What I meant to write was:
"Maturana dismisses the idea that human beings are 'physical', which
at first comes as a shock,"
On 14 Oct 2009, at 15:14, Roger Harnden wrote:
> Maturana dismisses human beings as being 'physical', which at first
> comes as a shock.
> However, as he says: "When `I look at a rock I do not say that it is
> 'dead'. I say that it is not living, or that it is a rock, or that
> it is physical."
> He goes on to reflect the mistakes made culturally because of the
> blind or unthought assumption that a human being (or any other life
> form) is in fact 'physical'. And I have to say he has a point here -
> I for one did always consider human beings as physical. And he then
> relates this assumption with assumptions as to objectivity and 'an
> independent reality':
> 'We belong to a culture that operates in terms of considering that
> we human beings exist immersed in an independent reality. This
> attitude is what makes us speak as if we human beings were physical
> entities existing in a physical space, and it is this attitude that
> leads us to give to the science of physics the epistemological
> preponderance that it now holds. But the understanding of living
> systems and of human beings shows that living systems are systemic
> entities and that cognition is a manner of relating, and not a way
> of referring to an independent reality that cannot be known or even
> talked about."
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