Cybersemiotic Medicine: A Framework for an Interdisciplinary Medicine

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Today's dominant paradigm of modern medicine, which is based on a biomechanical conception of the human, is not efficient and the need for an alternative multi and trans-disciplinary approach is sensed. For this purpose, although Cybernetics and systems theory can fruitfully explain how self- organization occurs, they do not have a theory of signification. Biosemiotics is a good candidate for the development of such a theory and it seems rational to try to integrate it with cybernetics and with systems theory in order to have all of these in the same framework. This is what Soeren Brier (2008) attempts in his book Cybersemiotics. Soeren Brier's cybersemiotic model of consciousness and cognition is a combination of the Luhmannian triple autopoiesis model, second-order cybernetics and Peircian biosemiotics. This model is compatible with new views about health, disease and illness in which changes in the health status of a person can be the result of upward and downward effects of changes in hierarchy within the human being. This model is also compatible with the fact that each culture defines its own illnesses and thereby its own medicine; and considering this fact, and using semiotic anthropology, we can create spaces for integrating effective culture based medicines like

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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