|Because chiropractic is a
deductive science, it begins with a major premise upon which
all other conclusions are based. That primary assumption is
that a Universal Intelligence is in all matter and
continually gives to it all its properties and actions, thus
maintaining it in existence.
This premise was not adopted as a matter of blind faith or
religious fervor. It is a conclusion based on observation of
physical evidence. Look around you. Does it seem logical to
think that everything in the universe is the result of mere
random selection or "luck"? Is it "luck" that a bird's wing is
perfectly designed for flight – right down to the tiniest
pinfeather? Is it just "chance" that a plant's roots travel
downward into the ground (where it will find water and
minerals) and its leaves grow upward (where it will find sun
and air)? If the universe were truly just random, at least
some plants would send their roots straight upward, and would
bury their leaves in the soil. Have you ever seen such a
To think that the universe is devoid of intelligent
organization is like thinking that the Great Pyramids of Giza
were the result of an accidental rock slide. Could any random
action have created the Pyramids? The Empire State Building?
The wings of a bird? The roots and leaves of a plant?
Just as it takes human intelligence to create and maintain
the architectural wonders, it took intelligence to create the
natural "wonders" which surround us. Of course, human
intelligence could not be responsible for the complex order of
the universe – it hasn't yet even begun to understand a tiny
part of it!
Since it was not human intelligence, it had to be something
greater than that. That "something" is what we call Universal
Intelligence. We don't know what it is, where it came from,
what its intent is, or even if there is an intent involved. We
know only that it must exist – or nothing else would!
Is this Universal Intelligence God? No one knows. There is
no way to "prove" the existence of God, or describe God's
characteristics. There is no way to "prove" the existence of
Universal Intelligence, or to describe its characteristics.
How, then can anyone say if they mean the same thing?
|There are some people who
believe that God is the source of that Universal Intelligence.
Others can accept the concept of a Universal Intelligence
without even believing in a God. Either way, we know,
through observation and deductive reasoning, that such an
intelligence must exist in order to prevent all matter
from decaying into chaos.
During the Age of Technology – in which the scientific
method reigned supreme – such notions were often criticized
for being "unscientific." What the critics really meant was
that the premise couldn't be proved, and wasn't arrived at
through inductive reasoning. Of course, neither was the notion
that "All Men Are Created Equal," or that there were
space-going vacuum cleaners called black holes (a theory, by
the way, also scoffed at when first announced). Yet, the first
axiom doesn't require proof, and the second one was valid even
before proof was found. So it is with the premise of Universal
Intelligence; it is a "truth" so basic that it transcends
science and can be arrived at only through deductive
Today, as science expands in the "new physics" and quantum
mechanics, a broader view is being accepted. New ideas are
cultivated, and deductive reasoning is being recognized as a
valid form of logic. The realization that there must exist a
Universal Intelligence is being taken for granted at last.
Chiropractors smile at the notion that "science" is only
now "discovering" that idea. After all, their entire
profession is built around that simple, yet profound truth.
Doctors of chiropractic understand that there is order and
intelligence to the whole universe. By deductive reasoning,
they also know that this order and intelligence applies to
every part of the universe, including the human body.
That conclusion leads directly to another one of the
principle premises of chiropractic philosophy: A living
thing has an inborn intelligence within its body, called
No word in chiropractic philosophy is as filled with
meaning as the word "Innate," for it refers to the only
element that sets living beings apart from nonliving things,
and is the reason that chiropractic