Ontology of Observing
THE BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESS AND
THE PHYSICAL DOMAIN OF EXISTENCE
Humberto R. Maturana
Conference Workbook: Texts in Cybernetics,
American Society For Cibernetics Conference, Felton, CA.
18-23 October, 1988

INDEX
  1. Purpose

2. The problem

3. Nature of the answer

4. The scientific domain

4.0 Praxis of Living and Explanations
4.1 Scientific Explanations
4.2 Science
 
5. Objectivity in parenthesis
5.0 Illusion and Perception: the traditional approach
5.1 An Invitation
5.2 Objectivity in Parenthesis
5.3 The Universum versus the Multiversa
 
6. Basic notions 
6.1 The Observer
6.2 Unities
6.3 Simple and Composite Unities
6.4 Organization and Structure
6.5 Structure Determined Systems
6.6 Existence
6.7 Structural Coupling and Adaptation
6.8 Domain of Existence
6.9  Determinism
6.10 Space
6.11 Interactions
6.12 Phenomenal Domains
6.13 Medium, Niche and Environment
 
7. Basis for the answer: The living system
7.1 Science Deals Only With Structure Determined Systems
7.2 Regulation and Control
7.3 Living System are Structure Determined Systems
7.4 Determinism and Prediction
7.5 Ontogenic Structural Drift
7.6 Structural Intersection
7.7 The Living System
· My Claim
· Implications
· Consequences
7.8 Phylogenic Structural Drift
7.9 Ontogenic Possibilities
7.10 Selection
 
8. The answer
8.0 Domain of Existence and Praxis
8.1 Cognition
8.2 Language
 
9. Consequences 
9.1 Existence Entails Congition
9.2 There are as Many Cognitive in Living System Domains as there are Domains of Existence
9.3 Language is the Human Cognitive Domain
9.4 Objectivity
9.5 Languaging is Operation in a Domain of Structural Coupling
9.6 Language is a Domain of Descriptions
9.7 Self-Consciousness arises with Language
9.8 History
9.9 The Nervous System expands the Domain of States of the Living System
9.10 Observing takes place in Languaging
 
10. The domain of phisical existence

11. Reality

12. Self-consciousness and reality

Bibliography


Edited by
Instituto de Terapia Cognitiva de Santiago de Chile