Furthermore, scientific models must have “true predictive value…[e.g., predicting] a man's psychological state from his biological data or vice versa [and it must unite ] the disparate elements of human life in such a way as to legitimize a holistic approach [in which] materialism involves more than just matter and energy. Today, we accept that information, its transfer and manipulation…is a material matter…[so] manipulation of brain-based information…is a materialist theory of mind.”
As such, BPS can be considered a scientific model. I contend it also has predictive ability, e.g.:
- It can be predicted that a certain medication may have side-effects that present as psychological/psychiatric symptoms
- Mental disorders may predict physical disease and vice versa
- Brain patterns may predict psychiatric problems
- Mental disorders make a substantial independent contribution to the burden of disease worldwide.