Autonomous Movement of the Blood

A paradigm shift in the understanding of heart and circulation

The notion of the ‘heart-as-a-pump’ is at the core of the Cartesian, reductionist view of the human being which assumes that lifeless physical and chemical processes active in outer nature simply continue within the living. It will be argued that the cardiovascular system should be viewed as a multidimensional structure at four levels of organization, namely the physical, life, soul and specifically human. This webinar will demonstrate by examples from clinical and basic sciences that the blood possesses autonomous movement and the heart functions as an organ of restraints, rhythmically interrupting the flow of blood.

A paradigm shift in the understanding of heart and circulation

The notion of the ‘heart-as-a-pump’ is at the core of the Cartesian, reductionist view of the human being which assumes that lifeless physical and chemical processes active in outer nature simply continue within the living. It will be argued that the cardiovascular system should be viewed as a multidimensional structure at four levels of organization, namely the physical, life, soul and specifically human. This webinar will demonstrate by examples from clinical and basic sciences that the blood possesses autonomous movement and the heart functions as an organ of restraints, rhythmically interrupting the flow of blood.

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