To create a space for talking and thinking was the aim of the seminar “About Machines and Living Beings: To live and living together. Interdisciplinary Dialogues about Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela at the Universidad de Concepción” (in Spanish: “De máquinas y Seres Vivos: Vivir y convivir. Diálogos Interdisciplinarios sobre Humberto Maturana y Francisco Varela desde la Universidad de Concepción).
The activity, about the biology of knowledge and the impact in their different disciplines, since Biology to the Social Sciences, was held on November 11 and brought together teachers, students, researchers, professionals and technicians from different disciplines and institutions of higher learning across the country.
In the seminar, which also had the collaboration of Master in Politics and Government, and the Faculty of Engineering UdeC-, attendees went to the various conferences that the seminar offered.The first one was in charge of professor Rolando Rebolledo, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, who presented “About Inter-organization of open systems or interpoiesis”. Other exhibitors, all belonging to the UdeC were: Pamela Reyes, who presented the topic “Autopoiesis and Interpoiesis. A materialist perspective”; “A machine that can love” is the name of Edgardo Neira’s exposure; while Juan Pablo Staforelli spoke about “Experimental scenarios of dynamic closed systems”. Meanwhile, Carlos Herrera presented “Intelligent systems for manufacturing and living machines” and finally, one of the main organizers of this seminar, Carlos Zapata gave his point of view of the autopoietic theory in his lecture “Living in the language.”
The biology of knowledge, developed by Chilean scientists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, has been widely regarded in the global scientific community. Over the years, become the object of interest and application in various disciplines: Cybernetics and Systems Theory, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience, Quantum Physics and Chemistry, Psychology and Education, Anthropology and Sociology.
“We are glad and satisfied, because we wanted to produce a space for debate where, from a shared domain, everyone can contribute a new look. We did it and that was a very powerful experience. The public, who was a lot, were not specialist and however each of exhibitors managed realize his gaze from Physics, Mathematics, Art, Philosophy and Anthropology, and people understood. We also had a young audience, who made good observations and good questions. This helps to stimulate the dialogue, because the idea was to create a space for interdisciplinary dialogue”, said Dr. (C) Carlos Zapata, director of LABORG.
Other exhibitors, like for example Dr. Rolando Rebolledo (PUC), stressed the role of the audience. “The most interesting in this seminar for me was the high level of attendance. Especially, the high interest of the young audience. That interest to thinking that really is a gem, and I’d like to continue organizing activities like this seminar. We are used to hearing people thinking about something else, or sending emails and Whatsapp messages, and here people were very interested on discussed. Was an interested assistance in this two topics, Philosophy and Science, and that really feeds the interdisciplinary areas”, said professor.
Attendees exceeded 250, who thanked the access to information about the work of Maturana and Varela, and above all, specialized analysis by researchers who exposed.