The Life & Mind Seminar Network

A few places still available! – 1st June, London – The Embodiment of Life: The Legacy of Francisco Varela (1946-2001)

Posted in Seminars by mjsbeaton on May 25, 2011

The below event is well-subscribed, but please note that there are still some places available, registration is £45 or only £10 for students.

The Embodiment of Life: The Legacy of Francisco Varela (1946-2001)
1 June 2011
Birley Lecture Theatre – Centenary Building
City University London

Francisco Varela was one of the most innovative and influential cognitive scientists of the last 50 years. His unique ability to blend deep knowledge of neuroscience, European philosophy and Tibetan Buddhism has had a profound affect on our understanding of the immune system, embodied cognition, and the relationship between brain and consciousness. To mark the 10th anniversary of his untimely death, this symposium brings together some of those who knew Francisco and explores the way his work continues to guide investigations of human nature of many different kinds.

Among those taking part will be:

Stephen Batchelor (Buddhist teacher)
Michel Bitbol (Philosopher)
Paul Bourgine (Engineer)
John Protevi (Philosopher)
Antonino Raffone (Neuroscientist)


Valérie Bonnardel Guy Claxton* Amy Cohen-Varela Bill Lucas*

*Centre for Real-World Learning (University of Winchester)


The Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section (CEP) of the British Psychological Society
The City University Applied Visual Research Centre
The Colour Group (Great Britain)
The Department of Psychology – University of Winchester


Participation fees : £45
Members of BPS CEP & Members of the Colour Group : £35
Students : £10

For requests concerning the symposium, please contact :

Registration website :


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  1. NAVNEET CHOPRA said, on June 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

    The quality of interdisciplinary work of Fransisco Varela is the role-model for modern philosophers interested to know human mind and consciuosness from scientific perspective. I hope the like-minded thinkers will further the themes of his work and the meeting will be fruitful in terms of exchange of productive ideas from diverse disciplines.

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