Recently, a growing schism has become evident (to me, could be ages now for all I know) between Research Based and Evidence Based. I am not jumping in on that one, but rather hoping to bring some illumination to what we seek to set out to prove…or “should” we disprove?
At an Anatomy in Motion seminar, I heard Chris Sritharan admit that after taking Gary Ward’s course he set out to disprove it. “There’s no way it can be that simple,” he said, “So I set out to disprove it.” (close enough paraphrase, I don’t know if I could ever properly quote that guy without an audio recorder) Long story short, Chris came out the other side, a believer and instructor of Anatomy in Motion.
This was a profound moment for me, not just the work and the course, but in life. If I set out to prove something, I have a weighted view and a skewed perspective for it to succeed. However, if I set out to disprove something, this mindset changes my perspective. It enables me to look at the object of study from different perspectives that I may have never seen otherwise.
Now, we are human, and therefore, fallible. As long as we are being truly honest with ourselves, this may be an entirely useless endeavor, or not. So, constructs of any experiment or exploration “should” be considered. That being said, some of my favorite examples are people seeking to disprove something and coming out the other side as a believer and supporter of what they sought to disprove. Sometimes, they come out at the forefront of what is modern, and go down in history.
Doctor William G. Sutherland, for 10 years!, set out to disprove that the cranial bones do not move. On perhaps a less historic note, I myself set out to disprove the power and importance of Cranials. The first time I saw Craniosacral Therapy, I yawned and never thought I would dabble or even bother with it. However, thanks to divine intervention, I took a Deep Tissue course with Carolynn Thompson who convinced me to take her Cranial course. Thanks be to the various gods, you pick which one, I did it. I am grateful, and to this day, still seek to disprove them…and can’t.
This mindset accidentally slipped into play with a friend recently when asked about taking and finishing a course. I honestly attempted to talk this friend out of the course. It was my honest opinion, a discussion, and a wonderful uncovering. After failing miserably at talking her out of the course, it was clear that we could not disprove, “She should take the course,” and our answer was found and concretized.
Backwards as it may be, sometimes answers come in side doors. Sometimes the door opens inward, and when knocking and charging to prove, maybe we make our own doors. ….and that’s a topic for another discussion.
Seek to disprove, see what you find. 🙂