Humberto Romesin on structural determinism
Our Genome Does Not Determine Us
Presentation made at the Remaining Human Forum
Vancouver, B.C., May 22, 2001


I think Maturana may have “jumped the gun” here by succumbing to the cybernetic vs. type of thinking and using a gun (a mere passive or ) as a metaphor for an active, living .

In my mind, the notion of external control so pervasive in does not fit well with the notions of and .

Unlike a (living) system, the gun has no other but to react to the trigger, except, as Maturana notes, in case of malfunction (which is not equivalent to choice).

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