Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Rose: Lifelines

Autopoiesis and Lifelines: The importance of origins

Evan Thompson a1 and Francisco J. Varela a2
a1 Department of Philosophy and Centre for Vision Research, York University, North York, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3
a2 LENA – Neurosciences Cognitives et Imagerie Cérébrale, Hôpital de la Salpètriere, 75651 Paris Cedex 13, France


Lifelines provides a useful corrective to “ultra-Darwinism” but it is marred by its failure to cite its scientific predecessors. Rose's argument could have been strengthened by taking greater account of the theory of autopoiesis in biology and of enactive cognitive science.