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  1. A Biosemiotic Approach to the Biopsychosocial Understanding of Disease Adjustment.Franco Giorgi, Francesco Tramonti & Annibale Fanali - 2020 - Biosemiotics 13 (3):369-383.
    The biopsychosocial model was initially proposed to overcome the normative assumption that human diseases are exclusively due to disordered biochemical and/or neurophysiological processes. The model attempts to explain how expectations, thoughts and feelings modify the patient’s motivations to deal with illness and recovery. By considering the physical health in this perspective, healthcare professionals may test the importance of socially and culturally shared principles in alleviating illness experience. The entire biopsychosocial hierarchy may thus appear as a complex network of relationships between (...)
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  • Semiosis and Bio-Mechanism: Towards Consilience.Rasmus Gahrn-Andersen & Stephen J. Cowley - 2018 - Biosemiotics 11 (3):405-425.
    In biosemiotics, some oppose the study of sign relations to empirical work on bio-mechanisms. Urging consilience between these views, we show the value of Alain Berthoz’s concept of simplexity. Its heuristic power is to present molecules, cells, organisms and communities as using tricks to self-fabricate by agglomerating ‘simplex’ bio-mechanisms. Their properties enable living systems to self-sustain, adapt and, at best, to thrive. But simplexity also empowers agents to engage with their surroundings in novel ways. Life thus not only generates know-how (...)
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