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Varela, Francisco J. 1946-

Overview
Works: 146 works in 481 publications in 3 languages and 8,210 library holdings
Genres: Conference proceedings  Biography 
Roles: Editor, Speaker, Publishing director, Conductor, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee
Classifications: BF311, 153.4
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Most widely held works by Francisco J Varela
The embodied mind : cognitive science and human experience by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
51 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 1,467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On becoming aware a pragmatics of experiencing ( )
15 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 1,223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book searches for the sources and means for a disciplined practical approach to exploring human experience. The spirit of this book is pragmatic and relies on a Husserlian phenomenology primarily understood as a method of exploring our experience. The authors do not aim at a neo-Kantian a priori 'new theory' of experience but instead they describe a concrete activity: how we examine what we live through, how we become aware of our own mental life."--BOOK JACKET
The tree of knowledge : the biological roots of human understanding by Humberto R Maturana ( Book )
24 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This text explores 'knowing how we know'. Its authors present a new view of cognition that has important social and ethical implications. They assert that the only world we humans can have is the one we create together through the actions of our coexistence
Autopoiesis and cognition : the realization of the living by Humberto R Maturana ( Book )
17 editions published between 1972 and 1980 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What makes a living system a living system? What kind of biological phenomenon is the phenomenon of cognition? These two questions have been frequently considered, but, in this volume, the authors consider them as concrete biological questions. Their analysis is bold and provocative, for the authors have constructed a systematic theoretical biology which attempts to define living systems not as objects of observation and description, nor even as interacting systems, but as self-contained unities whose only reference is to themselves. The consequence of their investigations and of their living systems as self-making, self-referring autonomous unities, is that they discovered that the two questions have a common answer: living systems are cognitive systems, and living as a process is a process of cognition. The result of their investigations is a completely new perspective of biological (human) phenomena. During the investigations, it was found that a complete linguistic description pertaining to the 'organization of the living' was lacking and, in fact, was hampering the reporting of results. Hence, the authors have coined the word 'autopoiesis' to replace the expression 'circular organization'. Autopoiesis conveys, by itself, the central feature of the organization of the living, which is autonomy
Ethical know-how : action, wisdom, and cognition by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book addresses two of the most challenging problems facing contemporary neurobiology and cognitive science: first, understanding how we unconsciously execute habitual actions as a result of neurological and cognitive processes that are not formal actions of conscious judgement but part of a habitual nexus of systematic self-organization; second, creating an ethics adequate to our present awareness that there is no such thing as a transcendental self, a stable subject, or a soul. In summation, the author proposes an ethics founded on "savoir faire" that is a practice of transformation based on a constant recognition of the "virtual" nature of ourselves in the actual operations of our mental lives
Sleeping, dreaming, and dying : an exploration of consciousness with the Dalai Lama ; foreword by H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama ; narrated and edited by Francisco J. Varela ; with contributions by Jerome Engel, Jr. ... [et al.] ; translations by B. Alan Wallace and Thupten Jinpa by Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book is the account of a historic dialogue between leading Western scientists and one of the foremost representatives of Buddhism today, the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Revolving around the three key moments of consciousness of sleep, dreams, and death - what internationally acclaimed neuroscientist Francisco Varela calls the ego's shadow zones - the conversations recorded here took place at the fourth Mind and Life Conference in Dharamsala, India. With contributions from acclaimed voices such as philosopher Charles Taylor, psychoanalyst Joyce McDougall, psychologist Jayne Gackenbach, cultural ecologist Joan Halifax, and neuroscientist Jerome Engel, the book is both engrossing and highly readable. Whether the topic is lucid dreaming, near death experiences, or the very structure of consciousness itself, the participants in this unique exchange continually surprise and delight us with their discoveries of convergences and divergences between their respective traditions."--BOOK JACKET
Understanding origins : contemporary views on the origin of life, mind, and society by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 life, mind, and the social order, and these notions have all been found to be unstable in the face of theoretical and empirical challenges. In any given period, the central ideas on origin have had a mutual resonance, frequently overlooked by specialists engaged in their particular fields. The main purpose of this truly interdisciplinary book is the drawing together of contributions from biology, the cognitive sciences and the humanities into a joint exploration of some of the main contemporary notions which deal with the understanding of origins in life, mind and society. The book consists of four central chapters (on social organization, symbols and money, life forms and perception) followed by acute and perceptive discussions. The book arose from an international meeting held at Stanford University
Der Baum der Erkenntnis : die biologischen Wurzeln des menschlichen Erkennens by Humberto R Maturana ( Book )
29 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gentle bridges : conversations with the Dalai Lama on the sciences of mind by Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho ( Book )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A group of scientists and the Dalai Lama discuss the interface between cognitive sciences and Buddhist philosophy covering such topics as artificial intelligence, the brain, and the self
Principles of biological autonomy by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Toward a practice of autonomous systems : proceedings of the first European Conference on Artificial Life by European Conference on Artificial Life ( Book )
12 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The view from within : first-person approaches to the study of consciousness ( Book )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Investigating the brain "from the outside" using brain scanning technology, such as PET and fMRI, bring great precision to results. However, examining the "view from within" the brain isn't so easy. This book presents results of investigations, that examines the conscious mind "from the inside"
Thinking about biology : an invitation to current theoretical biology by Wilfred D Stein ( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'inscription corporelle de l'esprit : sciences cognitives et expérience humaine by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in French and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Autonomie et connaissance : essai sur le vivant by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in French and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Connaître : Les sciences cognitives : tendances et perspectives by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
3 editions published in 1989 in French and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Invitation aux sciences cognitives by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in French and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quel savoir pour l'éthique? action, sagesse et cognition by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in French and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kognitionswissenschaft-Kognitionstechnik : eine Skizze aktueller Perspektiven by Francisco J Varela ( Book )
10 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in German and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'Arbre de la connaissance : racines biologiques de la compréhension humaine by Humberto R Maturana ( Book )
3 editions published in 1994 in French and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En plus d'être une introduction à la biologie de la cognition, ce livre offre tous les éléments d'une conception nouvelle des racines biologiques de la compréhension. Forts de nombreux exemples, les auteurs montrent que l'acte cognitif n'est pas le simple miroir d'une réalité objective externe, mais plutôt un processus actif, enraciné dans notre structure biologique. Ecrit à l'intention d'un large public aussi bien que pour les étudiants et les chercheurs. [SDM]
 
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Alternative Names
García, Francisco Javier Varela, 1946-2001
Varela, F. J. G. 1946-2001
Varela, Francisco
Varela, Francisco 1946-
Varela, Francisco 1946-2001
Varela, Francisco G.
Varela, Francisco G., 1945-
Varela, Francisco G., 1946-2001
Varela, Francisco J. G. 1946-2001
Varela, G. Francisco.
Varela G., Francisco, 1946-
Varela G., Francisco, 1946-2001
ヴァレラ, F. J
バレーラ, フランシスコ
Languages
English (178)
German (38)
French (21)
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