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240 – As Everything in Nature, We are Autopoietic Systems …

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

There is nothing that empirically proves how interrelated we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and Humberto Maturana and Francisco Valera’s Autopoiesis does that for me.

The word Autopoiesis comes from the Greek ‘auto’ meaning ‘self’, and ‘poiesis’ meaning ‘creation: Self-creation.

An Autopoietic Systemis a network in which the function of each component is to participate in the production or transformation of other components within the System.’ [1]

Autopoietic Systems are self-bounded, self-generating, and Self-perpetuating systems.

  • To be Self-bounded means that the System’s extension is determined by a boundary that is an integral part of the network.’ Think of our skin.
  • To be Self-generating means that all components, including those of the boundary, are produced by processes within the network.’ Think of how an entire human body is produced out of two cells.
  • To be Self-perpetuating means that the production processes continue over time, so that all components are continually replaced while the System preserves its pattern of organization.’ Think again about the human body and how it preserves its basic configuration while most of its components are constantly being replaced.

Like any other evolving system in Nature, we are autopoietic systems. The human body, like that of a cell, a galaxy, the Earth, is self-contained within a boundary that is an integral part of us, it self-generates by producing our own components, and self-perpetuates by continuing the production process while maintaining our fundamental configuration.

The theory of Autopoietic Systems proves how the universal power of self-creation profoundly interrelates us with everything in Nature. And I believe we will be more rational and tender in our relationship with Nature when we understand this about us.

Revised March 2022

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[1] Contents in italics are excerpted from F. Capra’s “The Web of Life”

239 – How can we? …

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

How can we, the lucky ones, the people with ‘residual incomes’ who, with full knowledge now that what we are doing to the environment can be the end of us – all of us – continue doing it as if we are untouchable?

How can we?

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