Monday, January 22, 2007

A Question

This is from a chiropracter's website but the argument is essentially the same for all alternative practitioners of whatever ilk:

1. The body is a self-healing and self-regulating mechanism. In other words, it is designed to heal itself.
2. The nervous system is the master control system of the body.
3. Any interference in the function of the nervous system must then result in a malfunction in the body.
4. My task is to eliminate that interference so that the body can function normally.


So, if point one is true, points three and four must be false.

If points three and four are true, patently point one is false.

Or is EoR just confused?

1 comment:

  1. Well:

    1. It heals itself to a limited extent (I'll ignore the "it's designed to" part of the statement).

    Note that this relaxation of the constraint actually helps justify the chiropracter's treatment.

    2. No, I don't think this is at all accurate.

    3. I suppose this is trivially true. Any malfunction in the nervous system is a malfunction in the body since the nervous system is part of the body.

    4. He left out a few pieces of logic here. He either needs to restrict his treatment to those ailments that are caused by those interferences that he can eliminate, or he needs to assert that all ailments are caused by interferences and that all inteferences can be eliminated.

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