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Francisco Varela in Monte Grande: What Is Life?

Monte Grande: What Is Life?

2004 NR

Chilean neurobiologist Francisco Varela died at the age of 54, leaving behind a legacy of exploration of the mind and its role in human existence. This documentary features Franz Reichle's conversations with Varela in the final months of his life. In them, Varela discusses his insights on autopoiesis (the creation of the self), as well as spirituality, the relationship of mind to body and how autonomy forms our identity.