A City Guide To Shilong for This relatively mechanistic view of how our bodies and its organs work, fail and can be treated allows little room for subjectivity. The biomedical view has been described as reductionist i.e. the basic idea that mind, matter body and human behaviour can all be reduced to, and explained at, the level of cells, neural activity or biochemical activity. Reductionism tends to ignore evidence that different people respond in different ways to the same underlying disease because of differences, for example, in personality, cognition, social support resources or cultural beliefs see later chapters. dualism the idea that the mind and body are separate entities cf. Descartes. A City Guide To Shilong 2016.