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Francisco Varela

was a biologist; director of research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, and professor of cognitive science and epistemology at the école Polytechnique, in Paris;

author of Principles of Biological Autonomy;

coauthor with Humberto D. Maturana of Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living and The Tree of Knowledge,

and with Evan Thompson and Eleanor Rosch of The Embodied Mind.

Francisco Varela died on May 28 2001 at his home in Paris.

"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."