This extremely rich series of dialogues, orchestrated by Morin and the Italian cognitive scientist Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, represents an important step toward Morin’s transdisciplinary approach. It goes beyond interdisciplinarity, which involves using the methods of one discipline to inform another, to draw on multiple disciplines while actually challenging the disciplinary organization of knowledge, and the reductive/disjunctive way of thinking that make up what Morin was to call the “paradigm of simplicity.” Several of Morin’s books find him in dialogues with social and natural scientists, from astrophysicists to biologists to sociologists and philosophers.

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