The Lindisfarne Tapes

Francisco Varela: The Logic of Paradise

Episode Summary

Francisco Varela, a biologist at the National University of Chile and author of Autopoiesis and Cognition and The Embodied Mind, relates his personal experience during the 1973 Chilean coup d'état to his personal conviction that ‘epistemology does matter.' Amidst the chaos of the coup, Varela experiences a moment of clarity and begins to understands the 'logic of paradise.' (Episode photo courtesy of

Episode Notes

The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings. In March of 2013 William Thompson granted permission to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to transfer the talks from the old reel-to-reel tapes to digital format so that they could be posted online and shared freely. In 2021, the Schumacher Center used the digital audio to create the Lindisfarne Tapes Podcast. Reposting should include acknowledgment of Learn more about the Lindisfarne Tapes here.

Varela delivered this lecture in 1978 at the Lindisfarne Fellows Meeting, “The Cultural Contradictions of Power.”