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Medicine: The Decisive Test of Anticipation

  • Mihai NadinEmail author
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Abstract

Given the life and death extremes at which medicine operates, no other human activity is of higher significance to members of society, and to society itself. Therefore, it is surprising that, instead of aligning itself with the anticipatory condition of life, medical practitioners at all levels approach health from the physics perspective of reaction and reductionism. On the other hand, anticipation—definitory of the living—could prove to be consequential if the perspective it opens would become the backbone of medicine. The study discusses the reported negative effects of healthcare and medical practice based on the mechanical model provided by physics-dominated science. Acknowledging technological progress in medicine, the study also provides actual expressions of anticipation important for the theory and practice of medicine. Complexity is examined as a characteristic of anticipatory systems. Lastly, the study suggests concrete steps towards an anticipation-grounded medical education.

Keywords

Anticipation Complexity Control Fractionating Mechanics-based medicine Education 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The research reported herein took place between 2005 and 2015. Data was acquired in the AnticipationScope and in a variety of experiments using Microsoft Kinect. Among those who assisted during these years are the late Dean Burt Moore (School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT-Dallas), Melinda Andrews, Dr. Navzer Engineer, Dr. Balakrishnan Prabakharan, Robert Fuentes, Dr. Gaurav Pradhan. The research was supported by the University of Texas at Dallas, TZI (Bremen Germany), and Microsoft. The author is indebted to the reviewers for their suggestions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.antÉ—Institute for Research in Anticipatory SystemsUniversity of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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