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Institute for Human Biology
Human Science – To the Benefit of Us All

Introducing Human Biology

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What is Human Biology ?

Biology means science of life. Human Biology is the down-to earth natural science of human life. As a science, Human Biology evolved out of the archaic fundamental question “What is human life all about?” 

Human Biology is a continuation of classical Greek Natural Philosophy that studied human life in context. 

Human Biology studies those aspects of human life that are tangible and logically understandable - a human organism (human anatomy) in function interacting with its environment under the known Laws of Nature (e.g. physics, chemistry).

Human Biology explains human behaviour scientifically and logically based on laws of nature as a logic scientific alternative to limited theorems of Psychology.

Significant Benefits to Society

There is virtually no human activity whatsoever - private, leisure, social, professional - to that an understanding of Human Biology could not contribute substantially; particularly so when it comes to vital actions such as sleeping, learning, eating, communicating, relationships, mental and physical healing and staying healthy etc.

Education, Community planning, technology design, economy, politics, and in particular all health professions can benefit enormously from considering human nature in order to be beneficial to society.

Human Biology also complements, bridges, and supports spiritual aspects of being human.  It is the fundamentally useful natural science about how to skilfully operate your physical body, the biological "vehicle of your soul".

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Purpose of Human Biology

The purpose of Human Biology is to study human anatomy in function in order to provide individuals and society with guidelines for an optimum quality of life.

Human Biology studies how and to what purpose a human organism (anatomy) interacts at all times with the totality of its environment, which includes other humans as part. In other words, Human Biology studies human anatomy performing the continuous action of living.

the biological definition of Behaviour is the action called living. It is the action of physically and energetically interacting with environment and self-maintaining the anatomical form. 

Human Biology provides a detailed and consequent logic scientific explanation of human behaviour that offers practically applicable understanding and may differ significantly from the theorems of Psychology, which assume existence of a "Psyche" to explain behaviour.

Human Biology studies Life Dynamics and Interactions of the human organism based on its anatomy and physiology subjected to the Laws of Nature. 

Human Biology is a multidisciplinary integrating systemic science. The purpose is to practically apply multidisciplinary natural science and a functional understanding of living human anatomy - its requirements, limitations, and possibilities - in order to improve human life. 

In simple words, Human Biology is the science of making practical sense of specialized natural sciences to the benefit of all.

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The purpose of Human Biology is to scientifically answers the most fundamental questions dictated by the human body blueprint (anatomy and physiology) functioning under the Laws of Nature:

  •    What are biologically ideal human life conditions ?
  •    What is biologically ideal human behaviour ?
  •    In what direction must humanity steer to get there ?

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Scientific Significance

In modern science Human Biology holds quite a unique position as a natural science for two reasons. Human Biology

  •    Has a unique proactive Scientific Quest
  •    Employs a unique Scientific Method

Unique Scientific Quest

Human Biology has a profoundly fundamental and very practical global task: Improve human life conditions towards biologically ideal individual existence and optimum conditions for continuation of the species.

Human Biology has a precise definition of what “ideal” means. In common terms, "ideal" means optimum mental and physical health and consequently optimum emotional balance. 

This can be achieved by every individual by interacting optimally (behaviour) with an optimal environment. Both optima are ultimately defined be the "design" of the human organism (anatomy) and the framework of the Laws of Nature.

The Quest of Human Biology is to determine these optima in order to serve society with suggestions how to achieve them.

Unique Scientific Method

Most mainstream research focuses on structure and biomechanical processes. This common quest is called Physiology, finding answers to “how things work”. Physiological data are of little benefit to society; they are only useful to develop repair methodologies for structures and processes that are considered to be"malfunctioning". 

The method of physiological research cannot reveal any information about function or purposes of processes nor about systemic interaction with environment, behavioural aspects of life, or functional causes. 

The action of living cannot be fixed or repaired. It can be hindered or improved.

Human Biology studies functions and purposes of anatomy and its physiological processes. The science finds answers to “why and to what purpose" these processes happen in a dynamic multidimensional system of that a human organism is integral part. 

This systemic Quest of Human Biology is called Ergonomy. The Greek word “εργον” (ergon) means “function”. Understanding functions (to what purpose something happens) can serve to support and optimize the action of living.

The Quest of Human Biology goes far beyond reactive symptom-fighting and repair attempts. It's quest is to detect purposes, causalities, and causes as-well-as to proactively determine optimal functional condition for human life.

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Scientific Challenge

Human Biology studies functions and purposes - Ergonomy. Functions and Purposes cannot be observed, they can only be concluded (see Mathematics). Researching functions is intellectually magnitudes more demanding than any observational study or lab research that is basically simple physiological data collection and statistical data processing. 

Ergonomic research requires absolute consequent logic discipline. It requires neutral analysis, systematic thinking, and the capacity to create logical conclusion by avoiding any assumption.

Common observational research first develops a thesis (assumption) and then attempts to confirm it experimentally or statistically. Assumptions have no place in Human Biology. The research procedure in Human Biology asks a neutral question, collect appropriate interdisciplinary scientific information, and answers the question with strictly logical conclusions; it is the classical Aristotelian method of logical science.

The greatest and unique challenge of Human Biology is that its object of interest are individuals of a living species that has ignorantly self-domesticated itself to a point where it can no longer be observed in its near-optimum environmental habitat today. 

There are virtually no longer any organic free-run humans existing on the planet that could be observed for relevant scientific reference. 

There are virtually only consequent scientific logical conclusions based on human anatomy and physiology and known laws of nature left that can be beneficial to humanity in terms of improved health, quality of life, and existential chances for future generations.

Human Biology as a natural science has the intellectually challenging task to deliver this type of fundamentally vital information to society.

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History of Human Biology

The Golden Age of Integrative Human Science

The 5 last centuries B.C. were the golden age of integrative human science in the Western world on a level that is not reached again today. Natural philosophy evolved into human science that reached a peak around the 4th century B.C. with the most prominent human scientists (natural philosophers) of classical ancient Greek such as Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle etc.


the great natural philosopher and scientist became the educator and life-long advisor of Alexander the Great that founded the first center of knowledge we know of in the Western world – the academy and libraries of Alexandria (today's Egypt). Alexandria had the declared purpose of collecting, recording, exchanging and discussing contextual knowledge about human life and the functioning of the cosmos. 

In those days long past, all sciences had the direct practical purpose to proactively increase human quality of life.

Hippocratic Diversion

In the 4th century BC, another Greek called Hippocrates founded a trade school with the declared purpose to correct and treat individual malfunctions as defined by symptoms. That school evolved into today’s medicine and healing arts. Medicine - up to today - is no human science. Medicine is by definition and intent a trade, the profession of applying treatment methodologies and technologies.

Dark Ages of Human Science

All Western sciences - in particular human sciences - suffered a severe blow when the academies and libraries of Alexandria were destroyed by two consecutive Roman invasions during the 1st century BC. Recorded wisdom evolved and recorded over millenia was lost. It is a gigantic loss of wisdom from that human sciences have not recovered up to today.

After Caesar's death in the first century BC, the Roman Empire started to disintegrate. Science in all fields became scattered and no longer had the cultural conditions to bloom.

In the 4th century A.D. in an increasing political chaos, Roman emperors Constantine the Great and Theodosius I progressively imposed a purposefully constructed manipulative state religion by force in an attempt to keep the pieces of their fractured empire together.

The dogmas of this state religion were in clear conflict with the long established logics of natural science. In particular human science became a threat to authoritative power and was prosecuted as heretic activity on death penalty. 

Public education collapsed. The vast majority of the population eventually became illiterate. Knowledge provided to a selcted few was strictly controlled.  This terminal political blow to human science still affects us today. 

Europe dove subsequently into a full millennium of wars and famines. Knowledge as such was locked under close guard and accessible only to a selected few. Around the 13th century A.D. (Renaissance) the first isolated attempts to revive some kind of natural science were made – initially against enormous political and religious resistance (e.g. Galileo Galilei). 

One of the most self-destructive dogmas that were imposed 1,500 years ago is the belief in human supremacy as carte-blanche god-like inhabitants of the planet. This arrogant and ignorant dogma threw human life ultimately out of its natural context. The dogma is obviously widely unchallenged till today – also in scientific circles.

Broad basic schooling was re-established barely 150 years before present. Public literaciy only gradually started to come back. Since, progress has been focusing on technology and specialization. Human science (making beneficial sense of knowledge) is still very much neglected today. Up to today, we humans apply scientific logics to absolutely everything else out there but still leave ourselves ignorantly out of the play.

Modern Times ...

A full revival of a integrating human science after almost two millennia of scientific Dark Age has not yet taken place. Human Biology as a life science is not taught at any college or university. Isolated courses offered under this title do not go beyond physiology (e.g. neurophysiology) and do not get anywhere near any Systemic Ergonomy. Till today, vital scientific information regarding living an anatomically optimal human life is not delivered to society by modern sciences.

Thomas A. Edison inadvertently invented Sleep Deprivation. Reportedly, it took him 10'000 attempts to do so.

An almost complete lack of understanding of the biology of being human affects dramatically in particular also the entire field of medicine and psychiatry and is probably one of the main reasons for the absurd and intolerable situation that medical mistakes have become the third most prominent cause of unnatural death in the USA. 

The World Health Organisation WHO does not have a single human biologist on staff that could provide proactive advice. 

Leaders, educators, designers, technology developers, economists etc. impacting daily life of everyone lack the most fundamental basic understanding required to proactively work towards lasting life quality improvements and a sustainable humanity. The present course obviously goes in an opposite and devastating direction.

In this situation we believe to have a very vital, urgent, and fundamentally important pioneering Mission with the Institute for Human Biology to the benefit of all.


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Gratitude and Reference

A deep and heartfelt Interest in Human Nature has probably always been one of the strongest motivators for shamans, philosophers 1), doctors 2), alchemists, natural scientists, novelists, and wise people of every human culture on this planet.  

With gratitude and admiration I mention just a few great scientists and thinkers that have contributed enormously to a better understanding of what it biologically means to be human (click on the names to read about their lives):

My gratitude and apologies to the many I did not mention who deserve great credit for having contributed to our modern understanding of Human Biology. 

Particular admiration also to those wise people of other cultures that do not write any books, issue any peer-reviewed scientific papers, and o not holde glamurous TV shows or speeches at conventions but instead serve their people directly and efficiently in form of practical hands-on guidance and education as to how to live an integrated, fulfilling, healthy, useful, and joyful human life with dignity and grace.

Let's follow their model example and humbly serve society as a whole to our best ... 

1)    Philosopher:    Greek for "Seeker of Wisdom".

2)    Doctor:    Latin for "Teacher" (not for "medical professional").

Martin H. Gremlich  MSc.Nat. ATP
Founder, Senior Human Biologist

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