction of natural and human systems. This is widely recognised, but only a few people, working individually and in small groups here and there in various fields, have devised alternative ways of doing things that are not violent. Implied in these alternative ways of thinking and doing is an entirely different kind of science, one that sees all things as living beings and as intimately inter-connected. This is the living systems science. Technologies and organisational patterns deriving from this science are gentle, healing and can potentially be continued indefinitely. In this book, the author spells out this living systems science in terms of its basic concepts and operational procedures.
M. G. Jackson is an Indian agricultural scientist who participated in the introduction of Western chemical-based agriculture (the 'green revolution') in India in the 1960s and 70s. He was one of the first to become aware of the fallout from this introduction and attempted to understand the reasons for it. This led him to an examination of the conceptual basis of modern science in general. Along with this he made in-depth studies of traditional agriculture and of the various forms of natural farming that appeared in the 20th century. His other books are Transformative Learning for a New Worldview (2008), A Future for Rural India (2013) and A Return to the Perennial Questions (2013).