Francisco Varela
Chilean biologist
Francisco Varela
Francisco Javier Varela García, was a Chilean biologist, philosopher and neuroscientist who, together with his teacher Humberto Maturana, is best known for introducing the concept of autopoiesis to biology, and for co-founding the Mind and Life Institute to promote dialog between science and Buddhism.
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Joel and Michelle Levey: Nature, Spirit and Wellness
Huffington Post - about 4 years
We all know how nourished and enlivened we feel when we are immersed in the natural world. Walking or sitting quietly in the verdant forests, gazing into a clear, starry night sky, or beholding vast vistas from mountain peaks, the inner nature of our own psychophysical state comes into resonance and alignment with the greater harmony, balance, vitality, vastness, and mystery of our natural world. When we are living close to nature, we sleep better, breathe easier, are more at ease and less distressed, think more clearly and creatively, and are more likely to be more resilient. As many great scientists, innovators, and mystics have realized, time in nature brings us greater peace, deepens our reflection, and refines our receptivity to emerging streams of insight, revelation, and guidance. Is it any wonder that most of the great sages of our world such as Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Lao Tsu, Milarepa, and Black Elk were all illuminated during their long immersions in what Sufi ...
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Luego de una orden del Tribunal Electoral, la UCR no reordenó aún su lista de ... - Análisis Digital
Google News - over 5 years
A este último le siguen Marta Schwindt, Elías Ruda,Guillermo Bizzotto, María Scotto, Marcelo Casavecchia, Eliana Gerard, Francisco Varela y Edith García. Otro de los temas en los que ocupa a los partidos es la integración de las minorías frente a las
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测绘局副局长会见委内瑞拉航天局执行局长 - 搜狐
Google News - over 5 years
8月18日下午,国家测绘地理信息局副局长、卫星测绘应用中心主任李朋德会见来京进行航天国际合作交流的委内瑞拉航天局执行局长Francisco Varela先生。 双方进行了亲切友好的会谈,在卫星测绘应用合作领域达成共识,并
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DepEd wants P12.4B budget for classrooms - Inquirer.net
Google News - over 5 years
Francisco Varela, Education Undersecretary for Finance and Administration, said DepEd has requested a higher school infrastructure budget for 2012, higher by P1.1 billion from this year's budget. DepEd's current P11.3 billion budget is programmed for
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DepEd launches school-construction monitoring program - Inquirer.net
Google News - over 5 years
“This will enable us to strengthen our accountability in delivering results,” said Francisco Varela, education undersecretary for finance and administration. The program's national rollout comes at a time when DepEd is to boost its classroom
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FetchTV launches 'next generation' YouTube app - PC Authority
Google News - over 5 years
“We are very pleased to be able to offer our new YouTube on TV experience with FetchTV,” said Francisco Varela, Global Director of Platforms Partnerships at YouTube. “We believe FetchTV customers will benefit from easy access to thousands of popular
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“Dos policías que me defendieron pero los superaban numéricamente” - La Voz 901 Digital
Google News - over 5 years
Francisco Varela afirmó “Iba a Hernandarias a cargar gasoil, me siguió un auto y los paré, me preguntaron que hacía en ese barrio y me dijeron que me fuera a dormir, hice la denuncia policial. Esta mañana a las 6:30 fui a buscar a unas personas y me
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An Uncommon Ally for Science - Center For American Progress
Google News - over 5 years
The Dalai Lama's enthusiastic embrace of interdisciplinary research has brought him in contact with tutors including quantum mechanics experts Carl von Weizsacker and David Bohm along with neuroscientists Robert Livingston and Francisco Varela
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Los pinchos de Carballo saldrán a la calle este verano - La Voz de Galicia
Google News - over 5 years
En la presentación celebrada ayer estuvieron presentes también Santiago Trigo Mira, de la panadería Forno Novo; Mario Azpilicueta, del hotel Mar de Queo; Francisco Varela Iglesias, del restaurante Bergantiños, y Adrián Orge Vecino, del Xabarín
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Mago chileno deslumbró a la hermana ciega del rey Juan Carlos - La Cuarta
Google News - over 5 years
Ella me tiene mucha confianza ya veces me ha dejado las llaves de su casa y de su auto", confesó Juan Esteban Varela. El mandrake chileno también fue muy cercano a su tío, el fallecido científico Francisco Varela. "Con él siempre hablamos de una
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Luistro adds anti-terrorism role to DepEd's weighty plate - Malaya
Google News - over 5 years
DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Francisco Varela was designated as chairman and Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Tonisito Umali as vice chair. The members are Assistant Secretary Jesus Lorenzo Mateo, engineer Oliver Hernandez and Noel De Vera
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Entre a morte e a vida - Correio da Manhã
Google News - over 5 years
Um ano antes, o cavaleiro José Francisco Varela Crujo sofria uma grave colhida na arena do Campo Pequeno, em Lisboa, que o deixaria quatro anos e meio em coma vigil - uma semiconsciência marcada por lesões cerebrais irreversíveis
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Vodafone e Google portano Youtube sulla tv 29 Giugno 2011 - Telefonino.net
Google News - over 5 years
Francisco Varela di Youtube aggiunge: "Riteniamo che la Tv Connect rappresenti una fantastica innovazione per la fruizione dei video e non vediamo l'ora di sviluppare la nostra partnership con Vodafone nei prossimi mesi". TV Connect di Vodafone può
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La neurociencia de Francisco Varela - Neo Club Press
Google News - over 5 years
Desde sus estudios neurocientíficos, Francisco Varela ha elaborado un texto que por su contemporaneidad es imprescindible citar aquí. En El fenómeno de la vida, libro esencial de este eminente biólogo, se percibe un nivel superior de conocimiento al de
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Cambio de paradigma en la educación: Hable con un Pedagógica Re-Addressing - Pysn Pueblo y Sociedad Noticias
Google News - over 5 years
En el curso de estos descubrimientos, investigaciones de estas últimas décadas en Biología, principalmente los estudios de los chilenos Humberto Maturana y Francisco Varela entierran el viejo paradigma. Estos científicos reafirman la red como modelo de
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Francisco Varela
    FIFTIES
  • 2001
    Age 54
    Varela died in 2001 in Paris of Hepatitis C after having written an account of his 1998 liver transplant.
    More Details Hide Details Varela had four children, including the actress, environmental spokesperson, and model Leonor Varela. Varela was primarily trained as a biologist, and was fundamentally influenced by his teacher and fellow Chilean, Humberto Maturana, also a biologist with a strong philosophical orientation. Varela wrote and edited a number of books and numerous journal articles in biology, neurology, cognitive science, mathematics, and philosophy. He was a founding member of the Integral Institute, a thinktank dedicated to the cross-fertilization of ideas and disciplines. Varela was a proponent of the embodied philosophy which argues that human cognition and consciousness can only be understood in terms of the enactive structures in which they arise, namely the body (understood both as a biological system and as personally, phenomenologically experienced) and the physical world with which the body interacts. He introduced into neuroscience the concepts of neurophenomenology, based on the phenomenological writings of Edmund Husserl and of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and on "first person science," in which observers examine their own conscious experience using scientifically verifiable methods.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 40
    In 1987, Varela, along with R.
    More Details Hide Details Adam Engle, founded the Mind and Life Institute, initially to sponsor a series of dialogues between scientists and His Holiness The Dalai Lama about the relationship between modern science and Buddhism. The Institute continues today as a major nexus for such dialog as well as promoting and supporting multi-disciplinary scientific investigation in mind sciences, contemplative scholarship and practice and related areas in the interface of science with meditation and other contemplative practices, especially Buddhist practices.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    In 1986, he settled in France, where he at first taught cognitive science and epistemology at the École Polytechnique, and neuroscience at the University of Paris.
    More Details Hide Details From 1988 until his death, he led a research group at the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 26
    After the 1973 military coup led by Augusto Pinochet, Varela and his family spent 7 years in exile in the USA before returning to Chile to become a Professor of biology.
    More Details Hide Details Varela became a Tibetan Buddhist in the 1970s, initially studying, together with Keun-Tshen Goba, with the meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Vajradhatu and Shambhala Training, and later with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a Nepalese meditation master of higher tantras.
  • 1970
    Age 23
    His thesis, defended in 1970 and supervised by Torsten Wiesel, was titled Insect Retinas: Information processing in the compound eye.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Varela was born in 1946 in Santiago in Chile, the son of Corina María Elena García-Tapia and Raúl Andrés Varela-Rodríguez.
    More Details Hide Details After completing secondary school at the Liceo Aleman de Santiago (1951–1963). Like his mentor Humberto Maturana, Varela first studied medicine then biology at the University of Chile, then did a Ph.D. in biology at Harvard University.
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