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

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.

Autopoiesis is a property of naturally evolving systems – molecules, cells, planets, galaxies – that allows them to recreate themselves by generating their own components and by conserving their own boundaries    while developing into the fundamental configuration of the species to which they belong.

Like any other evolving system in Nature – like a cell, like a galaxy, like our own Earth – human beings are autopoietic systems. We recreate ourselves by generating our own components and by conserving the skin that enfolds us and exchanges information with environments so we can adapt with a degree of flexibility, while at the same time developing into the fundamental configuration shared by everyone in our species.

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.

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2 Responses to “240 – As Everything in Nature, We are Autopoietic Systems …”

  1. Mundo says:

    Dear Kirk,
    Thank you always for your interest in the blog and for your encouragement. It is very much welcome. The blog is already ten years old and at the beginning I used to get lots of comments, but interest has declined to the point where now I just have a few followers. The subject is demanding, and I was probably unable to keep it interesting enough to attract a high number of followers. But I continue writing and posting not only because it keeps me growing but because I arise the interest of a person like you.

  2. kirk says:

    Hello Mundo (D’o) It is a bit late on comments for this blog entry but I have a couple. This entry (#240) had no comments yet when you created the earlier one on this subject (#37 — Autopoiesis) it had 1 and 2/3rds hundreds comments. Perhaps this one was too short for readers to get their mind around or something else. Anyway, the manner by which we can tweek out information about our present and very distant past from DNA (and Transfer — RNA) supports your thesis in a strong way. Since I have a couple degrees from UC Berkeley, I follow the CrispR-1 and other developments that are only the beginning of what may lead to another way of self modifying if not self creating using these tools.
    Write on fellow —

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