Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Vitalism's Profound Nonscientific Status - Richard Dawkins (ISBN 0199216800; 2008):

01. What science says, a specific example:

in the newly published "The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing" (ISBN 0199216800; 2008), Richard Dawkins writes:

"life is the execution of programs written using a small digital alphabet in a single, universal machine language. This realization was the hammer blow that knocked the last nail in the coffin of vitalism and, by extension, of dualism. The hammer was wielded, with undisguised youthful relish, by James Watson and Francis Crick [p.030...] for me, the greatest achievement of Watson and Crick was to turn genetics from a branch of wet and squishy physiology into a branch of information technology, in the process slaying, as I suggested above, the ghost of vitalism [p.226]."

Note: obviously, vitalism is profoundly science-ejected according to Dr. Dawkins, a leading biologist.

02. What naturopathy says:

02.a. recently, I received by Google news alert the following announcement:

"Huber Natural Health LLC recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the opening of its new permanent location [...our practitioners are] Dr. Luke Huber, N.D. [...and] Dr. Ruth Galbraith, N.D. [...] for more information, visit www.hubernaturalhealth.com."

02.b. so, I followed the practice site link, where we are told by NDs Huber and Galbraith, in a web page titled "Naturopathic Medicine", regarding naturopathy and science, in quite certain language:

"naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science [...] is naturopathic medicine scientific? Yes."

Note: their claim is that naturopathy is within science, is scientific.

02.c. we are also told on this same page by these NDs that there are essential and definitive:

"principles of naturopathic medicine: [#1 being] the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae) [HPN-VMN...] naturopathic doctors respect and work with the vis medicatrix naturae in diagnosis, treatment and counseling [...] vis medicatrix naturae -- 'the healing power of nature' [...] this concept [...is] one of the central themes of naturopathic philosophy to this day."

Note: nowhere on that page is HPN-VMN explained for what it actually contextually means to NDs - vitalism [a 'purposeful life spirit' bioagency figmentation]. For my aggregation of such 'essential naturopathic vitalism,' visit http://thevitalismofnaturopathy.blogspot.com/ .

03. What science says, collectively:

vitalism has been profoundly science-ejected for several decades. See http://novfsinscience.blogspot.com/ .

04. Note, in sum:

naturopathy falsely labels the profoundly science-ejected as scientific. Also, we are told here, that Dr. Galbraith is the current President of the NHAND.
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