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The Corporeal Signifier Theory
(A.Lagache) : application to the succussed
high dilution research and homeopathy
To the GIRI Working Group (Stephan Baumgartner, Lucietta Betti, Leoni Bonamin ,Christian
Endler,René Halm, Elisabeth Malarczyck , Katia Martinho, Claudia Scherr)Working Document to prepare the next GIRI Meeting in Brussells, 12-14 November 2004.
1- General concept :
It exists different communication levels in the living organisms.
1-1-The molecular one using the concept of interaction « molecule-receptor »
the known consequences such as second messengers effects etc… It is a binary system
(molecule + receptor). It concerns only objects.
1-2-The communication in the psychic world
is only « informative exchange » . It is
necessary to define what is “information”. As an example, we will speak on information
-It is not an object
-It is transmitted by mediation [words, paper and ink, physicalvibrations of voice, etc.
-It exists only after reception by a receiver
able to interpret it if it has asense
for him: information becomes a « semantic signifier
It is a ternary system
of three inter-dependent elements. If onedisappears, there is no more information.
1-3-The Corporeal Signifier Theory
: A.Lagache (1988, 1997a, 1997b) proposes the
following: as semantic information exists between humans in the world of mind, we can
propose that information interpreted by the body may exist.
This means that the ternary system existing in mind is transposed for the
-Matrix of information that is the molecular object (strains in
-Mediation that allows the passage to the receiver (succussed high
-Receiver (the sensitive subject to the homeopathic remedy).
The rules observed for psyche information are the same in the case of the corporealinformation. Defining these ones, we will be able to read differently our experimentalresults. More than that, we will be able to imagine experimental models according tothis theory; the results will valid or invalid the theory.
2-The rules of exchanges of information:
As we said, it needs 3 elements (matrix, mediation, receiver).
2-1-Comparison of the two kinds of exchanges:
The perception of the receiver may induce an opposite effect
Transmitted always by a vector (mediation)
2-2-Analysis of the three element relationship:
(Bastide & Lagache, 1992, 1995,
This one is fundamental. The substance considered as the matrix of information
must have a significance for the receiver.
•It may concern products chosen according to the similia principle of
•It may concern products chosen in the isopathic model (identity between the
etiological substance and the remedy). A substance that is lethal or toxic whenadministered in high concentration may have no sense for the receiver after dilutionand succussion except in the isopathic model. Tested directly in an organism afterdilution and succussion out of the isopathy concept, it will show an effect only when itis in resonance with a specific part of the metabolism rather difficult to anticipate.
•It may concern products that belong to the organism such as biological
endogenous products: the relationship is evident and the experimental models are themost successful.
This concerns the choice of the technical preparation of the “homeopathic
dilutions”. It concerns the dynamisation process and the choice of the dilution tested.
It concerns also the choice of the controls (succussed or unsuccussed). The role of themediation (whatever the physical explanation) concerns the succussed solvent. Thesuccussion induces changes into the solvent (showed by NMR, Thermoluminescence,microcalorimetry, discharge in gas, etc.). At this level, many theories or hypothesiscan be introduced (e-crystals, clathrates, aggregates, electromagnetic mediation seenby the printing effect of succussed high dilution in electromagnetic devices etc.).
These hypothesis CONCERN ONLY THE MEDIATION; the effect in the body has to
be interpreted; it is not a molecular one as the only that we know is the classicalpharmacology.
This concerns the interpretation by the receiver.
The effect on an organism is summarized in only 3 possibilities (compared to
No effectA “physiological” effect (according to the starting hypothesis i.e
An “opposite” effect to the previous one (according to the starting
•No effect: no sense for the receiver; no correspondence; no resonance; due tothe choice of the matrix or the choice of the dilution. Wrong “control’ (i.e.
•‘Physiological effect’: all is wonderful! The model allows the interpretation of
the “corporeal” information received by cells, or plants or organs, or animals (Endler1994a, 1994b).
• Opposite effect (to the previous one or according to classical physiology or
by comparison with other experimentation):A misunderstanding (due to too strong information or weakness of the receiver, or
external conditions changing the equilibrium of the receiver etc.)Examples: Reilly (1986) and Aabel (2001) results in pollen treatment with a change inexternal conditionsExamples of opposite effects
: Arsenicum album
in plants ((Betti, 1997; Brizzi, 2000), andBaumgartner, GIRI 2003) maybe due to difference in the seeds and so on.
The “Arndt Schultz” law exists only in molecular system (read as a cybernetical
regulation by the organism, opposite effect according to the concentration like feedbacks).
The opposite effects in endogenous matrix systems (models of Endler 1994a, 1994b,
with thyroxin and frogs) is explained by an “excess” of information with Thyroxin 30D that isan addition to the normal thyroxin signal (too much gives opposite effect in information) etc.
A wrong interpretation due to a small change in isotherapic models between the high
The “zig zag” effects observed in serial high dilution effects due to either a
physiological or the opposite effect according to the “good” or “wrong “ dilution.
The suppression of molecular effect of Bonamin’s models (2001) with dexamethasone
is an isotherapy model; it proves that the effect of information is instantaneous ( as shown inmind, only the time to understand).
These indications should help the researchers involved in applying this theory to analyze thehigh dilution experimental results as shown in some examples. The validation of a theory goesthrough its verification by experimental results. No theory is available without these proofs.
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