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B. J. PALMER, D. C., Ph. C. President

The Palmer School of Chiropractic

“Chiropractic Fountain Head” Davenport, Iowa, U. S. A.

Sixth Edition


J. H. CRAVEN, D. C., Ph. C.

Professor of Philosophy in the Palmer School of Chiropractic

Davenport, Iowa, U. S. A. 1909-1916, 1919, 1920

Original Copyright, 1909-1916-1919-1920.

B J. PALMER, D. C., Ph. C., Davenport, Iowa, U. S. A.

J. H. CRAVEN, D. C., Ph. C. J. H. CRAVEN, D. C., Ph. C.

Man is finite, therefore small. Sizes are comparative. Man is but a part of mankind. It is the latter which need the former.

In Chiropractic we have a message for all. It is not given one message bearer to meet or impart to all. As any small movement becomes large, the individuality of any one man becomes merged into a part of all those who help him.

Among the many helpers, some stand apart and separate from the mass; not a part of but apart from. I have been blessed with a corps of excellent teachers; anxious, ready and willing to take up my message, pass it on to that portion of mankind which immediately surrounds us so they may pass it on to the larger circles which they come in contact with.

Among those close and friendly helpers, none have been more true, diligent or conscientious to the Chiropractic philosophy than John Craven. Having formerly been a studious minister, he came prepared to accept advanced ideas. His willingness was only exceeded by his sincerity.

Many are the happy hours this teacher and I have analyzed and synthesized the detail which then became a part of his teachings; which now become an elaborated phase of this book.

To him must be given all credit for the production of this fifth edition, therefore, it would be but befitting that unto him, belongs the honor of the dedication of this book. B. J. PALMER.

B. J. PALMER, D. C., Ph. C. B. J. PALMER, D. C., Ph. C.

Has it not occurred to you that you have no right to go, unless you are equally willing to be prevented from going? O, believe, as thou livest, that every sound that is spoken over the round world, which thou oughtest to hear, will vibrate on shine ear. Every proverb, every book, every by-word that belongs to thee for aid or comfort, shall surely come home to thee through open or winding passages. Every friend whom not thy fantastic will but the great and tender heart in thee craveth, shall lock thee in his embrace. And this because the heart in thee is the heart of all; not a valve, not a wall, not an intersection is there anywhere in nature, but one blood rolls uninterruptedly an endless circulation through all men, as the water of the globe is all one sea, and, truly seen, its tide is one.—Emerson.

We speak of learned and ignorant men, as if there were a certain quantity of knowledge, which to possess was to be learned, and which not to possess was to be ignorant; instead of considering that knowledge is infinite, and that the man most learned in human estimation is just as far from knowing anything as he ought to know it, as the unlettered peasant. Men are merely on a lower or higher stage of an eminence, whose summit is God’s throne, infinitely above all the stones of Venice.–John Ruskin.

The present volume is not intended for the scientific student more than the laymen who wish to understand the difficulties that attend the conversion of the superstitious world to the more recondite philosophical research. The lectures deal mainly with normal and abnormal expressions of the first half of man (creative), with philosophic reflections bearing upon the problems of both. It is helpful to all who are willing to overthrow mysticism and replace it with substantial facts. To the writer as well as student, all new facts and theories must, in some way become assimilated with previous knowledge; either it is right or wrong, and however great the departure involved in the discovery of the new, it must have some point of equivalent contact with the old. These lectures, like those of former volumes, lead up to a broader and more comprehensive understanding of so-called “phenomena,” aiding the understanding of them by indicating what the means of discrimination are between the normal and the abnormal.

If it were not for the fact that among the conservative, the materialist class of scientists, the theory is accepted that thought is a product of the brain, it might as well be said that philosophy had already definitely proven the immortality of the soul. This scientific doctrine, that thought is a function of the brain, seems, however, to be rapidly falling into the limbo of mistaken deductions, especially so in the face of the introduction into our universities and colleges of the study of experimental psychology; and the more or less approved demonstration through vivisection seem to withstand any arguments to the contrary.

The revolutionary idea, of which this book is the result, has been to bring into a combined form, and in accordance, I may add, with the most modern scheme of commercial innate economy, the various thoughts and reasons men possess for a “belief” at least, in the existence of two minds which they daily use to the best advantage. Full knowledge of the value of human life, its necessity in the evolution of an individual soul, and the essential worth of the whole of that spirit and atom united, if such it be—such knowledge would doubtless contribute more toward the relief of distress, the speedy and certain upbuilding of the race, its evolution and progress in a normal manner, than any or even all conceivable knowledge of which the finite mind of man has heretofore been cognizant.

Organized and concentrated research, when once rightly based, grows rapidly; it waters its own roots. Observe the phenomenal growth of this science in its thirteen years. We learn today as much in one year as its earliest discoverer did in ten years. Where is it going to lead us? How many more generations of present-day taught philosophers are to come and go before this persistently questioning human mind of ours will have laid before us a complete revolutional and unconditional demonstration of this, the supreme problem of existence? Can anyone doubt that the question will be eventually solved? Does not this book do it? Can anyone imagine a time, unless it be when once the question will be eventually solved and that forever, when mankind will not demand an answer to it and have it placed before them by some radical thinker regardless of his age or previous qualifications for the task?

We bestir ourselves. We climb upwards, somewhat above, as we suppose, the heads of our fellows, those engrossed solely in the affairs of the early country, and not caring to widen their horizon. And as we reach higher altitudes the atmosphere clears perceptibly, our first observation being that above and below, and all about us, from every point of vantage, fellow countrymen are stationed with telescope and various inventions calculated to intensify the powers of the senses, gazing into the distant horizon with a single eye, when we with our superior position see all of what they gaze at and more—without the aid of other than our innate—given eye and mind.

What is the value of a human soul? Is it nothing or is it everything; infinitesimal or infinite? That question is answered in these pages and the sociological problem is answered forever. No man would knowingly grind jewels into the dust. And if the human soul is not an innate soul in evolution, the sooner it is known the better—that the useless, unnecessary struggle may cease. Would we consciously sow germless seed? Do we plant in ashes? What reasonable being, capable of justice, sympathy, and attachment, could breed a child for annihilation? Is it not as Pascal says: “The immortality of the soul is a matter that concerns us so much, that affects us so deeply, that ‘we must have lost all reason if its investigation leaves us indifferent.’ All our actions and thoughts follow paths so different (and yet alike) varying according to the hope of gaining eternal blessings or not, that it is impossible to take any sensible or judicious step without regulating it from this standpoint, which must be our final object.”

No apology is offered for the radical tone of the ideas in this volume. I have presented what I believed to be truths, gleaned from independent study and observation coupled with the counsel of sincere, altruistic students of The P. S. C., past and present. The “apology” (if there be one) should be offered by the medical profession, who have indirectly dominated the policy of the world in its every walk for centuries, who have not yet deciphered the basic principle connected with life. They need plead ignorance as the only reason why it was neglected, and as such have destroyed lives innumerable, which could have been saved and enjoyed more years. Anarchical? Perhaps, but who is to blame for the creation of such thoughts? None but the culprits themselves.

The labor connected with a work of original research is not commensurate with its appearance and the ease with which you will scan its pages. I have loaned, in advance of publication, some of these lectures and some of them seldom got beyond the drawers of the desk, and it is possible that few of the class owning this edition read them with any such care and patience as I have had to use in preparing them, or as students at the P. S. C. have, are, or will put on them in class recitations. If those who profess allegiance to the work will let them lie idly by, what can we expect of the Philistines? It is hard to blame anyone for this, because this is a busy world and there is too much to read. But I remark the fact to indicate the difficulties in the way of interesting even the best minds on so intricate a subject as some herein contained.

I have not intended that Vol. 5 should satisfy the more exacting scientific standards, but serve the purpose of inducing the scientific student to come to the school where such is taught and satisfy himself of their correctness, where thousands of data, impossible to list here, are given for the purpose of proving details. Here he will be better satisfied and given a more comprehensive conception of the simplicity and complexity of the subjects with which we have to deal. These lectures may be considered as samples of the facts which are accessible to each student attending The P. S. C. Many of the most important are too intricate to justify my using the space necessary to make their cogency perceptible. I have, therefore, limited this series of lectures to the best and most easily understood words, knowing that my audiences were of both lay and professional listeners. The scientific mind who wishes to know more must come where personal contact in class work develops all and just what he wants. This work is for the reader who is interested in explanation more than in wearisome details.

The present work is a part of a series of twenty-four lectures delivered during the winter of 1907-08. The balance will be published and placed before you as fast as time permits. Between times, other books will appear on other subjects, equally as important in their sphere. The remaining portion of the lectures will appear in separate volumes at later dates as fast as compiled.

It is high time that investigations so original, practical and useful as the science, art and philosophy of Chiropractic is, should be endowed as are many others of less importance and value to humanity. There is no use to talk about the follies of human nature in therapeutics, as that will be admitted and urged as a sufficient reason for an organized effort to protect men from delusions, and if any such truth as the conservation of personal consciousness should be added to the indestructibility of matter and the conservation of energy we should have laid a foundation for the meaning of the Universal Intelligence long before this. Scientists will spend millions in North Pole expeditions, in deep sea dredging for new fish, in biological inquiries among physical tissues with microscopes to show a protoplasmic origin of life, and in astronomic observations that had only to speculate about planetary life, in short anything to throw light on the surroundings of man, but not a cent to ascertain the philosophical union of intelligence with matter. Men are quite willing, under the pressure of facts, to admit their origin from the brutes, but persist in a pride that does not seem compatible with that ancestry. I understand that a hundred thousand dollars a year are spells by our colleges for athletic sports, but no boast is made of what is spent for the union of soul with dust. Many are so infatuated with the ramifications of materialism that a leading paper can solemnly propose the need of twenty-five million to dig a well twelve miles deep merely to satisfy the curiosity of the geologist about the earth’s strata. Why an investigation which promises as much protection against superstition, illusion, mythology, as it does for beliefs that are the only force that is capable of solving the social problems, cannot receive as much support as the more ridiculous efforts of men, it is hard for a philosopher to understand.

The present volume on philosophy of Chiropractic may be considered as a supplement to Vol. 2. In that work I gave a very inadequate (compared to what would be published were it being done today) summary of the facts regarding philosophical physiology. In the present book I have seized the time to go over a partial division of pathology and symptomatology, the knowledge of cause and the cause of disease, philosophically. The nature of this book must not be misunderstood. I have not quoted the various personal experiences to give you a history of my habits, but to show that personal observation and analysis is worth more than any other. I deal with man as we see him on earth. I have my opinions of the past, present, and future, but here is not the place to express them. Sufficient to say, they are not like those of anyone else.

This volume further aims to contribute something toward supplying the demand for further light on the subject upon which it treats—the knowledge of universal cause and the specific cause of disease in any vertebrate—in ourselves and others by other than physical means. The first work of the author appeared two years ago, since which time three other works have been issued, which have had extensive circulation in this country and to some extent, in nearly every foreign country of the world. They have created a furore in many circles and have succeeded in setting many to thinking. It is not an incredible supposition that they have had an influence, more or less, toward generating in the public mind the widely spread and growing belief of the mental and physical union of the necessaries for the maintenance of normal and healthy life. This book does not claim to have exhausted the subject, or to have said all that might and will be said, for the subject is too vast to be crowded into so limited a compass, and its untilled soil covers every phase of human endeavor; thus it would be as impossible here to tell all we know as to encompass an ocean into a lake. The twelve months, course at this school aims to till the soil of the human minds most completely. But it is to be hoped that enough has been said to vindicate the propriety of the title, that of “The Philosophy of Chiropractic.”

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