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(1992) Understanding origins, Dordrecht, Springer.

Whence perceptual meaning?

a cartography of current ideas

Francisco Varela

pp. 235-263

This essay was written for the purpose of providing a minimal common ground for discussion. It is, of necessity, an ambitious attempt to give a concise account of the various current ideas on the origin of meaning in living and artificial systems in such a way that it is accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, and yet substantive enough to produce debate among the specialists. I apologize at the outset to both groups for passages that will seem irritatingly simple or too abstruse.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-015-8054-0_13

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Varela, F. (1992)., Whence perceptual meaning?: a cartography of current ideas, in F. Varela & J. Dupuy (eds.), Understanding origins, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 235-263.

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