Tertulias Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso: Complex System, self-organization and emotion

    Tertulias final

    El sábado 07 de noviembre, damos inicio a una nueva Tertulia en el Instituto de Sistemas Complejos de Valparaíso. En esta oportunidad, nos acompañaran los destacados académicos e investigadores: Katherine Peil y Stuart Kauffman.


    10:30 – 11:30: Katherine Peil: The evolution of emotions

    11:30 – 12:30: Stuart A. Kauffman: Toward Our Subjective Pole

    12:30 – 13:30: Discusión abierta.

    Convocatoria abierta, cupos limitados (20).

    Inscripción previa al correo: contacto@sistemascomplejos.cl integrando carta motivacional para participar de esta actividad (se seleccionarán los participantes de acuerdo a este criterio).

    Las exposiciones se desarrollarán en inglés (sin traducción simultánea).

    Katherine Peil: Founding Director of non-profit EFS International, whose mission is fostering global emotional wisdom. From a background in clinical and social psychology, her lengthy interdisciplinary inquiry into the biophysical substrates of emotion led to the identification of its previously mysterious biological function: as an ancient “self-regulatory sense” – an evaluative perceptual mechanism through which living systems directly participate in self-organizing and evolutionary processes. A former affiliate of Northeastern University and the Harvard Divinity School, Ms. Kauffman has spoken internationally on the function, evolution, physio-chemical, and informational nature of emotion, as well as its central role in optimal health, human development, moral reasoning, universal spiritual experiences, and its informative value toward creating nonviolence in a global village. Introductions to this work can be found at: http://emotionalsentience.com/

    Stuart A. Kauffman is an American medical doctor, theoretical biologist, and complex systems researcher who studies the origin of life on Earth. In 1967 and 1969 Kauffman proposed applying models of random boolean networks to simplified genetic circuits. These were very early models of large genetic regulatory networks, proposing that cell types are dynamical attractors of such networks and that cell differentiation steps are transitions between attractors. Recent evidence strongly suggests that cell types in humans and other organisms are indeed attractors. In 1971 he suggested that the zygote may not access all the cell type attractors in the repertoire of the genetic network’s dynamics, hence some of the unused cell types might be cancers. This suggested the possibility of “cancer differentiation therapy”. In 1971, Kauffman proposed the self-organized emergence of collectively autocatalytic sets of polymers, specifically peptides, for the origin of molecular reproduction. Reproducing peptide, DNA, and RNA collectively autocatalytic sets have now been made experimentally. He is best known for arguing that the complexity of biological systems and organisms might result as much from self-organization and far-from-equilibrium dynamics as from Darwinian natural selection as discussed in his book Origins of Order (1993). His hypotheses stating that cell types are attractors of such networks, and that genetic regulatory networks are “critical”, have found experimental support. It now appears that the brain is also dynamically critical.


    Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaiso, Universidad de Valparaiso.

    Doctorado en Ingeniería de Sistemas Complejos (DISC), Facultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

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