Friday, March 6, 2009

Getting It Wrong - canada.com's 'Charity of Logic' Regarding Naturopathy's Epistemic Irrationalism, 2009:

here, I cite a canada.com article that describes naturopathy...without blinking ... via an absurd / irrational definition [see 001., below]; and, going to the college guide entry and web page of 2 schools of naturopathy, we find out more UNBRIDLED naturopathic irrationalism / absurdity [see 002., below]:

001. Charke, K. (? ?) states in "Proposal to Alter Regulations for Naturopaths Gets Mixed Reviews" [there's quite an unintentional pun there, as you will see]:

"naturopathic medicine [(a)] is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine, according to the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors [CAND...(b) is a] health profession [...] under the College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. [...(c)] when it comes to treatment, their objective is to try get the maximum effect by the gentlest of means with the use of botanical medicines and clinical nutrition [...(d) ] Trevorrow has completed a four-year postgraduate degree in naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Washington State."

Note on (a):

CAND tells us that naturopathy is categorically science-based [via youtube]:



How can something CATEGORICALLY in terms of knowledge-type be both a distinction and a blending? Important: the description basically says that naturopathy is both something and nothing; that it is specially something scientific and also that it is specifically NOT that same stuff -- nonscientific. In sum it states that the scientific is also the nonscientific: this is absurd / irrational, hilarious blather -- the blended-distinct, the scientific-nonscientific. This is a kind of language from naturopathy and a kind of journalistic charity towards naturopathy that is grossly unprofessional; using language itself in manners that are truly nonsensical, logically speaking.

002. Bastyr's & the University of Bridgeport's [UB] irrational / absurd epistemics, per the conflation of the supernatural extrascientific [that means 'outside of science', for those not into etymology], science-ejected, and the scientific:

002.a. Bastyr states [the ND in (d) went there; Trevorrow, M. (ND Bastyr 2006)] in their Peterson's College Guide entry "Bastyr University":

"founded as a naturopathic medical college in 1978, Bastyr has since expanded its offerings [...] Bastyr University is the first step on a path leading to a richly rewarding future in the dynamic field of science-based natural health. Bastyr's unparalleled programs are based on a mind-body-spirit approach to wellness, with a challenging curriculum that prepares students to further their goals in scientific, medical, and wellness-related fields [...] in each degree program at Bastyr, students learn to integrate the pursuit of physical health with the mental, spiritual, and environmental factors involved in wellness [...our] a progressive focus on the relationship between health and the body, mind, and spirit [...including] naturopathic medicine [...] the foundation of Bastyr University’s entire curriculum rests on the integration of modern science with traditional healing methods."

Note: epistemic blending / conflation / integration [mixing!!!] reflects directly upon naturopathy's 'knowledge sensitivity / knowledge demarcation': as in, 'we ain't got none', WHILE claiming to be "science-based" is itself a 'knowledge type demarcation'.

But, you have to have a standard of comparison concerning what can truly be labeled science, I understand:

luckily, there's the National Center for Science Education [NCSE] to tell us about these ND schools that supposedly teach actual science. At NCSE, we are told that the supernatural is PROFOUNDLY not within science, through the article "Review: Of Pandas and People":

"selling the supernatural. The book attempts to convince the student (and teacher) that a basically supernatural view can be made scientific through word manipulation and conflation with scientific concepts. Thus, the argument from design is dressed up in information theory and passed off as science. This selling of the supernatural is pertinent to understanding why this book is not science, but pseudoscience."

002.b. UB states:

002.b1. on their web page "UB Spotlight: Health Sciences Programs":

"the University's professionally accredited health sciences programs are housed in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, the College of Chiropractic, the College of Naturopathic Medicine, the Acupuncture Institute, and the Nutrition Institute."

002.b2. UB states in "Naturopathic Principles and Practice":

"Principles and Practice 521: Introduction to Natural Therapeutics [...] nature acts powerfully through healing mechanisms in the body and mind to maintain and restore health. Students will receive a more in-depth utilization of naturopathic methods and medicinal substances which work in harmony with the human system, thus facilitating long-lasting health and recovery. In addition to employing various natural medicines, students will gain an important perspective of the vital force [for more such 'naturopathic essential vitalism', see here] and its role in the healing process, when used in conjunction with naturopathic principles."

Note on 002.a. & 002.b.: naturopathy is labeled categorically as "science" by UB & Bastyr, and naturopathy's essential vitalism & supernaturalism is therein labeled science by UB & Bastyr, while UB has conveniently edited-out supernaturalistic language in my example [they employ such supernaturalism here].

NCSE states, regarding vitalism, in "National Association of Biology Teachers (1995)":

"nonscientific notions such as geocentricism, flat earth, creationism, young earth, astrology, psychic healing and vitalistic theory, therefore, cannot legitimately be taught, promoted, or condoned as science in the classroom."

Note on (c): there is, scientifically speaking, no 'purposeful life spirit' / vital force governing health-disease and physiology. Naturopathy's treatment target, 'the maximum effect upon the vital force' -- when you uncode all this, which doesn't take much leg-work; but, few journalists ever seem to go beyond opening their own mouths and letting naturopathy fill it with its dumb-assed-ness -- is simply a fantasy.

003. Note on '(b), 002.a. & 002.b.' and naturopathic absurdity:

supernaturalism and vitalism are essential to naturopathy, labeled science by naturopathy, and yet are completely science-exterior -- actually. Obviously, canada.com incompletely informed us [lazy?] and naturopathy continually deceives us [per an 'unethical sectarian pseudoscience'], while actual medicine is ethically based upon the integrity of science & transparency per 'informed consent', and quality journalism aims for accuracy & truthfulness.

Questions:

i. does anyone do actual journalism anymore? ii. is science just ink? [answer to i. = few; answer to ii. = no it isn't].

Professional? Nope.


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