The Dissipative Mind: The Human Being as a Triadic Dissipative Structure


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Series: Life Sciences Research and Development
BISAC: SCI089000
DOI: 10.52305/EFEI6691

Since the Nobel Laureate Ilya Prigogine’s dissipative structures and the outstanding work by Maturana and Varela, an exhaustive idea of what human mind is has lost its fascinating value and did not fund an epistemology anymore, falling down in the abrupt concept of a machinery or a mechanism. A failure, somehow, in interpreting what is life and the human being, arose from the dismiss of a sound epistemology or a basilar philosophic foundation of biology, which yet found an interesting contribution with Maturana’s and Varela’s scientific efforts. In this book, we attempted to build a new epistemological model of life and the human mind taking into account the intriguing model of Prigogine’s dissipative structure.

Our model addresses, for the first time, three modalities of dissipation, besides dissipation in the thermodynamic field, introducing a Shannon’s dissipation and a relational dissipation, able to give suggestive insights why life arose, mind developed and humans engage relationships. A new hypothesis on the origin of mind is presented. The book is exposed as an encouraging occasion to deepen our biological fundamental rules, giving amazing suggestion on our personal and social behaviours. Finally, it suggests a new psychotherapeutic approach to address important concerns about relation and affective life.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Foreword: Phenomenology of the Dissipative Triad

Chapter 1. Organisms as “Far From Equilibrium” Systems: Is Life the Ordered Byproduct of a Continuous Imbalance?

Chapter 2. Intrinsic perception, fundamental memory and adaptation. Shannon dissipation as an engine of complexity

Chapter 3. Shannon Entropy Dissipation, Chaotic Dynamics and Mechanisms. On the Origin of the Biological Evolution and of the Human Mind

Chapter 4. The Origin and Development of the Human Mind from a Dissipative Perspective

Chapter 5. Insights on the “Navigator Therapy” (or Vella’s method)

About the Authors





“This book represents a true novelty in the field of life sciences and epistemology. The authors have reached an authoritative expertise in the complex biological fields of neuroscience (SC) and immunology (SC, AV) and, with particular reference to Dr Giovanni Vella, who began the approach in the early 1990, in this editorial effort they attempted to elucidate the role and the underneath neural-psychic mechanisms of the Navigator therapy, a psychotherapeutic approach based on the “bodily-cognitive re-structuring.” Professor Tatyana Belikhina, MD, PhD (Psychiatrist-Deputy of Director, Center of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology, Semey University, Kazakhstan), and Dr. Geir Bjørklund (President- Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (CONEM), Mo i Rana, Norway)

“This book attracted my attention, the logical texture of a psychologist, because the authors attempted a bold effort to reach the “hard problem” starting from the apparently “crude” biology. I think honestly that this book deserves to be read and expanded in those fields where science debates too much little about the human being.” Nicola C. Capobianco, Ph.D., Psychologist, Italy


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