The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Seminar #10: Monte Grande: Francisco Varela

Posted in Seminars by Tom Froese on February 8, 2007

Our next Life and Mind seminar will be next week, Wednesday the 14th of Feb., at 15:00 in room A103!

*Seminar #10: Monte Grande: Francisco Varela *

How is it possible for body and mind to exist as an integrated whole? The Chilean neurobiologist Francisco Varela devoted his entire life – from childhood to death – to answering this question. The structure of the film is based on Varela’s non-linear thinking and focuses on autopoiesis, ethics, consciousness, meditation and dying. The film also includes narrative accounts and reflections from Varela himself, his relatives, leading scientists, friends and thinkers, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Heinz von Foerster (the father of cybernetics), Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Evan Thompson, Anne Harrington, Humberto Maturana, etc. Three key concepts shape the film: the relationship between body and mind (embodiment), the meaning of self responsibility (autonomy) and spirituality.

Monte Grande: Francisco Varela (2005). A film by Franz Reichle. 80 mins

All welcome!

PS. In order to provide you with a better cinema experience we have booked a special room with all the necessary equipment. Thus, please note the change of room to *A103* in the Arts A building!


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  1. Joy Mangulabnan said, on November 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I love Francisco Varela!

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