Pathologies: Mass Hysteria and Auto-Immune Disease

Palacky University, Olomouc, Czechia
Biosemiotics Gathering June 26, 2022

Abstract My research has long been focused on trying to understand creativity from a Biosemiotic perspective. According to my theory of biosemiosis, a system is capable of intentional behavior insofar as the effect of its response to a sign tends to reinforce that type of response to that type of sign. This entrains the system to achieve its goal (it’s always sort of backward looking), but due to the flexible nature of signs, room for creative improvement exists insofar as chance structures can be harnessed as signs to achieve new goals (or same goals via new means). Significantly, the kind of chance I am looking at is not random; it is constrained by the relative similarity and relative proximity of the biological signs.

The other side of creativity by such biosemiosic means is pathology, e.g., mass hysteria, auto-immune disease, and unhealthy addictions. Óscar Castro García, J. Augustus Bacigalupi and I (2021) recently looked at the biosemiosic mechanisms underlying what could be called learned pathological behavior of slime mold. The world has lately witnessed similar kinds of pathology in the “mass formation” behavior, noted by psychologist Mattias Desmet (2022), that has arisen from propaganda related to the pandemic. Desmet’s theory is supported, I believe, by Alexander and Grimes (2017), a biosemiotic reading of subconscious information processing and the etiology of unhealthy addictions. I’ll also look at James Lyons-Weiler’s theory of pathogenic priming in relation to acquired auto-immune diseases. I believe there are similar semiotics processes behind these three different kinds of pathologies.

Although pathologies may arise from the same kind of biosemiosis that give rise to healthy and productive creative actions, it seems to me that pathological actions may be much more regular. I will be exploring the nature of this regularity in view of some of Yagmur Denizhan’s recent comments/lecture on cybernetic systems. Systems that are not open to new information may impose self-harmful constraints through the too-strict application of filters without regard to context.

Alexander, V. N., Bacigalupi, J. A., and García, O. C. 2021. “Living systems are smarter bots: Slime mold semiosis versus AI symbol manipulation,” BioSystems 206.

Alexander, V. N., and Grimes, V. A., 2017. “Fluid Biosemiotic Mechanisms Underlie Subconscious Habits,” Biosemiotics 10(3) 337–353.

Denizhan, Yagmur, 2022. “Intelligence as a Border Activity between Modelled and Unmodelled” Collège International de Philosophie, Dept of French, Dept of Digital Humanities. 10 February.

Desmet, Mattias. 2022. The Psychology of Totalitarianism. Chelsea Green Publishing.

Lyons-Weiler, James. 2020. “Pathogenic Priming Likely Contributes to Serious and Critical Illness and Mortality in COVID-19 via Autoimmunity,” Journal of Translational Autoimmunity (3) 100051.

5 thoughts on “Pathologies: Mass Hysteria and Auto-Immune Disease

  1. ScienceWeeklyUS

    Re the 1st speaker

    Sciences of Meaning – and harmonization of method in biosemiotics –

    I’m a bit jaded re: theoretical physics at this point because they still, from time to time, slip into a romanticized

    view of the relationship between mathematical models/equations, and natural processes. They confuse the metaphor

    with an identity relation (“discovering the equation used by nature”, and “why nature prefers to use these kinds of equations”).

    My thought on this talk is: There are a theoretically infinite number of ways to encode information. Some are more complex than others. Natural selections prefer those she has found to date that work better, and more efficiently, than others.

    In many fields of inquiry, methodologists emerge who bring up the issue of standardization, or harmonization of method, in part because they perceive a route to have an impact. They almost always garner attention. But of what relevance is that attempt in and of its own merit? A standard methodology (or methodologies) in biosemiotics or in any field will tend to narrow the scope of possible solutions to be considered. It would tend to narrow perception.

    As a field of inquiry, biosemiotics would seem to be valuable as a type of metacognition, mapping relationships toward comprehension. It can be approached in a purely descriptive and qualitative manner, or more quantitative. ALL of formal methodology would therefore appear to be at its disposal.


    1. VN Alexander Post author

      It’s interesting that you were able to seize upon this issue just by viewing that first talk. In any emerging discipline there are always those who wish to codify the methods of research and specify the legitimate routes of investigation. (Claudio was referring to Marcello Barbieri’s–often brilliant but–very rigid way of thinking.) We can all learn from what happened with the Modern Synthesis of Darwin’s theory. It excluded a lot of interesting questions because unorthodox. Having entered the field of biosemiotics pretty early in its evolution, I have been able to witness the natural emergence of some converging ideas; it’s getting easier for us to talk to each other, even though we come from different places and different fields. There is agreement, but if you asked me to write the main tenants of the field, I would be uncomfortable with that, for exactly the reasons you state. Theories, modes of questioning are like living organisms; they evolve in surprising ways sometimes and you don’t want to select out those potential “hopeful monsters” in the group.

  2. Yellowd

    RE “The world has lately witnessed similar kinds of pathology in the “mass formation” behavior, noted by psychologist Mattias Desmet (2022), that has arisen from propaganda related to the pandemic.”

    No, that’s a falsehood. It’s not just “lately” …

    This brings me to Dr Desmet, “his” mass formation story line and his “teachings”…

    The official framing of the mass formation (or mass psychosis) “phenomenon” is misleading and wrong. The false hope-addicted psychologists and their acolytes want you to believe this is “just some temporary occasional” madness by the masses that has been going on for a couple of centuries when it is but a spike of a CHRONIC madness going on for aeons with “civilized” people — study the “theory of the 2 married pink elephants In the historical room” … see “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” ….

    One of these mainstream psychologists who have been spreading this whitewashed reality, Dr. Desmet, also fails to see that the PLANNED Covid Psyop is a TOTALLY deliberate ploy because he doesn’t think (after more than 1 year, even 2 years, into this total PLANNED scam!) it’s ALL intentionally sinister as he stated in a prior podcast (this makes him witting or unwitting controlled opposition).

    In the May of 2022 podcast with James Corbett he stated that “some people tend to overestimate the degree of planning and intentions” (behind the COUNTLESS, VERIFIABLE, FULLY INTENTIONAL, FULLY PLANNED atrocities by the ruling tribe of psychopaths over the last century alone) and see all of it as being planned which Desmet called “an extreme position” … Sound logical thinking is “extreme” and therefore false and sick in his demented delusional view!!!

    In his overpriced misleading whitewashing old material regurgitated book the psychology of totalitarianism he too states that “There are countless … examples that seem to point in the direction of a plan being implemented, such as the fact that the definition of ‘pandemic’ was adjusted shortly before the coronavirus crisis; that the definition of ‘herd immunity’ was changed during the crisis, implying that only vaccines can achieve it … [he continuous with several other obvious facts of an ENTIRELY PLANNED event, especially discerned through the totality of all these facts].” “SEEM to point in the direction of a plan”??? No! They most evidently, clearly, and irrefutably DO demonstrate and prove it IS a COMPLETELY AND FULLY DELIBERATE PlanDemic! A big scam. An Entirely Planned Holocaust against the non-ruling herd of people (see cited link above). A coherent 12-year old kid can figure that out.

    It clearly shows Desmet’s own complete lunacy. But because almost everyone in the culture is a member of mass formation (madness), including the “woke” people of the alternative media domain, hardly anyone recognizes Desmet’s lunacy. Not surprising that he has even become some type of popular “guru” among the adherents of the alternative media landscape and his whitewashed fake narrative strongly resonates with both mainstream people and alternative mainstream folks.

    With his false use of language Desmet obscures or hides the true reality instead of directly and uncompromising exposing it — aiding the obfuscation of the vital reality of what the ruling authorities really are. He does the same thing when he speaks of ‘the elite’ (as he does in a number of podcasts) when, in reality, they are THE SCUM OF HUMANS because they are REALITY-VERIFIED PSYCHOPATHS (see referenced source above). Yet in the Corbett podcast he “teaches” us that we, the masses, need to start thinking differently. Right… how about YOU start with sane instead of insane thinking/talking/”teaching”/etc, Dr. Desmet?

    How do self-styled “truth-tellers” wake up the masses to the so-called truth when they THEMSELVES use lies with their deceitful fake language???
    No one is “teaching” or “waking up” the ignorant masses to the CORE truths with lies, with the official “language of lies” (see cited source above).

    This all means Desmet is ALSO a member of the masses of lunatics, an ACTIVE CARD-CARRYING MEMBER of mass formation!!! When, if at all, will he wake up from his state of mass psychosis, his “invisible” stupidity? When, if at all, will he face the TRUE and FULL reality instead of hiding behind fantasies such as his whitewashed “reality” of human civilization?

    It shows we live in a global mental asylum with criminal and/or delusional mainstream psychologists, scientists, and docs as the guards, “teachers” and “therapists” … The blind/criminal/mad leading the blind/criminal/mad; the blind/criminal/mad adhere to the blind/criminal/mad = the human madhouse.

    Worst of all, perhaps, the mass formation/mass psychosis notion frames the problem as the public being a mere unaccountable non-culpable victim in this phenomenon (the gist of the circular argument is: the masses should change their thinking but they got brainwashed so they’re victims). Nothing could be further from the truth (see referenced source above).

    Desmet is right in that truth-activists must fight against mass formation psychosis (human madness). That also means exposing HIS deeply destructive mad part of it. This comment serves, in part, that objective.


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