A wide-ranging conversation between Pierce Salguero and Beth Gram of the Chinese Medicine Education Cooperative. Topics covered include the influence of Buddhism on Chinese medicine, medical pluralism in China, parallels between medieval China and today, cultural translation vs appropriation, differences
A two-part discussion with Sabine Wilms’s Imperial Tutor Tea Time Talks group, recorded in summer and fall 2020. These talks respond directly to the blogs in the Meta-Approaches to Asian Medicine Series.
My last three posts have dealt with meta-level epistemic questions in the study of Asian medicine. It is now time to focus in on how these big-picture concerns play out in day-to-day decision making in the clinic. This post explores
Imagine you are some kind of super-intelligent alien located on a planet way out in the furthest reaches of the galaxy. You are looking out through a high-powered telescope, and have found this little planet called Earth. Your civilization’s advanced
Interdisciplinarity has failed as a model for collaboration in the study of Asian medicine. Here, I propose the new model of “metadisciplinarity” as a means of bringing people together in more productive and more generative ways. In my last post,
The traditional Asian medicine community has a communication problem. We know it all too well. Lawrence Cohen identified it decades ago when he wrote about the Third International Congress of Traditional Asian Medicine (ICTAM) in Bombay in 1990. He observed
Demolishers seek to break down Systems. We turn our tools on all Ideologies, all Worldviews, and any other Big Ideas we are told we should conform to. We rip out the rugs of certainty, destabilize the comfortable, and reveal contingency