A cognitive system is a system whose organization defines a domain of interactions in which it can act with relevance to the maintenance of itself, and the process of cognition is the actual (inductive) acting or behaving in this domain. Living systems are cognitive systems, and living as a process is a process of cognition. This statement is valid for all organisms, with and without a nervous system.I don't think M&V are speaking my language here. Plants are cognitive systems?
(Maturana & Varela, 1980, p. 13).
(This also looks to be at odds with Chemero's account, which is apparently limited to animals and which invokes perception and action. But, I've not read Chemero's account of perception and action in RECS.)
Maturana, H., & Varela, F. (1980). Autopoiesis and cognition: The realization of the living: Springer.