This was actually one of my favorite books as a child! I’ll have to scan some pages next time I visit my parents. I had pet planaria, tadpoles, caterpillars, a xystodesmid millipede, a dusky salamander… not all in a jar, of course!
(img source, although I don’t agree with their review!)
Eggs of Things, Maxine W. Kumin and Anne Sexton (1963)
Full (out-of-print) book available at brain pickings:
“Eggs of Things was followed by More Eggs of Things in 1964, also sadly out-of-print but available in some public libraries.”
I Am a Strange Loop, by Douglas Hofstadter (2007)
Wikipedia: book, author
Joanna Macy, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory: The Dharma of Living Systems (SUNY Press, 1991)
Joanna Macy on systems theory/Buddhist philosophy/deep ecology (from her website, not this particular book):
“The greatest revolution of our time is in the way we see the world. The mechanistic paradigm underlying the Industrial Growth Society gives way to the realization that we belong to a living, self-organizing cosmos. General systems theory, emerging from the life sciences, brings fresh evidence to confirm ancient, indigenous teachings: the Earth is alive, mind is pervasive, all beings are our relations. This realization changes everything. It changes our perceptions of who we are and what we need, and how we can trustfully act together for a decent, noble future.”
Sherry Turkle. 2008. Falling for Science: Objects in Mind.
(Image of cover from here)