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The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding Paperback – 13 Aug 1992

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 3rd Revised edition edition (13 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877736421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877736424
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 1.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" A refreshing and new approach to cognition— one which has dramatic cultural, social, and ethical ramifications. . . . While stimulating the imagination of readers it has, however, not received the scholarly acclaim it richly deserves." — "Journal of Religion and Psychical Research" " A book with great breadth and ambition . . . In the age of specialization, it is refreshing to come across a book with conceptual breadth and originality." — "Contemporary Psychology"

"A refreshing and new approach to cognition—one which has dramatic cultural, social, and ethical ramifications. . . . While stimulating the imagination of readers it has, however, not received the scholarly acclaim it richly deserves."— "Journal of Religion and Psychical Research "
"A book with great breadth and ambition . . . In the age of specialization, it is refreshing to come across a book with conceptual breadth and originality."— "Contemporary Psychology"
"An important milestone in our current efforts to recognize that science is not value-free, and that fact and value are inevitably tied together."—Morris Berman, author of "Coming to Our Senses "
"A beautiful and clearly written guide to thought and perception—something that, like life itself, we take for granted but do not understand. The authors were the pioneers and are now the authoritative figures in the science of cognition: their bookt

"A refreshing and new approach to cognition--one which has dramatic cultural, social, and ethical ramifications. . . . While stimulating the imagination of readers it has, however, not received the scholarly acclaim it richly deserves."-- "Journal of Religion and Psychical Research "



"A book with great breadth and ambition . . . In the age of specialization, it is refreshing to come across a book with conceptual breadth and originality."-- "Contemporary Psychology"

"An important milestone in our current efforts to recognize that science is not value-free, and that fact and value are inevitably tied together."--Morris Berman, author of "Coming to Our Senses "



"A beautiful and clearly written guide to thought and perception--something that, like life itself, we take for granted but do not understand. The authors were the pioneers and are now the authoritative figures in the science of cognition: their book is rewarding, thorough, and very readable to anyone curious about the mind and the way that it works."--James Lovelock, author of "Gaia: A New ""Look "at "Life ""on Earth "



"The ideas presented in this book are radical and exciting, disturbing and challenging. For the first time we are shown the outlines of a unified "scientific "conception of mind, matter, and life. The fruits of Maturana and Varela's "Tree of Knowledge "include the central insight that cognition is not a representation of the world 'out there, ' but rather a 'bringing forth of the world through the process of living itself, ' and the stunningly beautiful conclusion: 'We have only the world that we can bring forth with others, and only love helps bring it forth."--Fritjof Capra, author "The Tao of Physics "

About the Author

Humberto R. Maturana, Ph.D., is a biologist who teaches at the University of Chile. He is also co-author with Dr. Varela of "Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living. "


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The wrtiers are scientists who have spent two decades researching the nature and processes of knowledge. Their findings contrast sharply with many scientific reports: here they recover the wholness of knowledge and the connections between the knower and the known. They show the deep potential for relationship that is built into the knowledge process and affirm what they can only describe as love as the root of nature's capacity for knowing. This is demonstrated not only with respect to human cognition, but also with reference to the animal kingdom.
This is therefore a challenging and profoundly researched essay, yet it is also highly readable for the interested lay person.
Prof. Angus Jenkinson
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Surely the book is asking for extreme levels of attention and a slow intake of the subject that is presented to you since it's very likely that you are not used to the perspective the authors apply here. However, the journey is well worth is. It will enable you to understand society less from a ego perspective and more in a systemic sense. The foundations laid out here can be applied to so many common problems in life and
form an extremely important aspect in understanding human mankind itself in a completely different and profound way.
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A clear and valuable read of the journey into understanding the nature and relationship of mind and body by two brilliant scientists. Accessible to researchers and non-academic interested parties alike.
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Fantastic understanding of human nature. Some of the concepts that they bring are a breakthrough:
- structural couplling
- operational closure
- communication as coordiantion of behaviors
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