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Titre du document / Document title

Towards a Biosemiotic Understanding of Potentization

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

Galego Carol-Ann ;

Résumé / Abstract

In this paper I demonstrate some of the ways in which semiotic biology enlivens questions surrounding homeopathy that have remained dormant within the biochemical framework. In the first section, I outline the process of potentization involved in preparing homeopathic remedies and explain its impossibility within the biophysical paradigm. I then distinguish potentization from dilution in light of the speculation, introduced by SAMUEL HAHNEMANN, that the succussion or “intimate mixing” of a solution awakens the dynamic power of natural substances. In the second section, I present the distinction maintained by biosemioticians between biology and chemistry and its inextricability from our understanding of open-ended evolvability and life as we know it. After outlining the rationale for studying living processes in terms of semiotics, I demonstrate the commensurability of this mode of inquiry with the study of potentization. In the third and final section, I provide an overview of the pivotal research conducted by JACQUES BENVENISTE, focusing on the ways in which it brings the study of homeopathy into the discourse of biosemiotics. I then consider some of the implications raised by Benveniste's experiments, and present the many questions that his research raises as a concrete indication of the suitability of biosemiotics as a method for studying the otherwise mysterious mechanism of homeopathy.

Revue / Journal Title

Homoeopathic links    ISSN  1860-3149 

Source / Source

2010, vol. 23, no01, pp. 19-23 [5 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Thieme, Stuttgart, ALLEMAGNE  (2005) (Revue)

Mots-clés d'auteur / Author Keywords

Biosemiotics

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Potentization

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Codes

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Water memory

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Benveniste

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Homeopathy

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Potentization

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Succussion

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Localisation / Location

35400060431195.0008

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