How is it possible for body and mind to exist as an integrated whole? The important Chilean neurobiologist Francisco Varela devoted his entire life – from childhood to death – to this question. A main focus for Varela's work was the idea of building a bridge between the discoveries of the mind in science and the discoveries of the mind through experience.
Francisco Varela was a master of synthesis. Admired, controversial, and endowed with the intoxicating passion of an exceptionally gifted researcher, he has highly instrumental in shaping modern systems theory as well as cognitive science. He was a friend of the Dalai Lama and an unorthodox inspirer on the international scientific scene. Varela spent his life building bridges: between Western science and Eastern wisdom, neurobiology and philosophy, abstract theory and practical life.