Author: Humberto R. Maturana

Board Member of Constructivist Foundations
Escuela Matríztica de Santiago, Chile
Short Bio
Born in Chile in 1928, Humberto Maturana Romesín was interested in animals and plants from childhood and wanted to be a biologist to investigate life that dies. A long period of reflection, reading Frederic Nietzsche and Julian Huxley, occurred during three years of complete bed rest.Beginning medicine in 1950, in1958 he received a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. His main contributions in biology related to showing that living beings are molecular autopoietic systems, and that if one follows the consequences of the fact that living beings do not distinguish in their experience between perception and illusion, one can show that: language as a biological phenomenon occurs as a flow of living together in coordinations of coordinations of consensual behaviors; and cognition as a biological phenomenon occurs when an organism operates adequately to the circumstances of its living, conserving its autopoiesis as a consequence of the operational-relational coherences with its niche that are proper to it in the present of its living as a feature of the history of evolutionary structural drift to which it belongs. At least this is what he claims in the present moment.
Constructivist approaches covered: This is the list of constructivist approaches covered in Humberto R. Maturana’s publications in Constructivist Foundations. For a list of all approaches see http://approaches.cepa.info Biology of Cognition · Theory of Autopoiesis
Scientific disciplines covered: This is the list of all disciplines referred to by Humberto R. Maturana’s publications in Constructivist Foundations. For a list of all disciplines see http://disciplines.cepa.info Biology · Consciousness Science · Epistemology · History · Philosophy
Publications in Constructivist Foundations
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Maturana H. R. (2017) Diseases: Loss of inner harmonies? Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 149–150. http://constructivist.info/13/1/149
Maturana H. R. (2016) Confusion of reflective domains? Constructivist Foundations 11(2): 213–214. http://constructivist.info/11/2/213
Maturana H. R. (2015) What is sociology? Constructivist Foundations 10(2): 176–179. http://constructivist.info/10/2/176
Maturana H. R. (2014) Understanding social systems? Constructivist Foundations 9(2): 187–188. http://constructivist.info/9/2/187
Maturana H. R., Bitbol M. & Luisi P. L. (2012) The transcendence of the observer. Discussions at the conference “the ethical meaning of francisco varela’s thought”. Constructivist Foundations 7(3): 174–179. http://constructivist.info/7/3/174
Maturana H. R. (2012) Reflections on my collaboration with francisco varela. Constructivist Foundations 7(3): 155–164. http://constructivist.info/7/3/155
Maturana H. R., Paucar-Caceres A. & Harnden R. (2011) Origins and implications of autopoiesis. Preface to the second edition of de máquinas y seres vivos. Constructivist Foundations 6(3): 293–306. http://constructivist.info/6/3/293
Maturana H. R. (2008) Anticipation and self-consciousness. Are these functions of the brain? Constructivist Foundations 4(1): 18–20. http://constructivist.info/4/1/018
Maturana H. R. (2008) The biological foundations of virtual realities and their implications for human existence. Constructivist Foundations 3(2): 109–114. http://constructivist.info/3/2/109
Maturana H. R. (2007) Systemic versus genetic determination. Constructivist Foundations 3(1): 21–26. http://constructivist.info/3/1/021
Maturana H. R. (2006) Self-consciousness: How? When? Where? Constructivist Foundations 1(3): 91–102. http://constructivist.info/1/3/091

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