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Varela F. J. (1999) Steps to a science of interbeing: Unfolding the dharma implicit in modern cognitive science. In: Watson G., Bachelor S. & Claxton G. (eds.) The psychology of awakening. Rider, New York: 71–89. Fulltext at
Excerpt: Cognitive science today, what is it to you? You being anyone except a brain scientist. I have structured this in four main key points. I will present them as slogans of ideas, or to be more precise, fundamental insights which rest upon about fifty years of good research, and which I take to be established results. After spending a long time in cognitive science laboratories you could say that I’m presenting take-home messages. These are not very personal interpretations, but an attempt to squeeze out the fundamental messages that can be seriously defended. There is no space for the detailed empirical and theoretical arguments here, but the point is that these are statements which are not arbitrary but can be supported by evidence from the long process of research. They are not just something off the top of my head or my own private opinions. I’m trying to take a reading and make it congruent with the underpinning of empirical results.
Reprinted in 2000 by Samuel Waiser, York Beach ME

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