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Humberto Maturana and Ximena Davila Yáñez: the Biology of Love

Ximena Davila Yáñez and Humberto Maturana

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On 1/15/2020, the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS, California) awarded its second international prize honoring scholars who distinguish themselves in the dissemination of partnership studies in different fields of academic study and research to Humberto Maturana and Ximena Davila Yáñez for their pioneering, international work through Instituto Matríztica, now Escuela Matriztica de Santiago, on the biology of relationships and love, in alignment with partnership cultural principles.

Humberto Maturana’s work, along with his colleague Ximena Davila Yáñez, spans over 23 years and has been particularly focused on the biology of love. Their invaluable research at the Instituto Matríztico, now Escuela Matríztica de Santiago, has become an influential scientific contribution to our understanding of the biological-cultural nature of humanness.

Maturana and Yáñez have published two ground-breaking books in Spanish, Habitar Humano en Seis Ensayos de Biología Cultural (2008) and El Árbol del Vivir (2015) in which they show how the emotion of love is operationally the fundament of the origin of living beings in the conservation of all molecular autopoietic systems. In accord with Riane Eisler’s partnership model, Maturana and Yáñez demonstrate how the evolutionary history of humanity is not centered on competition and aggressive striving but on love and cooperation.

In November of 2019, Humberto and Ximena released their latest book, "Historia de Nuestro Vivir Cotidiano" (History of Our Daily Living) in which they share—in a simple and profound manner—the basis and foundations of our human loving nature. This book should be released in English by the end of the year. The first edition in Spanish was sold out in a few months, so it promises to offer classic reading for curious people.

The Center for Partnership Studies Award was initially granted in 2018 to Antonella Riem from the University of Udine (Italy), for her pioneering contribution to World Literatures and Partnership Studies.

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Humberto Maturana y Ximena Davila Yáñez: La Biología Del Amor

Ximena Davila Yáñez y Humberto Maturana

El 15 de enero de 2020, el Center for Partnership Studies (CPS, California) otorgó su segundo premio internacional, dirigido a académicos que se distinguen por la difusión de los estudios socidarios (partnership studies) en diferentes campos de estudio e investigación académica, a Humberto Maturana y Ximena Davila Yáñez. Ambos han sido galardonados por su innovador trabajo internacional a través del Instituto Matríztica, ahora Escuela Matríztica de Santiago, sobre la biología de las relaciones y el amor, en consonancia con los principios culturales socidarios.

El trabajo de Humberto Maturana, junto con su colega Ximena Davila Yáñez, abarca más de 23 años y se ha centrado especialmente en la biología del amor. Su inestimable investigación en el Instituto Matríztico, ahora Escuela Matríztica de Santiago, se ha convertido en una contribución científica importantísima para nuestra comprensión de la naturaleza biológico-cultural de la humanidad.

Maturana y Yáñez han publicado dos libros innovadores en español, Habitar Humano en Seis Ensayos de Biología Cultural (2008) y El Árbol del Vivir (2015) en el que muestran cómo la emoción del amor es, operacionalmente, el fundamento del origen de los seres vivos en la conservación de todos los sistemas autopoyéticos moleculares. En conformidad con el modelo socidario (partnership) de Riane Eisler, Maturana y Yáñez demuestran cómo la historia evolutiva de la humanidad no se centra en la competición y la lucha agresiva, sino en el amor y la cooperación.

En noviembre de 2019, Humberto y Ximena lanzaron su último libro, "Historia de Nuestro Vivir Cotidiano", en el que comparten, de manera simple y profunda, las bases y fundamentos de nuestra naturaleza amorosa humana. Este libro debería publicarse en inglés para fin de año. La primera edición en español se agotó en unos pocos meses, por lo que promete ofrecer lectura clásica para personas curiosas.

El Premio del Center for Parnership Studies se otorgó por primera vez en 2018 a Antonella Riem de la Universidad de Udine (Italia), por su innovadora contribución a la Literatura Mundial y los Estudios Socidarios.

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Premio internazionale CPS a Humberto Maturana e Ximena Davila Yáñez

Ximena Davila Yáñez e Humberto Maturana

Il 15 gennaio 2020, il Center for Partnership Studies consegna il secondo Premio internazionale per onorare scienziati e scienziate che si sono distinti e distinte in ambiti diversi della ricerca accademica a Humberto Maturana and Ximena Davila Yáñez per la loro pioneristica opera internazionale attraverso l'Istituto Matríztica, ora Escuela Matriztica de Santiago, sulla biologia dei rapporti d'amore e di affetto, in sintonia con i principi culturali di partnership.

Il lavoro di Humberto Maturana insieme alla sua collega Ximena Davila Yáñez, dura da oltre 23 anni e si è focalizzato in modo particolare sulla biologia dell'amore. La loro inestimabile ricerca all'Istituto Matríztico, ora Escuela Matríztica de Santiago, ha contribuito in modo significativo alla comprensione della natura biologico-culturale della nostra umanità.

Maturana e Yáñez hanno pubblicato due libri innovativi in spagnolo: Habitar Humano en Seis Ensayos de Biología Cultural (2008) e El Árbol del Vivir (2015) nei quali dimostrano come l'emozione dell'amore, da un punto di vista operativo, è il fondamento dell'origine degli esseri viventi, nella conservazione di tutti i sistemi autopoietici. In linea con il modello di partnership di Riane Eisler, Maturana e Yáñez dimostrano come la storia evolutiva dell'umanità non sia fondata sulla competitività e sulla forza aggressiva ma sull'amore e la cooperazione.

Nel novembre del 2019, Humberto e Ximena hanno pubblicato il loro ultimo libro, "Historia de Nuestro Vivir Cotidiano" (Storia della nostra vita quotidiana) in cui condividono, in modo semplice e profondo, le basi e le basi della nostra natura umana amorevole. Questo libro dovrebbe essere pubblicato in inglese entro la fine dell'anno. La prima edizione in spagnolo è stata esaurita in pochi mesi, quindi promette di offrire una lettura classica per i curiosi.

Il premio Center for Partnership Studies è stato inizialmente assegnato nel 2018 ad Antonella Riem dell'Università di Udine (Italia), per il suo contributo pionieristico alla letteratura mondiale e agli studi di partenariato.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/16/19

Research Shows That Caring—Not Greed—is Humanity's Default Tendency

We Can Build More Humane and Sustainable Societies by Shifting Environments that Shape Our Brains Say Renowned Social Scientist Riane Eisler and Noted Anthropologist Douglas P. Fry in New Book Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives and Future, Praised by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California

Releases August 14, 2019 (Oxford University Press)

Everywhere we turn, from the news to books and movies, we are bombarded with the same hackneyed message: human nature is inherently bad. Just look at all the greed, murder, rape, war. We are genetically wired, it seems, for selfish, cruel behavior.

Or are we?

Challenging the notion that violence and greed are just “human nature,” Riane Eisler—International bestselling author of The Chalice and the Blade, social systems scientist and cultural historian—provides evidence that caring behavior is actually humanity’s default tendency, and that we can build more humane and sustainable societies.

Her new book with anthropologist Douglas P. Fry, Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future (Oxford University Press, 2019) explains why, and how. It reveals relationships between climate change denial and strong-man rule, fear-and-force based discipline of children and warfare, subordination of women and racism (and other forms of discrimination). And with the causes revealed in these relationships and others, more creative solutions are possible.

Neuroscience shows that the human brain is flexible. Through the interaction between genes and our lived experience, behavior patterns become woven into our individual and social fabric over time. To move toward the pro-social, cooperative, nurturing behavior (that brain scans show we are inclined toward) requires a shift from a system of “domination” to one of “partnership.”

In a domination system – whether Eastern or Western, ancient or modern – family, economic, and social structures support rigid top-down rankings. Historical examples are Genghis Khan’s, Hitler’s, or Stalin’s rule of terror and the autocratic family patriarch of earlier times. Nowadays, we see it in despotic rulers such as the religious heads of ISIS or a secular Kim Jong-un, and at the family level in abusive parental behavior.

In contrast, relations in partnership-oriented societies are based on mutual respect, accountability, and caring, and what Eisler calls hierarchies of actualization rather than domination. We see examples in cultures as varied as the peaceful La Paz Zapotec of Mexico where neither men nor women fit the roles of the domination pattern, demonstrating that boys can be raised to be caring and nonviolent; in the peaceful Minangkabau of Sumatra, where gender equity goes along with high valuing of caring for people and nature; and in European nations such as Sweden, Finland, and Norway, where women and men are partners, laws prohibit physical violence against children, and low poverty and crime rates and a generally high standard of living prevail.

The system we live in—whether it orients to domination or partnership—shapes politics, economics and other institutions, which in turn are inextricably interconnected with how we construct childhood and gender roles and relations. Indeed, what children experience and observe early on directly impacts how our brains develop – and how people feel, think, and act – including how they vote.

Nurturing Our Humanity shows connections that were invisible until now. Its multidisciplinary approach brings together findings from psychology, sociology, economics, and history with new evidence from neuroscience, systems analysis, anthropology, and gender studies to provide a blueprint for cultural transformation from domination to partnership. The book re-examines vital aspects of our lives, from sex, love, intimacy, parenting, and romance to human rights, social justice, politics, economics, violence, and values. It sheds new light on climate change denial, scapegoating, authoritarianism, and racism, and reframes contemporary disputes about biological and cultural evolution, economics, national and international politics, religious fundamentalism, and the uses and potential abuses of technological breakthroughs.

Other topics the book explores include:

  • Why the “women’s work” of caring for people, starting in childhood, has been devalued – and how to change this.
  • Why communist and socialist ideologies can’t save us—and what can.
  • The science behind how experience impacts our biology, and vice versa.
  • The how-to of “partnership parenting” and how all relationships are influenced by touch.
  • How violence and domination were normalized in sexuality, and why this is so dangerous.
  • Why people conform to authority, and how systems of domination are held in place.
 

Upending age-old assumptions about human nature, Nurturing Our Humanity shows how we can bring about change that is deep, thorough, and courageous. It gives us the roadmap to a more peaceful, egalitarian, gender-balanced, and environmentally sustainable future.

Advance Praise for Nurturing Our Humanity

"In a world that feels ever more dangerous, divided, and out of balance, Nurturing Our Humanity outlines the roadmap for how we raise a healthier generation of children and move away from a punitive and domination based society to a world that leads with partnership-where empathy, care, and community are valued above all, and each can fulfill our full human potential." —Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California, Filmmaker

"This is the book for our time! Eisler and Fry have put their minds and hearts together to provide an integrative vision of how humanity's cooperative nature can be nurtured and supported... Everyone should read this book... so together we can re-envision our future!" —Darcia Narvaez, Professor of Psychology, University of Notre Dame

"This fearless, beautiful, and very timely book is a radical reminder that humanity's truest nature is oriented toward love, partnership, gender equality, and peace. It is essential and transformative reading for every policymaker, philanthropist, activist, and change-maker interested in a more just, balanced, and peaceful world." —Jennifer Buffett, Co-President, NoVo Foundation

"This path-breaking book goes beyond the conventional divides hurting today's civilizations... It is essential that the virtues of partnership get stronger and the vices of domination are controlled." —Ernst von Weizsäcker, Honorary President, Club of Rome

"Nurturing Our Humanity explores the capacity for human happiness and its relationship to the development of sustainable cultures at a political and environmental point in history when we need it the most." —James McClintock, Author, Lost Antarctica

"Eisler and Fry show how we lived without war thousands of years ago, and how we can do so again. This groundbreaking book should be required reading for all world leaders and decision makers." —Sarah Parcak, Author, Archaeology from Space    

Riane Eisler

RIANE EISLER is a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and attorney whose research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. She is President of the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS) and Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies. A refugee from Nazi Europe as a child, she has addressed the UN General Assembly, the US Department of State and Congressional Briefings, and authored over 500 articles published in outlets including The Christian Science Monitor, Human Rights Quarterly, and International Journal of Women's Studies. Her book The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future is an international bestseller.

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Publisher: Oxford University Press

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ISBN-10: 0190935723

ISBN-13: 978-0190935726

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