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The Essentiality of Dynamic Interfaces in Human-Environment Interactions

Version 1 : Received: 23 December 2019 / Approved: 24 December 2019 / Online: 24 December 2019 (15:03:37 CET)

How to cite: Arora, M.; Giuliani, A.; Curtin, P. The Essentiality of Dynamic Interfaces in Human-Environment Interactions. Preprints 2019, 2019120325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201912.0325.v1). Arora, M.; Giuliani, A.; Curtin, P. The Essentiality of Dynamic Interfaces in Human-Environment Interactions. Preprints 2019, 2019120325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201912.0325.v1).

Abstract

The environment impacts human health in profound ways, yet few theories define the form of the relationship between human physiology and the environment. Under current epidemiological constructs of causation, it is assumed that two complex systems (environment and humans) can transfer information directly. This is the underlying structure of the relationship when studies examine, for example, air pollution and brain health. In marked contrast, we conjecture that complex systems cannot interact directly, but rather such interaction requires the formation of an “interface”. Further, we contend that this dynamic, process-based interface incorporates components from all the interacting systems but exhibits operational independence. This property has many consequences, the foremost being that characteristics of the interface cannot be fully resolved by only studying the systems involved in the interaction. The interface itself must be the subject of inquiry. Without refocusing our attention on biodynamic interfaces, we cannot discern how our environment impacts health.

Subject Areas

biodynamic interface; environment; human; health; conjecture

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