Monday, March 21, 2011

tribute to Tao: Who will carry on with your work, once you're gone?

the grave of Gregory Bateson: Pacific in front of Esalen, Big Sur, CA
Before he passed away, someone asked an ailing Gregory Bateson:
"Who will carry on with your work, once you're gone?"
Bateson replied:
"A man by the name of Humberto Maturana out of Santiago, Chile. He has been doing some very interesting research that compliments my work."

Francisco Javier Varela García (Santiago, Chile, 7 September 7, 1946 – Paris, May 28, 2001)

"Why do emergent selves, virtual identities, pop up all over the place, creating worlds, whether at the mind/body level, the cellular level, or the transorganism level? This phenomenon is something so productive that it doesn't cease creating entirely new realms: life, mind, and societies. Yet these emergent selves are based on processes so shifty, so ungrounded, that we have an apparent paradox between the solidity of what appears to show up and its groundlessness. That, to me, is the key and eternal question."

Humberto Maturana (Santiago, Chile,  September 14,  1928)
«Conservation is not for the earth, it is for ourselves; biodiversity is important for our physiological, psycological, relational, aesthetic ... wellness. [...] It is a problem of desire»


  1. Amazing scenery on top of page, and nice to hear the Dalai Lama talk.

  2. Glad you liked it. Actually, - for me - more than a beautiful ocean view and a talk by the Dalai Lama, these were an homage to the man who, at the end of his life, was admiring that view in his last days, and to the man of which the Dalai Lama was talking about.


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