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De Maquinas Y Seres Vivos: Autopoiesis: La Organizacion De Lo Vivo

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La vision postulada en esta obra se centra en la nocion de la organizacion de lo viviente (autopoiesis) como caracterizacion de los sistemas vivos, cosa que permite entender la fenomenologia biologica en su totalidad y aclarar a su vez otros campos del entendimiento humano.
Paperback, 137 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Lumen Books/Sites Books (first published 1973)
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DJ
Dec 15, 2009 DJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Wow, I've never felt so mentally humbled in the shadow of a biologist. In the realm of arrogant physicists and mathematicians, biologists are seen as the housewives of science - keeping things clean and tidy while the real men do the work. I've met enough intelligent biologists to know that this is only the case most of the time, but Maturana is a giant. I feel no shame in admitting that this was one of the most difficult books I've slogged through and that I'd often spend 10-15 minutes on a sin ...more
Laura
Nov 28, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profound and rich. A thrilling blend of biology and philosophy. Just my cup of tea. Also very influential.
Víctor Bermúdez
GENERAL TABLE OF CONTENTS

EDITORIAL PREFACE
GENERAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION (by Professor Maturana)

BIOLOGY OF COGNITION

Dedication
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. The Problem
III. Cognitive Function in General
A. The Observer
B. The Living System
C. Evolution
D. The Cognitive Process
IV. Cognitive Function in Particular
A. Nerve Cells
B. Architecture
C. Function
D. Representation
E. Description
F. Thinking
G. Natural Language
H. Memory and Learning
I. The Observer
V. Problems in the N
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Ralowe Ampu
i was confused because i disbelieve in unities, save perhaps a single collective cosmic one, i guess. i get nervous even guessing that. unicity stays in question for me since one would need to convince the observer of an impermeable border. whether or not you're sold on the idea of a unity it's still useful to see how the idea is worked out here, and to consider the portability of this philosophical tool. i've heard the term "autopoiesis" float around for a while so reading this for me has been ...more
Ante
It was one the first Book related to autopoiesis! I did read it 30 years ago, exprcting that authors and other will connect it with religion (Gid is the most autopoietic person, almost only He), philosophy (Plato, Spinisa, specially Hegel and Heidegger are nearer to autopoietic concepts than Maturanata and late Varela, who before death started to learn Indiana philosophy), specially i did expect it in psychology, economics, and law? Only Luhmann who i met 1992 satisfied my interest! Anyway autop ...more
Leonardo
Nov 25, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref  ·  review of another edition
De acá es la definición de sistemas autopoiéticos.

Una máquina autopoiética es una máquina organizada (definida como una unidad) como una red de procesos de producción (transformación y destrucción) de componentes que: (i) a través de sus interacciones y transformaciones continuamente regeneran y realizan la red de procesos (las relaciones) que los han producido, y (ii) la constituyen (la máquina) como una unidad concreta en el espacio en el que ellos (los componentes) existen especificando el d
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Claudio
May 19, 2011 Claudio rated it really liked it
Shelves: ensayo, ciencia
Libro denso pero interesante. (Des)Afortunadamente basta con leer las dos introducciones (de Varela y de Maturana) para quedar enterado de todo. En realidad son 3 ensayos en uno: el de ambos (que originó todo), el de Maturana (explicando qué cree que debiera entenderse del libro) y el de Varela (colocando las cosas en perspectiva y haciendo una crítica al original). A mi juicio, vale la pena por el ensayo de Varela.
Gregory
Jun 16, 2013 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hard read, but ultimately worth it, will change the way you view living systems.
mauroo
The anatomical and functional organization of the nervous system secures the synthesis of behavior, not a representation of the world (p. 22)
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Chilean biologist and self-help writer. Many consider him a member of a group of second-order cybernetics theoreticians such as Heinz von Foerster, Gordon Pask, Herbert Brün and Ernst von Glasersfeld.

Maturana, along with Francisco Varela, is particularly known for creating the term "autopoiesis" about the nature of reflexive feedback mechanisms in living systems, and concepts such as structural d
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