Monte Grande [DVD] [2005]

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Special Features

  • Film stop feature: Use your remote control or mouse to access additional interviews and information on many subjects
  • Computer features: Watch the DVD on a computer for direct access to supplemental documents on the DVD and for direct links via web browser to online supplemental information
  • Interviews: Francisco Varela, H.H. Dalai Lama, Heinz von Foerster, Humberto Maturana, Jean-Pierre Dupuy
  • Topics: Additional background on qutopoiesis/autonomy, knowledge/wisdom/science, consciousness/1st person method, mind & life and arts/generating ideas
  • Places: Extra footage, slideshows and more from Monte Grande in Chile, the Lindisfarne Association in New York, and Ojai, California
  • Video clip: Making Empanadas
  • Film trailer


Monte Grande
It marked a tedious, at times excruciatingly difficult pursuit, but the Chilean-born neurobiologist Francisco Varela (1946-2001) spent his 55 years attempting to define how an individual's body and mind can become unified into a cohesive, integrated whole - a concept known as autopoiesis. From that conceptual springboard, Varela moved into systematic, non-linear investigations of such areas as consciousness, ethics, death and meditation. As directed by Franz Reichle, this documentary program explores many of Varela's beliefs, teachings and discoveries, supplemented by his own reflections and those of friends, family and colleagues. Participants include Evan Thompson, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, The 14th Dalai Lama and many others. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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