Category Archives: Varela

The Embodied Mind: cognitive science and human experience

The Embodied Mind provides a unique, sophisticated treatment of the spontaneous and reflective dimension of human experience. The authors – argue that only by having a sense of common ground between mind in Science and mind in experience can our … Continue reading

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Understanding origins: contemporary views on the origin of life, mind, and society

The question of origins is inseparable from a web of hypotheses that both shape and explain us. Although origin invites examination, it always seems to elude our grasp. Notions have always been produced which seek to interpret the genesis of … Continue reading

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Extended life

Read This paper  reformulates some of  the questions  raised by extended mind theorists  from an enactive, life/mind continuity perspective. Because of its reliance on concepts such as autopoiesis, the enactive approach has  been  deemed  internalist  and  thus  incompatible  with  the  … Continue reading

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Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory

Emerging in the 1940s, the first cybernetics—the study of communication and control systems—was mainstreamed under the names artificial intelligence and computer science and taken up by the social sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts. In Emergence and Embodiment, Bruce … Continue reading

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Distributed communities and nodal subjects

Read Drawing upon cognitive science and systems theory, this article examines a number of issues commonly undertaken in theorizing “online communities.”  The thesis is that current approaches to online community that focus on specific online “places,” such as LamdaMOO, may … Continue reading

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