By Guy Riekeman, D.C. on behalf of Life University
When Isaac Newton watched an apple fall from a tree and decided to apply mathematics to the speed and time of falling fruit, he did more than discover the principles of calculus (Yes, this is the guy to blame for those high school courses you struggled through), he also gave us a particular view of how the universe worked. That model was a very mechanical view of a physical universe. The principles worked on so many levels like measuring the orbit of planets, which is a critical factor when sending a space ship to the moon… it’s nice to know that the moon will be there when the astronauts arrive… however, Newtonian Physics left too many questions unanswered.
Along come Einstein, Bohr and the gang. All of a sudden they discover that we live in a universe of energy. They proceed to prove that what we perceive as matter is, in fact, energy and that our predictability models are flawed. It has become fashionable in pop culture to see these two models in conflict or competition. Not true. The models and mathematics of Newtonian physics still apply, but are now part of the bigger more complete picture of Quantum Physics, but Quantum Physics totally embraces Newtonian Physics.
The same can be said for Mechanism and Vitalism. Mechanism sees, like Newtonian Physics, a physical mechanical world and applies this cultural view to living matter…life. And like Newtonian Physics it leaves much of life and health as a mystery. Vitalism, which sees life as a systems-wide conscious, self-developing, self-adapting and self-healing system, does not deny the physical science of what we know about the human body, but frames it in a larger understanding and unique perspective of consciousness. Therefore, it follows that Mechanism has no room for Vitalism, but Vitalism totally embraces Mechanism.
Finally, logic would lead us to conclude that Medicine, which is primarily built on Mechanism and a Newtonian Physics world view, has no room for a Vitalism-based model like Chiropractic, but Chiropractic can embrace medicine as a part of its perspective and utilize it through referral when appropriate. The question at hand is who would you prefer to lead health care or specifically, who would you want to be the lead practitioner in your family’s health…one who rejects and limits or one who has a perspective that is inclusive?
Life University utilizes Vitalism as its foundational principle and teaches from this philosophical view, including the physical sciences, which then take on a new perspective.
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