Preface to the 2nd German edition of Noosomatics Vol.I
The term “Noosomatics”
points to corporeality (Greek: soma) of the human being, which is the vis-a-vis to impulses from conscious as well as subconscious parts of the mind (Greek: nous). The healing tendency of a human being can be supported by these impulses; they can lead however also to erroneous ways of behaviors.
If according to common consent “mind” in its activities is situated in the neocortex
(in the cerebral cortex) and “soul” (Greek: psyche) in its activity of our feelings in the region around the hippocampus, diseases can emerge through noogenic influences, through noogenic blockades of
psychic energies. The term “psychosomatics” points to the effects, the term “Noosomatics” to the causes. Therefore we do not use the term “psychogenic” in the context of origin of
diseases: The soul does not make ill. What can make sick, are mental errors with their consequences, be these errors conscious or not.
The thesis of the personality of the human being consistently thought, leads for example to the
thesis, that even each cold is unique (special viruses at a special human being). However the alternative can not be to level the uniqueness by means of formal comparisons.
The problem of the large number can be solved however by physiology: The physiologically
describable feedback control circuits already known, correlate mutually and form mixing organisations. A vivid example for this is the nose. A receptor cell has about 40 receptors, which work together in collectives
of about 5 so that odors being taken in are identified through the mixing organisation of the work of the receptors. Memory cells help with the recognizing of already experienced and named perfumes. New ones must be
named first (must be taken into experience), otherwise they can escape of our conscious attention.
In the metaphorical sense we can speak of an individual mixing organisation in a human being, which
influences the individual mixing organisations in the organism of the human being. The subconscious shares of the mind can be differentiated as effects and/or products of befallen impulses from outside as mixing
organisations. Children learn through it to fit themselves into their environment so that survival and the interaction with the environment and themselves personally become as reliable as possible.
The phenomenon of “lifestyle” described by Alfred Adler, the application of the
question of meaning worked out by Viktor Frankl (from him we have taken over the term “noogenic”) and the continuation of the ideas of Viktor von Weizsäcker to the “pathic” lead to the
distinction of effect and intention, of effect and cause, and through that to a notion of function, which in its respective content can be recorded by its structure of meaning. So it will become easier to
differentiate between circumstances and a set of circumstances.
The co-workers at these volumes of “Noosomatics” have decided, that the texts are to be written in such a way,
that they can be read also by laymen. We ask the experts for understanding for that. However also the laymen we ask to consider, that the reading of more difficult texts can also be a pleasant work.
To all volumes of the series “Noosomatics” applies: They do not replace general medical
knowledge, but they build up on it. The results of our work should be help in understanding and support sensibility.
(Translations by software and corrected by Dr.Thomas Winkler and Christian
Preface cited from Noosomatics V, 1st German edition, Dec.12, 1993)
Noology is the theory of the mental processes and their effects in the human beings and on their environment; the literal
translation is: The theory of mind.
Important precondition for the understanding of human ways of behavior is the knowledge of ways of
behavior and their origin. The behavior, which with interest is turned towards the person and the befallings of “living”, that is: the adversive behavior, encounters us as possibility of behavior,
however not as a regular one. Also the conduct, which is averted from the person and the befallings of “living”, the aversive behavior, encounters us as possibility of conduct, however likewise not as
regular behaviors. At what time any person lets any behavior become reality in interaction with him- or herself or with anyone or anything non-selfic, is not subject to a general basic rule, since the uniqueness of
human beings always requires the consideration of individuality in our reflections.
The theory of the conceptions of “living” and of the figures of conception of
“living” wants to show, how nevertheless structural nexus can become nameable and accessible for knowledge.
That is - also with regard to contents - a decisive difference to the usual textbooks of psychiatry
The presentation of the usual terminology and their assignments follows the rules of
“psychopathology”, as Christian Scharfetter has followed them for many years. In the area of psychiatry a basic assignment is not so easy, since there the decisive basis of the textbooks consists very
much more clearly of the subjective position and its relation to a theoretical concept. Therefore the publishers of the series of “Noosomatics” have chosen the term of noology
instead of the term “psychiatry”. Thereby the theoretical reference is indicated directly.
The entrance of the specialty of neurology needs no further justification. The limitation on
actually genuine “science of nerves” needs substantiation: In Noosomatics II the cytology (science of the cells) is presented, the physiological place of the nerve cells. In Noosomatics VI, 2nd edition
the pathological phenomena are treated, which - seen physiologically - have extranervous causes like inflammations.
In the international comparison the German occupation with cordial affairs (cardiology) is also a
romantic affair. Usually this subject is treated within the area of the internal medicine. Since however the heart is no organ, but a muscle, and in addition very frequently in relations to subconscious performances
(and this not only at stress), this specialty in fact belongs to this volume.
This volume also does not replace medical knowledge, presupposes rather its appropriate application
and would like to open perspectives to diagnostics and advice and therapy, in order to seize the individual of the uniqueness of a human being. The state of research is no standstill-state, so that new knowledge
could not be considered after printing naturally.
To readers interested in science theory we recommend as an entrance to read point 8 in chapter
Into this volume prepublications have been taken up, which have been considerably revised and which
are only then noted separately, if others have been involved with regard to establishing the content. The different styles in the texts can thus be explained easily, especially since the request to write for laymen
(at least to some extent) clearly still has priority.
(Translations by software and corrected by Dr.Thomas Winkler and Christian Pfleiderer)