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I could spend hours talking about it, but that might be mostly pointless – it is usually easier for one to read the book itself, and besides what I took away from it is not a result of the book by itself and my ‘interpretation’ of it, but rather -in fashion with the book itself- of my past experiences, that have helped shape my awareness of such ideas. Good introduction to System theory, though, autopoiesis for the win It never ceases to amaze me how stupid some of the acronyms we use are.

Organisms must exhibit variance of the time scale of their environment and in a complementary “direction” in order to adapt remain coupled. Understanding this, you lose the passion for changing the other. Apr 28, Joe Raimondo rated it it was amazing.

It compels us to adopt an attitude of permanent vigilance against the temptation of certainty. Paperbackpages. To ask other readers questions about Tree of Knowledgeplease sign up.

I purposefully read this book three times in order to better comprehend as much as possible. The rest of this review is a summary of the deep and profound wisdom Conhecimfnto gleaned from the Chileans, so you may want to skip it if you haven’t read the book yet.

Unities may couple via inclusion conhecimeto organelles or recurrent coupling with the maintenance of individual identities individual humans. It compels us because, when we know that we know, we cannot deny to ourselves or to others that we know.


Uribe, is particularly known for creating the term “autopoiesis” about the self-generating, self-maintaining structure in living systems, and con Humberto Maturana is a Chilean biologist.

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A unity entity, object arvoe brought forth by an act of distinction. Nov 28, M. Its authors present a new view of cognition that has important social and ethical implications, for, they assert, the only world we humans can have is the one we create together through the actions of our coexistence. I highly recommend reading ToK before Autopoiesis and Cognition and possibly even foregoing Autopoiesis and Cognition altogether. All in all, a book that’s almost quite completely entirely unlike a something that is superficially similar to a masterpiece.

If you are interested in cybernetics, whole systems, evolution, epistemology, or any related discipline then this book would be at home on your bookshelf. Our brains quite literally are unable to perceive or rather, should I say ‘produce’? Trivia About Tree of Knowledge. Variation are the differences of structure in that series. Dec 11, Darin Stevenson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Different components of a unity may exhibit different degrees of heredity and variation.

Then on page 48, “We are proposing that the mechanism that makes living beings autonomous syst The authors present a unified theory of cognition and concept formation, that can be extended to explain knowledge, knowing, social interactions. Environmental input is imply one more “voice” in the “conversation” of internal dynamics. Now, those who conheicmento not live with objectivity in parentheses have a passion for changing the other.

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Dec 30, Andrew rated it really liked it. Our experience, however, is one of creative freedom; and in the way we see things, the behavior of higher animals seems unpredictable. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Utterly confused and lost partially in translation. I am a Christian, so I guess it probably sits well with me to have a moral system encouraging relationship, ‘being in the now’, and supporting altruism seemingly spring out of nature.


This quotation and the entire final chapter can be found at http: I think the big concept is autopoiesis, which is that in living things there is an internal unity and divider between the living thing and the environment.

The world we perceive and think about cannot be any other than the one we put forth through our own cognition.

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Thus, the world a 21st century American woman perceives and lives in, though ‘objectively’ the same, is filled with values, notions or lack thereof of right, wrong, old, new, roles, goals, that are for the most part wildly different than the ones through which, say, a native Mongolian in the 15th century perceived.

I like reading these technical books but I can never quite hang on to enough of the wow moments and ‘penny drops’ to keep it in my consciousness or communicate it to others properly but I’ll give it a go. It is not just that we are different because we learned different things. Recommended to zynphull by: Mar 03, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 04, Oliver Hodson rated it it was amazing. This book is most likely going to totally change your perspective on what it means to know.

The language is difficult and challenging and the concepts complex, it took me many attempts to get it, but worth the effort.