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— updated 2018-09-07

The freedom to inquire — why is RMHI unique?

by Roger W. Wicke, Ph.D., Director

2018 Aug 22

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Copyright ©2018 by RMH-Publications Trust; all rights reserved.


 
RMHI advocates the freedom to inquire about
any and all topics relevant to human and planetary health,
the free flow of information without censorship,
and the autonomy and natural rights of each individual.
 

There are hundreds of schools and colleges of traditional Chinese medicine ("TCM"). What makes RMHI any different or better than all these other schools?
Below, I will explain why RMHI has deliberately chosen to break with convention in order to avoid several unhealthy and corrupting trends in modern education.

 

The importance of freedom of speech and intellectual inquiry

After acquiring numerous academic degrees, spending some time as a mainstream medical researcher, studying and becoming licensed as an acupuncturist-herbalist, and, finally, dealing with a number of challenging personal health crises, it became crystal clear to me that all our public institutions are simultaneously failing. In my own personal life, I have largely abandoned any reliance on institutions for truth or wisdom. Trusted individuals, when you can find them, however, are worth their weight in gold. As our institutions are failing us, an increasing number of such trusted individuals in my own life have severed all institutional ties, because the mutual incompatibilities had become unbearable. When political correctness, suppression of free speech, scientific fraud, and corruption become institutionalized policies, it is time for all self-respecting individuals to simply walk away.

Famed historian Arnold Toynbee •[a1]• observed that empires in their declining phase are all characterized by fossilized and corrupt governmental, business, cultural, educational, and religious institutions — entrenched, incapable of change, serving only their own perpetuation even to the detriment of the public good, and ultimately ensuring the downfall of the empire itself. Based on a meticulous historical analysis of ancient empires, Toynbee concluded that there was one primary means by which a declining empire could be rescued from the rubbish bin of history — the conscious choice by creative individuals within that culture to strategically "withdraw and return", thus circumventing the corrupt, collapsing institutions of empire. For this to be successful, such individuals must consciously side-step failed, dysfunctional public policies, reject all ties with corrupt institutions, ally oneself with like-minded compatriots, and create alternative, independent means of survival and preservation of important cultural traditions.

The preceding explains why when I founded RMHI in 1990, I chose to scrupulously reject any ties with government educational bureaucracies and accrediting agencies. To the greatest degree possible, I attempted to avoid unnecessary middlemen in business transactions, which is a hard lesson that many social media users are now learning. Conservative and libertarian political views, questioning the status-quo belief in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and exposing high-level corruption of government officials are now a few of the activities that may have gotten one banned from Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube (in this year of 2018). I strive to collaborate only with other businesses, colleagues, and students who respect my insistence on freedom of speech and intellectual inquiry as sacred principles that must never be infringed.

Throughout the many free articles accessible on our website, you will discover how freedom of inquiry, respectful, reasoned debate, and individual creativity are bedrock principles of all that we do at RMHI — our courses, reference materials, software, and even our choice of social media platforms.

While many colleges and universities have engaged in shameless campaigns of political correctness and social engineering and have abandoned all pretense to freedom of inquiry, we are more insistent than ever on the latter. It is our immovable "line in the sand".

 

Interactive instructional software, artificial intelligence

The spirit of inquiry has driven RMHI's development of software learning tools that make our curriculum unlike that of any other TCM school. 30 years ago, when medical schools began to incorporate interactive game software, video simulators, and artificial intelligence into their curricula for training future doctors, I began to ask why must TCM education remain in the dark ages? The vast majority of traditional Chinese medicine schools seem to be obsessed with rote memorization and recitation of ancient texts, even though educational psychologists have proven repeatedly that this form of education is terribly inefficient at enhancing cognitive skills and producing clinical practitioners who can think on their feet. Instead, it tends to lead to graduates who can dutifully recite ancient texts as they would religious dogma but are unable to apply this knowledge to real clinical problems.

RMHI has 17 years of student statistics to prove beyond any doubt that our software-based curriculum — interactive game software, video simulators, artificial intelligence modules — prepares our graduates to accurately analyze complicated clinical cases, a skill that many TCM practitioners may never learn even after decades of practice. Students at other TCM schools have used our software to help them pass professional licensing exams and to remedy deficiencies in their own education.

In summer of 2017, RMHI's AutoSage-TCM expert system for TCM pattern analysis was awarded Honorable Mention (5th place) in the international Herbal Medicine Awareness Competition sponsored by UCLA's Center for East-West Medicine.

To the best of my knowledge, no other TCM school has anything approaching RMHI's software-based, interactive-learning curriculum.

 

Drastically lower tuition fees

Because we refuse to do business with meddlesome educational bureaucracies and do not participate in bloated government programs, and our interactive software has automated many formerly tedious, time-consuming jobs like grading exams and homework, we can pass these savings onto our students in the form of drastically lower tuition costs than at almost any conventional TCM school while offering a superior educational experience.

 

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References

  • [a1] Toynbee, Arnold; A Study of History; abridgement of volumes I-VI by D.C. Somervell; Oxford University Press, New York, ©1946.