This is the second in a series of documentaries from the creator of Century Of Self, Adam Curtis that challenges the idea of seeing the world in terms of systems.
This is the story of how our modern scientific idea of nature, the self-regulating ecosystem, is actually a machine fantasy. It has little to do with the real complexity of nature. It is based on cybernetic ideas that were projected on to nature in the 1950s by ambitious scientists. A static machine theory of order that sees humans, and everything else on the planet, as components – cogs – in a system.
Strangely this documentary is presented through the lens of a mechanistic point of view and does not make mention of our current understanding of the world from an energy based perspective. Enjoy!