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The disease: can we consider it as the best possible answer of our complex system?

Sara Diani


In the present study, I examine the core concepts of the Complex Systems and of the relationship between our complex system, the environment and its agents. By using the concepts of modulation of behaviour, reorganisation, autopoiesis and heuristic learning, I show how the activity and the response of our organism to different stimuli is always the best possible one for it. I argue that the disease is not something that befalls the body, but it is rather an active and dynamic set of processes carried out by our organism. It is an answer, a response to external and internal stimuli. I suggest that the disease is the best possible answer for our organism, by relativising the "best possible answer" to these four factor: the stimulus type, the environment that surrounds the system and the stimulus, the system predisposition and the system state when it faces the stimulus. This vision could completely change our theoretical and therapeutical approach to diseases.



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