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Reconnecting biology, social relations and epistemology – A systemic appreciation of Autopoietic Theory

Reconnecting biology, social relations and epistemology – A systemic appreciation of Autopoietic Theory | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

This paper seeks to tease out the systemic character of a body of work that elsewhere in both the primary and secondary literature tends to be described, discussed and applied in fragmented and reductionist terms. The origins of “autopoietic theory” may be traced back to experimental work in cellular biology and neuro-physiology and to the concept of “autopoiesis” (a theory of living systems) itself.

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Indiscipline

Au programme : Conférences performatives Danai Anesiadou, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Harald Thys & Erik Thys Films & vidéos Sanaz Azari, Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck, Manon de Boer, Les Soeurs h, Eleni Kamma, Joachim Olender, Benoît Platéus, Louise Vanneste, Emmanuel Van der Auwera
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Mésologiques: L’horizon en tant que métaphore philosophique / Yusuke Ikeda

Mésologiques: L’horizon en tant que métaphore philosophique / Yusuke Ikeda | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
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The History of Civilization Mapped in 13 Minutes: 5000 BC to 2014 AD

The History of Civilization Mapped in 13 Minutes: 5000 BC to 2014 AD | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

Above, watch 'a geopolitical history of all empires, nations, kingdoms, armies and republics' unfold in 13 minutes.
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Raimundas Malašauskas – Les presses du réel (bibliographie)

Raimundas Malašauskas – Les presses du réel (bibliographie) | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
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Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas - BBC News

Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas - BBC News | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
A brain map built up from scans of more than 400 individuals has carved the "cortex" into 180 different compartments, including 97 new ones.
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Appel à projets : Origines et conditions d’apparition de la vie (IRIS)

Appel à projets : Origines et conditions d’apparition de la vie (IRIS) | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
Le projet de recherches aux origines et conditions d'apparition de la vie lance un appel à projet à la communauté de chercheurs de PSL.
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Evi Keller, la photographe qui métamorphose la lumière

Evi Keller, la photographe qui métamorphose la lumière | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
'Imaginez une artiste, diplômée de l’Académie de Photographie et de Graphisme de Munich, qui aurait décidé de coupler plusieurs approches artistiques à son monde intérieur, fait d
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Plasticités Sciences Arts : parution de PLASTIR n°42 

Plasticités Sciences Arts : parution de PLASTIR n°42  | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
NUMÉRO 42 (06/2016) Au sommaire :  - La déchirure de l’espace et la naissance du sujet – selon c.g. jung & w. pauli / Bruno Traversi - La créativité, enfer cérébral – de l’infini possible au périmètre cérébral fini chez les artistes par Bernard Troude. - Cervantès : la fiction don quichotte (de 1605) – retour au siècle d’or espagnol / Claude Berniolles  - L’hommage à marcel mariën pour commencer… – traverser les genres / Lorraine Alexandre.  
English abstracts available at :http://www.plasticites-sciences-arts.org/1216-2/
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Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain - « Edgar Morin » LES CAHIERS DE L’HERNE 2016, François L’Yvonnet (dir.)

Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain - « Edgar Morin » LES CAHIERS DE L’HERNE 2016, François L’Yvonnet (dir.) | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
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Les mutations humaines

Les mutations humaines | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

"Les mutations humaines : Comment philosophie, sciences et nouvelles technologies s’articulent-elles dans le contexte des problématiques éthiques actuelles ? La réduction objectale de l’humain, à travers la mécanisation et la hiérarchisation systématique des relations, entraîne un appauvrissement et une prédictibilité des…"

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Alberto Giacometti / Yves Klein review – one master, one mad genius

Alberto Giacometti / Yves Klein review – one master, one mad genius | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
Giacometti’s expressive sculpture captures the modern condition, but in this provocative pairing, it’s Klein’s fiery alchemy that takes your breath away
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Mathematicians Bridge the Divide Between Infinity and the Physical World

Mathematicians Bridge the Divide Between Infinity and the Physical World | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
A surprising new proof is helping to connect the mathematics of infinity to the physical world.
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A- Metaphorá-excerpts solo Marianne

METAPHORÁ (Public transport), production 2016, continuation of Errance Interactive, immersive installation, choreographic performance, audience participation.…
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A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings

A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris.
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The origin of our species

The origin of our species | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

Starting in Africa with our early hominin relatives (who are more closely related to us than to chimpanzees), visitors will travel forward in time to meet our ancient human relatives as they spread into Europe and Asia. The journey ends with modern humans as the only surviving human species in the world today.


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Japan's latest humanoid robot makes its own moves

Japan's latest humanoid robot makes its own moves | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

Japan's National Science Museum is no stranger to eerily human androids: It employs two in its exhibition hall already. But for a week, they're getting a new colleague. Called "Alter," it has a very human face like Professor Ishiguro's Geminoids, but goes one step further with an embedded neural network that allows it to move itself. The technology powering this involves 42 pneumatic actuators and, most importantly, a "central pattern generator."

 

That CPG has a neutral network that replicates neurons, allowing the robot to create movement patterns of its own, influenced by sensors that detect proximity, temperature and, for some reason, humidity. The setup doesn't make for human-like movement, but it gives the viewer the very strange sensation that this particular robot is somehow alive. And that's precisely the point.


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These Maps Show How Vast New Infrastructure Is Bringing the World Together

These Maps Show How Vast New Infrastructure Is Bringing the World Together | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

"If you want to understand the world of tomorrow, why not just look at a good map? For my (Parag Khanna) new book, Connectography, I researched every single significant cross-border infrastructure project linking countries together on every continent. I worked with the world’s leading cartography labs to literally map out what the future actually — physically — will look like.

It turns out that what most defines the emerging world is not fragmentation of countries but integration within regions. The same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together in much more concrete ways than today’s political maps suggest. Major world regions are forging dense infrastructural connectivity and reorienting their relations around supply chains rather than borders."

 

Tags: regions, map.


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ART & SOCIETY  OPEN CALL

ART & SOCIETY  OPEN CALL | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
Ressources culturelles et artistiques au delà des frontières géographiques et disciplinaires
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A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that its somehow linked to the brain. But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his brain.

Several years ago, a 44-year-old Frenchman went to the hospital complaining of mild weakness in his left leg. It was discovered then that his skull was filled largely by fluid, leaving just a thin parameter of actual brain tissue.

And yet the man was a married father of two and a civil servant with an IQ of 75, below-average in his intelligence but not mentally disabled.

Doctors believe the man’s brain slowly eroded over 30 years due to a build up of fluid in the brain’s ventricles, a condition known as “hydrocephalus.” His hydrocephalus was treated with a shunt, which drains the fluid into the bloodstream, when he was an infant. But it was removed when he was 14 years old. Over the following decades, the fluid accumulated, leaving less and less space for his brain.

While this may seem medically miraculous, it also poses a major challenge for cognitive psychologists, says Axel Cleeremans of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

“Any theory of consciousness has to be able to explain why a person like that, who’s missing 90% of his neurons, still exhibits normal behavior,” says Cleeremans. A theory of consciousness that depends on “specific neuroanatomical features” (the physical make-up of the brain) would have trouble explaining such cases.

In theory, the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes in the brain control motion, sensibility, language, vision, audition, and emotional and cognitive functions. But those these regions were all reduced in the Frenchman. He did not, however, suffer significant mental effects suggesting that, if an injury occurs slowly over time, the brain can adapt to survive despite major damage in these regions.

Cleermeans, who gave a lecture on the subject at this year’s Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness conference in Buenos Aires, believes that the seeming plasticity of the brain is key to understanding how consciousness operates.

He believes that the brain learns to be conscious. As such, few specific neural features are necessary for consciousness, since areas of the brain are able to adapt and develop consciousness.

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“Consciousness is the brain’s non-conceptual theory about itself, gained through experience—that is learning, interacting with itself, the world, and with other people,” he says.
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FastTFriend's insight: “Consciousness is the brain’s non-conceptual theory about itself, gained through experience—that is learning, interacting with itself, the world, and with other people,” he says.
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How research into glowing fungi could lead to trees lighting our streets

How research into glowing fungi could lead to trees lighting our streets | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
On a moonless night deep in a Brazilian rainforest the only thing you are likely to see are the tiny smears of light from flitting fireflies or the ghostly glow of mushrooms scattered around the forest floor. Both effects are the result of bioluminescence, the peculiar ability of some organisms to behave like living night-lights.

Bioluminescence has been “invented” dozens of times in evolutionary history and serves a variety of purposes, from attracting mates and luring prey to warding off predators. Its existence in fungi – a rare if not unique case of bioluminescence outside the animal and microbial worlds – has posed more of a mystery. But scientists may now be able to explain not only why certain mushrooms glow in the dark, but how – and in doing so they could be nearer to creating glowing trees as a novel form of street lighting.

Aristotle in 382BC and the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder writing three centuries later both observed the effect of fungal bioluminescence when they described the glowing light of the cold “fire” of damp wood. The ghostly glow later became known as “foxfire”, probably from the Old French word fois meaning “false”, and the phenomenon appeared in many works of literature, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when Tom Sawyer used it to light up a tunnel.

Naturalists in the early 19th century identified fungal growth as the source of the glow from wooden support beams used to shore up mines. Many fungi and mushrooms are now known to glow in the dark, and explanations for why they do it range from it being a useless by-product of metabolism to a sophisticated anti-predator adaptation.

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A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that its somehow linked to the brain. But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his brain.

Several years ago, a 44-year-old Frenchman went to the hospital complaining of mild weakness in his left leg. It was discovered then that his skull was filled largely by fluid, leaving just a thin parameter of actual brain tissue.

And yet the man was a married father of two and a civil servant with an IQ of 75, below-average in his intelligence but not mentally disabled.

Doctors believe the man’s brain slowly eroded over 30 years due to a build up of fluid in the brain’s ventricles, a condition known as “hydrocephalus.” His hydrocephalus was treated with a shunt, which drains the fluid into the bloodstream, when he was an infant. But it was removed when he was 14 years old. Over the following decades, the fluid accumulated, leaving less and less space for his brain.

While this may seem medically miraculous, it also poses a major challenge for cognitive psychologists, says Axel Cleeremans of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

“Any theory of consciousness has to be able to explain why a person like that, who’s missing 90% of his neurons, still exhibits normal behavior,” says Cleeremans. A theory of consciousness that depends on “specific neuroanatomical features” (the physical make-up of the brain) would have trouble explaining such cases.

In theory, the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes in the brain control motion, sensibility, language, vision, audition, and emotional and cognitive functions. But those these regions were all reduced in the Frenchman. He did not, however, suffer significant mental effects suggesting that, if an injury occurs slowly over time, the brain can adapt to survive despite major damage in these regions.

Cleermeans, who gave a lecture on the subject at this year’s Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness conference in Buenos Aires, believes that the seeming plasticity of the brain is key to understanding how consciousness operates.

He believes that the brain learns to be conscious. As such, few specific neural features are necessary for consciousness, since areas of the brain are able to adapt and develop consciousness.

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“Consciousness is the brain’s non-conceptual theory about itself, gained through experience—that is learning, interacting with itself, the world, and with other people,” he says.
nukem777's curator insight, July 10, 8:45 AM
FastTFriend's insight: “Consciousness is the brain’s non-conceptual theory about itself, gained through experience—that is learning, interacting with itself, the world, and with other people,” he says.
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Yves Bonnefoy, poème final  

Yves Bonnefoy, poème final   | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it
Le plus célèbre des poètes français contemporains est mort à l'âge de 93 ans.
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NOAA's GFS model visualized on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere

NOAA's powerful Global Forecast System model was upgraded on May 11, 2016, providing forecasters with a more accurate 4-D picture of how a weather system will evolve. The upgrade is the latest of a number of model improvements rolling out this spring and summer, thanks to increased supercomputing power NOAA acquired earlier this year.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 12, 1:28 PM

There's some good science with practical applications underneath this very artistic rendering of the planet's atmosphere...it is more fluvial than we give it credit for if we only think of air as empty space.  This video also reminds me of the words of one pilot and his perspective on both the atmosphere and Earth from above: "Geographically speaking, the sky is like a whole other planet encasing our own."

 

Tags: atmosphere, space, video, physical, fluvial.

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Cities are the New Nations

Cities are the New Nations | PLASTICITIES  « Between matter and form, between experience and consciousness, the active plasticity of the world » | Scoop.it

"Political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 2, 3:37 PM

Controlling borders and territory were the main factors in geopolitics for centuries.  In his book Connectography by Parag Khanna, he argues that connectivity and networks are more important today.  The world's most connected cities act in ways that transcend political boundaries.      

 

Sally Egan's curator insight, June 20, 6:46 PM
A great article providing an new insight into the development and role of World cities.