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Philosophically, we often ascribe to universal intelligence or universal forces a negative connotation, especially when compared to the constructive action of innate intelligence. We observe that innate intelligence builds universal matter (steak and mashed potatoes) into innate matter (living human tissue). We also observe that universal forces which are the manifestation of universal intelligence tend to be “destructive toward structural matter.” Hence the somewhat negative connotation. Here is the dilemma. How can universal intelligence be destructive and yet good. We use the concept of anabolism/catabolism as an analogy. We also attempt to explain it from the aspect of the nitrogen cycle. It is necessary for the perpetuation of planet earth. Both of these explanations are valid and help clarify the problem. However, there is another explanation that may even make clearer the principle of universal intelligence.
Universal intelligence is a law or principle of organization that manifests itself in all matter (Principle Number 1, the Major Premise) unlike innate intelligence which is a law or principle that manifests itself through a unique type of matter (living). From this we are able to conclude that universal intelligence organizes matter on the atomic level because all matter, living and non living, is made up of atoms. Here is the concept: universal intelligence is concerned with organization. One characteristic of good organization is stability. Whether it’s the local women’s club or the human body, stability denotes organization and organization bespeaks intelligence. The innate intelligence of the body maintains a stable internal temperature despite the outside temperature fluctuations. Because matter is most stable at its atomic level, universal intelligence tends to reduce all matter to its most organized, most stable level. That is not destructive, although we perceive it that way. It is, in fact, an indication of greater organization and superior intelligent action. What does that have to do with the practice of chiropractic? Nothing really, it’s just interesting to talk about.
Actually, though, it does have some significance to us.
There is scientific discussion as to whether the universe tends toward disorder. From a chiropractic, philosophical standpoint, we conclude that it is moving toward a greater degree of order by matter being reduced to its most orderly state–the atomic level.
The scientist views this process in its partially completed state and says there is disorder. That is the same as me walking into the house while my wife is cleaning and rearranging the furniture. It appears at that moment as total disorder but, when the job is completed, the living room will be arranged in a much more orderly and functional manner. The scientist that does not have a background in chiropractic philosophical understanding comes to a wrong conclusion. So the concept is, after all, significant. That is just another example of how philosophy impinges upon and gives meaning to confusing or apparently inexplicable aspects of science. v3n4

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