Author H. R. Maturana
Born in Chile in 1928, Humberto Maturana Romesín was interested in animals and plants from childhood and wanted to be a biologist to investigate life that dies. A long period of reflection, reading Frederic Nietzsche and Julian Huxley, occurred during three years of complete bed rest.Beginning medicine in 1950, in1958 he received a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. His main contributions in biology related to showing that living beings are molecular autopoietic systems, and that if one follows the consequences of the fact that living beings do not distinguish in their experience between perception and illusion, one can show that: language as a biological phenomenon occurs as a flow of living together in coordinations of coordinations of consensual behaviors; and cognition as a biological phenomenon occurs when an organism operates adequately to the circumstances of its living, conserving its autopoiesis as a consequence of the operational-relational coherences with its niche that are proper to it in the present of its living as a feature of the history of evolutionary structural drift to which it belongs. Maturana passed away on 6 May 2021.

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Bloch S. & Maturana H. R. (1971) Oil droplets distribution and colour discrimination in the pigeon. Nature New Biology 234: 284–285. Fulltext at
Boycott B. B., Lettvin J. Y., Maturana H. R. & Wall P. D. (1965) Octopus optic responses. Experimental Neurology 12(3): 247–256. Fulltext at
Budnik V., Mpodozis J., Varela F. J. & Maturana H. R. (1984) Regional specialization of the quail retina: Ganglion cell density and oil droplet distribution. Neuroscience Letters 51(1): 145–150. Fulltext at
Coddou F., Kunstmann G., Maturana H. R., Méndez C. L. & Montenegro H. (1995) Violencia en sus distintos ambitos de expresion. Dolmen Ediciones, Santiago.
Córdova F., Doggenweiler C., Maturana H. R., Mpodozis J., Letelier J. C. & Moyano A. (1993) Alternativas de automatización para el guiado autónomo de vehículos cargadores frontales en una mina subterránea. Automática e Innovación 2: 67–63.
Dávila X. Y. & Maturana H. R. (2007) La gran oportunidad: Fin de la psiquis del liderazgo en el surgimiento de la psiquis de la gerencia co-inspirativa. Gestión Pública: Revista Chilena de Administración Pública 10: 101–124. Fulltext at
Dávila X. Y. & Maturana H. R. (2008) Habitar humano: En seis ensayos de biología-cultural. Edited by Juan Carlos Sáez. Santiago. Fulltext at
Dávila X. Y. & Maturana H. R. (2009) Habitar humano: Em seis ensaios de biología cultural. Ed. Palas Atenas, Brasil.
Dávila X. Y. & Maturana H. R. (2009) Hacia una era post posmoderna en las comunidades educativas [Towards a post-postmodern era in educational communities]. Revista Iberoamericana de Educación 49: 135–161. Fulltext at
Dávila X. Y. & Maturana H. R. (2013) Systemic and meta-systemic laws. ACM Interactions 20(3): 76–79. Fulltext at
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