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Autopoiesis and cognition : the realization of the living

Author: Humberto R Maturana; Francisco J Varela
Publisher: Dordrecht : Reidel, cop. 1980.
Series: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, 42.
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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, this book considers them as  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Humberto R Maturana; Francisco J Varela
ISBN: 9027710155 9789027710154 9027710163 9789027710161
OCLC Number: 185841332
Description: xxx, 141 s.
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 Neurophysiology of Cognition VI. Conclusions VII. Post Scriptum Autopoiesis: The Organization Of The Living Preface (by Sir Stafford Beer) Introduction I. On Machines, living and Otherwise 1. Machines 2. Living Machines II. Dispensability of Teleonomy 1. Purposelessness 2. Individuality III. Embodiments of Autopoiesis 1. Descriptive and Causal Notions 2. Molecular Embodiments 3. Origin IV. Diversity of Autopoiesis 1. Subordination to the Condition of Unity 2. Plasticity of Ontogeny 3. Reproduction, a Complication of the Unity 4. Evolution, a Historical Network 5. Second and Third Order Autopoietic Systems V. Presence of Autopoiesis 1. Biological Implications 2. Epistemological Implications 3. Cognitive Implications Appendix: The Nervous System Glossary Bibliography Index Of Names
Series Title: Boston studies in the philosophy of science, 42.
Responsibility: Humberto R. Maturana and Francisco J. Varela ; with a preface to "Autopoiesis" by Stafford Beer.

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