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Submitted by Robert Felt on January 22, 2007 - 10:00pm.
Why a CMN Blog, what do I hope to accomplish?
I consider the CMN list service successful. Although it has never had the following of the large, commercial services, we have had many interesting and productive discussions. There has never been pressure for anyone to post and the moderation process has been relatively painless. We have achieved what we sough to do in terms of creating a community and I would like to see that community develop further. Thus, this site -- in addition to the commercial catalog of books -- has two features that I hope will extend our ability to discuss matters of interest and importance to our field: this blog and a members area with features designed to encourage and archive community participation.
Submitted by Robert Felt on August 6, 2009 - 2:02pm.
My, I don't write very often do I? I suppose that is OK given the great volumes of stuff that gets onto the web.
Submitted by Robert Felt on April 21, 2009 - 9:00pm.
I would like to comment on prices in response to a recent flurry of emails. For those who wrote wondering why Paradigm titles are sometimes more expensive on the discount sites than at Redwing or in school bookstores, I need to briefly explain how book prices work and why there is such considerable variability. Prices are set by publishers as “cover prices” (the amount printed on the book cover), as “suggested retail price” or as “lowest advertised prices;” the difference being that the latter approach attempts to set a minimum level on advertisements based on price. These prices were once what a book was sold for. However since the traditional retail store has become an endangered species, book trade references have become much less available and people have come to depend on on-line sites for price information. Practically then, what you pay for a book is more often determined by the seller than the publisher.
Submitted by Robert Felt on December 24, 2008 - 2:37pm.
This blog is more personally written than usual. I think the personal commentary makes it clear that what I am suggesting here comes from my individual experience and bias. Nonetheless, I believe the main idea , that of an outreach to the new Obama administration, has merit regardless of its roots in my personal life.
Submitted by Robert Felt on May 1, 2008 - 4:06pm.
This is a talk about “piracy,” the unauthorized use of intellectual property. What brought this about is an incident where someone used the field's dis
Submitted by Robert Felt on December 7, 2007 - 2:17pm.
I originally planned this post as review of the A.A.A.O.M. Portland Conference term meetings and seminars with a concentration on the announcement of "Acupedia," a wikipedia-style web site that will present different term lists for comparison. I labeled the post "The End of the Term Debate" to emphasize that the presence of such a tool meant the end of two ideas that have long retarded the development of CM in the English-speaking world; that is, the notion that translation standards would lead to some never-defined but supposedly horrid outcome and the idea that terminology was about the selection of words rather than the preservation of ideas.
Submitted by Robert Felt on October 1, 2007 - 2:40pm.
There has been considerable discussion and an unusual amount of press coverage covering the German studies of acupuncture and their conclusions. This links to an example article. This discussion is a good example of how long it takes for the medical establishment to pay attention to work done on acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Stephen Birch covered this issue in his Ph.D. thesis at Exeter University, and in Understanding Acupuncture, a text that has been used in medical schools for nearly a decade.
Submitted by Robert Felt on July 12, 2007 - 4:02pm.
Part Four: The Cost of Chaos
This is the last blog post in the "Term Chaos is Just Chaos" series, the previous posts are:
Those who have read the "Guided Tour to the Term Debate" essay on this site, understand that I see term chaos as just the latest step in a twenty-plus year attempt to justify paraphrase and simplification as the primary strategy for educating clinicians in the English-speaking world. The earliest assertion was that Chinese medicine had no terminology, an idea that I feel derived from a lay view of Chinese medical language and a certain embarrassment about Chinese medical ideas that expresses itself in the urge to biomedicalize and de-moralize. Later, as Wiseman and others consistently refuted this notion, anti-consistency arguments migrated, arriving today at "term chaos," which is itself a euphemism for an undocumented plurality that is supposed to be good, despite the lack of any orderly plan for how students are to be taught.
Submitted by Robert Felt on May 17, 2007 - 2:51pm.
Part Three: Standards Are Not Shallow
At the A.A.O.M. nomenclature meeting Dr. Bensky and his colleagues made some very dramatic assertions. One of these was the assertion that standards are a detriment to seeking the "depth" of meaning in Chinese concepts. Notably, Dr. Bensky failed to describe "depth" in any understandable or practical, way. This is very much like his declaration that the long-standing consensual principals of translation Marnae Ergil described are "wrong." We're to take his word for it. Let's not do that. Let's think for ourselves.
Submitted by Robert Felt on May 2, 2007 - 2:13pm.
The innumerable, often-forwarded emails and list service postings discussing the FDA Guidance on complementary and alternative medical products have slowed down, perhaps reaching a saturation