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Maturana and Varela’s (1980) autopoietic theory has taught me that the evolution of species and processes of “struggle for life” cannot be understood based upon the distinction of objectivity versus subjectivity. Those concepts do not exist in nature and do not make any sense as natural phenomena. What makes more sense in helping us understand the ways in which autonomous living systems (including human beings) are structurally composed is the concept of meaning.

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Why is it important?

To understand the forming of language is an impossible task when language is considered to be a denotative symbolic system for the transmission of information. Autopoiesis leads to the conclusion that language can only be connotative leading in the end that objective texts cannot reliably describe human experiences. To influence people the use of narratives have a scientific advantage in difficult to influence contexts

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This page is a summary of: Autopoeisis and meaning: a biological approach to Bakhtin's superaddressee, Journal of Organizational Change Management, April 2010, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/09534811011031319.
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