I suddenly realise an important point in respect of the underlying premises of biology of cognition (with implications for understanding Pask, Maturana himsefl, von Foerster, and von Glasersefeld).
Conventional Darwinism has an unstated but implicit assumption that 'the emotional' is a more primitive (in the sense of 'bad') than 'the rational'. Maturana' of course. turns this upside down.
For Maturana it is our species emotioning that we have tended to lose sight of through our 'civilizing'. For him (via de Waal), our actual grounds for humanness and the divergence from the chimp, was due to an emotional predisposition which in essence concerned year long openness to the gender other, and responsibility and respect of the other (regardless of rank, and gender). THis fundament, for Maturana, provides the conditions of possibility for all else (including the rational). His point is that we have lost sight of the historical and biological sequence, and have allowed ideology to provide a different narrative - one in which the good and valued is the rational and the bad is the emotional. Maturana's point, is that our rationality has skewed the values and implications of the emotional aspect of human living - has inverted it so it is treated as abhorent or weak, or to be 'controlled'.
For Maturana, the emotional basis as a fundament, is to be 'got back to' and we need to 'bracket' the rational in order to grasp this.
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