New York City Premiere of "An Ecology of Mind"

Monday, September 12th, 2011, 6:30pm
American Museum of Natural History

Join filmmaker, Nora Bateson for the New York premiere of her film, An Ecology of Mind - an award winning documentary about anthropologist, and ecological thinker, Gregory Bateson. (See reviews below)

Following the screening of the film, An Ecology of Mind, there will a panel discussion with:

  • Mary Catherine Bateson: Cultural anthropologist and daughter of Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead. Author of bestseller: Composing a Life.
  • Rex Weyler: Co-founder of Greenpeace, writer, ecologist. Author of Greenpeace, The Inside Story, The Jesus Sayings, co-author Chop Wood Carry Water.
  • Brian Czech: President of the Center of Advancement of Steady State Economics. conservation biologist at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Author of Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, which calls for an uneconomic growth.
  • Mary Pipher: Clinical psychologist, and author of bestsellers Reviving Ophelia, and In the Shelter of Each Other.
  • Susan Oyama: Psychologist, philosopher of science, professor emerita at John Jay College and at CUNY Graduate Center NY. Author of Evolutionary Eye, and The Ontology of Information, considered by many to be the foundational text of the “developmental systems” perspective.
  • Nora Bateson: Filmmaker, and director An Ecology of Mind. Systems educator, writer, daughter of Gregory Bateson,
  • If…"The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think." (Gregory Bateson)…..
  • And, "No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it."-(Albert Einstein),…
  • Then, What are the seeds of paradigm shift?

Panelists will bring their different perspectives of anthropology, biology, systems development, ecology, economy, and art to this opportunity for a new kind of conversation about how our perception, and cognition manifest in our behavior in the world… and where authentic change lies.

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An Ecology of Mind: A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson

Winner Media Ecology Association John Culkin 2011 Award for Outstanding Praxis
Winner Audience Choice BEST DOCUMENTARY The Santa Cruz Film Festival 2011
Winner BEST DOCUMENTARY The Spokane International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection of The Vancouver International Film Festival
Official Selection Bioneers Film Festival
Official Selection of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival
Official Selection Haida Gwaii Film Festival

NY Premiere: American Museum of Natural History, September 12, 6:30pm 2011!!
See the trailer on the website:

"An Ecology of Mind is a spell-binding, lyrical, and very important film about Gregory Bateson and his revolutionary ideas that helped launch the modern ecology movement. The film is both memoir and tribute from his daughter, Nora Bateson, demonstrating that the most personal can reveal the most universal. Ms. Bateson’s discoveries with her father reflect the discoveries of a generation that learned serious ecology from Bateson. In the 1960s and 1970s, Bateson became a mentor to students, seasoned academics, and environmentalists, providing the language and insights that linked ecology to general systems, psychology, sociology, epistemology, and broad theories of science. Along the way, Bateson conceived and illuminated some of the most significant ideas of the era: cybernetics, double-bind, changeability, and the pattern that connects. The film, An Ecology of Mind,is an extraordinary portrayal of the breadth, depth, rigor, and dynamism of Gregory Bateson’s contributions to science and humanity."

  • Rex Weyler — Co-founder, Greenpeace International

“What becomes amply clear is that Bateson is needed today more than ever. His ability to see life from different angles runs counter to the intolerance evident in so much of what passes for contemporary public debate. In this era, which seems more and more to push individuals more toward black-and-write thinking – with any kind of larger shared truth conveniently, often intentionally, ignored – Bateson’s beliefs feel as fresh as they do refreshing…Gregory Bateson took the first steps toward such a worldwide societal reunion long before he died at age 76 in 1980. His daughter, now, in a quietly profound way, has continued the journey. It’s up to the rest of us to complete the process. Watching “An Ecology of Mind” is a good place to start."

  • Dan Webster — Film critic for NPR’s KPBX "Movies 101"

“An amazing film.”

  • Wade Graham — Author, Environmentalist, Writer for Harpers & Los Angeles Times

“Combining rare footage from Bateson’s lectures and interviews with a veritable who’s who of thinkers influenced by his thought, this is an intimate and accessible portrait of one of the most original and creative interdisciplinary thinkers of the 20th century. From ecology to information systems, Bateson shows how the central question is not "What is it made of?" but rather "What is its pattern?" To borrow a famous remark about James Joyce, we are still learning to be Gregory Bateson’s contemporaries. Let’s hope we are fast learners.”

  • Cary Wolfe — Professor of English, Rice University, Author, Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the Outside, and What Is Posthumanism?, Founding editor, Posthumanities series

“Nora Bateson combines imaginative graphics with fascinating documentary footage and illuminating interviews to present her father’s intellectual legacy against the backdrop of his relationship with his youngest child, the filmmaker herself. This unique documentary will be an invaluable resource to the many who have drawn on Gregory Bateson’s ideas – myself included – and to those for whom this will be an enlightening introduction. “

  • Deborah Tannen — University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of New York Times Bestsellers: You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation

“This is a brilliant film about a brilliant thinker. The film offers interviews of scholars, politicians, and public intellectuals who comment on the extraordinary insights made by Gregory Bateson. It also includes clips of Bateson's lectures, interviews, and even personal moments. Bateson's ideas are not only still relevant today, they have become even more so as the global world faces challenges of how to bring systems thinking to bear on solutions. The film is composed by connected segments, named using key concepts that Bateson pioneered, such as pattern, relationship, cybernetics, difference that makes a difference, double bind, and more… This film is the only one I know of that explores the full range of thought and humanity of Gregory Bateson, a giant in the world of systems thinking.”

  • Tyler Volk — Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, New York University, Author, Metapatterns Across Space, Time, and Mind

“Thank you deeply for letting me see the pre-release copy of An Ecology of Mind. It's a tender and poetic portrayal not only of one of the most provocative thinkers of the last century but also of a vivid relationship between a daughter and father. It's an introduction to Gregory Bateson's wisest thought, product of a lifetime of innovative research, centering on the issue of how we (humans) think and learn and do research. “

  • Hildred Geertz — Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, Author of Images of Power: Balinese Paintings made for Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead

“Many attributes of Gregory Bateson’s life and work are conveyed in the film, but most importantly it has the power to change the way you see. It will show you how you habitually see ‘things’ as ‘real’ and the relations that connect things as some sort of invisible, intangible and ultimately unreal connection between things. Slowly as the film redirects your gaze you will find that you are not looking at things at all, you are looking at patterns of relationship – here and there, now and then, fathers and daughters, fathers and sons, teachers and students, animals and humans, humans and the earth, and even two cups sitting on a table.”

  • Jeff CarreriaEnlightenment Next Magazine

"Gregory Bateson revolutionized our understanding of the dynamic relationships in (and between) our human consciousness, our communities and societies, and our ecological systems. His work still challenges and informs us as we create new pathways toward health and resilience in our lives, and in our world.” An Ecology of Mind” is the first documentary film to explore the life and innovative ideas of this essential thinker. Through this deeply thought-provoking film, we follow Bateson on his remarkable journey toward insight. We discover how his own life experience led him to comprehend the patterns in our reality. Bateson's work remains indispensible as we come to terms with our responsibilities to future generations and to the larger community of life."

  • Dr. Curt Meine — Director, Conservation Biology and History, Center for Humans and Nature, Author, Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation

"This documentary kindles the spirit of Gregory Bateson, and guides you on two fascinating journeys: One of a daughter's effort to understand her father who died before he could tell her everything she yearned to know, and the other through the ideas that Gregory Bateson developed for us to understand ourselves in the larger ecology to which we contribute. Gregory was an anthropologist, naturalist, cybernetician, and philosopher who never returned to where he came from, restlessly searching to expand the boundaries of our thinking and acting in a world in which everything is connected to everything else. The documentary continues the conversation he started among friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched."

  • Klaus Krippendorff — Professor for Cybernetics, Language & Culture, University of Pennsylvania, Author, On Communicating: Otherness, Meaning, and Information

"As close as I've ever gotten to this profound and influential thinker, Nora Bateson's intimate portrait of her father allows us to delight in his delight, to share his infectious love for thinking and being. It is the most enjoyable way I know to get a dose of the systems thinking that our society so sorely needs." Also, "A wonderful introduction to Bateson's thought."

  • Dorion Sagan — Sleight of hand magician, and author who writes extensively on Evolution, Cybersex, and the Biology of Gender

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