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- adj. Of or pertaining to vitalism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or involving, vitalism, or the theory of a special vital principle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or involving the theory of vitalism.
- Noting the vital-germ theory of contagion (which see, under vital).
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On the other hand, there has been a revival of the ancient tendency towards what is called a vitalistic solution.
Hence the schools of thought called vitalistic and mechanistic.
But all their efforts to find a scientific answer to all the so-called vitalistic phenomena were failures. … rejecting the philosophy of reductionism is not an attack on analysis.
In 1839 he promulgated his famous doctrine of fermentation, in which he stood out firmly against any "vitalistic" explanation of the phenomena, alleging that the presence of micro-organisms in fermenting and putrefying substances was merely incidental, and in no sense causal.
I'm not saying we should get into these things - but we should be aware, in the background, that when we talk about the power of suggestion - there are lots of effector mechanisms that might be involved in translating that woolly "vitalistic" notion into mechanism.
But the primitive story is about exactly the opposite -- God is the amoral "vitalistic" force that is beyond good and evil, and honestly could care less about whether you worship him.
I'm not saying we should get into these things - but we should be aware, in the background, that when we talk about the power of suggestion - there are lots of effector mechanisms that might be involved in translating that woolly "vitalistic" notion into mechanism. [[
The vitalistic outlook had been fiercely defended by Louis Pasteur, who maintained that alcoholic fermentation can only occur in the presence of living yeast cells.
Buchner's work was important for several reasons: first, it discounted long held and popular vitalistic theories that considered cellular processes as fundamentally different from other principles of chemistry; second, it introduced a methodology that would allow scientists to break down biochemical processes into their individual steps; and, finally, the discovery of cell-free fermentation had opened the doors to one of the most important concepts in biochemistry
The newly published book, Green Medicine: Challenging the Assumptions of Conventional Health Care, by Dr. Larry Malerba, considers the vitalistic viewpoint of health and healing to be so essential to the green medicine perspective that its first chapter is entitled "The Unifying Life Force."
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