TIC Dialogue: Thom Gelardi and Simon Senzon

In this TIC Dialogue, Thom Gelardi and Simon Senzon discuss several chiropractic topics over the course of three hours.  The topics ranged from Thom’s only meeting with B.J. Palmer in the 1950s, his private practice, his mentor, Lyle Sherman, as well as other events of history and politics. The most distinct element of the dialogue is Thom’s unwavering philosophical viewpoint that professions are defined by their mission.

This short clip from the discussion is about the different paradigm, or what Gelardi refers to as missions. The chiropractic mission is distinct. The medical mission too is distinct. Over the course of chiropractic history, there was once a clash between “straights” and “mixers.” Starting in the 1970s, that paradigm clash focused on the role of diagnosis and analysis in chiropractic practice.

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  1. Great review!! Thanks for putting this up and keeping us actively aware of our morphic field!!!!

  2. “organicism… allows relatively more independence of the parts from the whole, despite the whole being more than the sum of the parts, and/or the whole exerting some control on the behavior of the parts.” ~ Wikipedia

    How is it possible that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (e.g. the human body), but the sum of wholes (e.g. people together in community) is not greater than the sum of the parts?

    This “independence of the parts from the whole, despite the whole being more than the sum of the parts” feels a bit like swiss cheese in that it has a solid mass, can be used for material and day-to-day use, but has holes in it. Specifically, holes around what makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.

  3. Hi Aryn,
    Interesting points. Great to hear from you. You are talking about two different zones of “wholes.” The biological whole and the social whole. In terms of the biological whole, complex systems are influenced from the parts and the whole. That is what makes them complex! 🙂 In terms of social systems, that is a totally different question and inquiry. There is no central organizing wholeness to it like the CNS. So we can’t compare them so easily.
    All my best,

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