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Interaktives Personenverzeichnis

Humberto R. Maturana

Biologist, Cybernetician, Scientist - invented his theory of autopoiesis following in the pathways of Bateson, Wittgenstein, the social 'ricorso' of Vico, the self-production notion of Paul Weiss, and many others. He has spent his career elaborating this theory within a biological research programme in his laboratory in Santiago [above which was written "Experimental Epistemology Lab"]. Known world-wide as Humberto {except in Italy where he is "Umberto"}, he continues to elaborate his theory generating experimental evidence for the thesis that reality is a consensual communal construction while appearing to be "objectively" existing. The notion of "objectivity" is replaced by that of "constructivism". Humberto R. Maturana received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958. From 1969-70 he served as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Biological Computer Lab. He is currently a professor of physiology at the University of Chile, located in Santiago.


Never seen without his long, self-reknitting beatnik scarf; Speaking in circularities to hypnotise his audience; Infuriating colleagues by not referencing anyone other than himself [Maturana's theory of "self-reference"].