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					Holistic Holism

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The root for the word Holism goes back to Early Greek, meaning that
'properties of a system cannot be determined or explained by the sum of
its components alone'. First coined as a word by Jan Smuts in about 1922,
and used to define "The tendency in nature to form wholes that are
greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution." Often
times described as the opposite of reductionism, holism may also be
contrasted with atomism.


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The root for the word Holism goes back to Early Greek, meaning that
'properties of a system cannot be determined or explained by the sum of
its components alone'. First coined as a word by Jan Smuts in about 1922,
and used to define "The tendency in nature to form wholes that are
greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution." Often
times described as the opposite of reductionism, holism may also be
contrasted with atomism.

Holism due to it's nature is an extremely controversial issue, and many
philosophers and scientists beleive many of the claims behind holism to
be false. With that in mind though, their are several idea's that have
come about from holism that are considered main stream in contemporary
philosophy.

In today's ever changing society we are most familiar with holism in the
form of "<a href="http://www.national-holistic-institute.com"
target="_blank">holistic healing</a>". The holistic method of healing is
to recognize that the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual elements
of each person make up a system, and then tries to treat the person, with
this in mind, with emphasis on the cause of the problem and the symptoms.
Because of it's roots, and the emphasis on the body as a whole, holism
rarely uses pharmaceutical drugs,etc. and focuses primarily on
traditional medicine such as : Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Reiki
and Acupuncture.

Holism is an extremely interesting topic, and if it is something that you
are interested in I would recommend a visit to your local library, or a
quick search on the internet for a wealth of information, so that you can
become more informed.