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‘Future science’ conference held at Taiwan’s top university
Brian Marple, The Epoch Times
TAIPEI - On May 15, the two-day International Future Science and Culture Conference began at National Taiwan University. The conference hoped to advance research and discussion on a variety of topics, ranging from ancient Chinese medicine to the origins of human life, many of which have not been extensively studied or fully understood by mainstream science.
Professor Daniel A. Monti, M.D., of Thomas Jefferson University, headlined the conference proceedings with his research on the “neuro-emotional technique,” a system combining principles from Western and Eastern medicine.
Professor Monti demonstrated his technique on a female member of the audience. The technique is designed to target the root of patients’ psychological problems in order to help them relieve stress and improve their health.
Monti had his volunteer hold up her arm and resist him when he used his hand to push down on it. At the same time, he would have her think or say different things while he applied pressure. Through this method Monti showed that when his volunteer was thinking negative thoughts or saying something untruthful, her ability to resist his applied pressure diminished, but was strengthened if she focused on positive thoughts.
Monti later showed that one could use this method to determine the root of one’s stresses and anxieties and remove them. In the case of the audience member, she had been unhealthy because of worries about an exam. By asking her questions and testing her resistance ability, Monti was able to discern the cause of her anxieties, which began early in her childhood. He then used pulse points and meditation to help her overcome them. At the same time, he stressed that having positive thoughts and acting with honesty was essential to good health.
Many other conference speakers delved into ancient Chinese medicine and its close connection with morality. Liu Dongmei, a researcher at Washington State University, and Luo Qingying, a columnist for The Epoch Times, presented their research on the relationship between ancient Chinese medicine and self-cultivation practice. They discussed that in the past Chinese doctors were Daoists, who believed that one became unhealthy when one’s conduct and thinking deviated from the Dao and thus from the laws of the universe. In addition to treating patients the doctors would instruct them on how to practice self-cultivation, follow the Dao and take their desires more lightly. Unlike doctors of Western medicine, ancient Chinese medicine doctors would use medicine only as a last resort, instead utilizing acupuncture and other techniques to treat patients.
The researchers also found that many of the famous doctors throughout ancient Chinese history purportedly possessed supernatural abilities, such as the ability to use their Third Eye (tianmu) to examine the inner body of their patients. Most of the Daoist doctors’ techniques and philosophies, however, were passed down by word of mouth, and are most likely no longer in existence, leaving the more secular Confucian vein of Chinese medicine, which has been well-recorded in medical texts.
In addition to Chinese medicine, Qigong was also discussed as an ancient and powerful method of healing that also had direct relation to cultivation practice. Hu Yuhui, an assistant professor at Taiwan’s Tunghua University, presented the results from a survey she and an American colleague performed concerning the health effects of the Falun Gong practice. Their findings showed that not only did Falun Gong practitioners see doctors merely six times a year (down from 12 a year before practicing), they were also able to let go of unhealthy addictions, with 79% of alcoholics ceasing to drink and 74% of smokers giving up cigarettes.
History and the origins of humanity also represented a large portion of the presentation topics. One presenter, when discussing the origin of life on Earth, disputed the theory of evolution, claiming that it was unfeasible due to the utter lack of evidence of transitional species linking one organism to its evolved counterpart.
Noting the sudden disappearance and appearance of various species throughout history, he instead likened the development process of organisms on earth to a consumer market in which certain organisms quickly die out and are replaced with “upgraded,” or more adaptable, species. Although disputing Darwinism, however, the presenter did not explain how species on Earth were removed and replaced.
Other researchers shed further light on past lives, with one presenter summarizing the state of research on Near Death Experiences, and another discussing researchers’ findings in the past century about reincarnation and past lives through putting their patients into a state of deep hypnosis. The latter pointed out that once entering into this state, some patients suddenly became able to speak different languages and very accurately depicted scenes of places they had never seen in their lives. Yet both presenters noted that research on past lives was still just developing, and had yet to attract the attention and acknowledgement of the mainstream scientific community.
The two-day conference ended with a panel discussion and questions from attendees that ranged from economics to supernatural abilities in the human body.
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