Beyond this, he augmented the basic theories with exploration and extension of relevant logic (the calculus of indications) and novel analytical constructs (e.g., complementarity; the star operator). His 1991 Embodied Mind laid the groundwork for an enactive cognitive science intended to overcome the dilemmas plaguing Western science's approach to the phenomenon of mind. Below is a list of his concepts and constructs which specifically relate to the biology of cognition / autopoietic theory. operational versus symbolic explanations admissibility for symbolic explanations autonomy (as a formal construct) analytic versus synthetic explanatory paradigms categorization of system characterizations and representations with respect to the dichotomy between autonomous and non-autonomous systems criteria of distinction. 1984: Visiting Senior Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany. : Professor of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. : Research Associate Professor, Brain Research Laboratories, New York University Medical School, New York, USA. ADVISORY COUNCILS / COMMITTEES The Lindisfarne Association, New York. Centri di Studi Epistemologicie Cognitivi, Provincia di Perugia, Italia. Fondazione Sigma Tau, Roma. Centro di Stidu Semoitici e Cognitivie, Universit di San Marino. PROFESSIONAL AWARDS Presidential Medal of Italy for Contributions to Science and Culture Interamerican Science Prize "Manuel Noriega" (O.A.S.) for Biological Sciences for 1986 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow - 1984 John S.
PUBLISHED PAPERS 1969 Varela,F. and K.R.Porter (1969) The fine structure of the visual system of the honeybee. I. The retina, s. 29 :236-258. 1970 Varela,F. and turana (1970 Time courses of excitation and inhibition in t).