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Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume 3 ~ Number 4


About the Cover:  The Barnsley Fern is technically recognized as an affine transformation because it preserves collinearity and ratio of distance, like a parallelogram and a rectangle do. In complex adaptive systems, this process is called self-similarity. Fractals are good geometric example of this process. They represent object or quantities that roughly preserve the same structure across all scales, sometimes on a topological basis.

That’s what this issue of JVSR is bringing to you. The shape subluxation takes falls with this fractal dimension, which is a non-integer measurement of the irregularity of a complex system. The number you see, 1.8, tells you the fractal dimension of the Barnsley Fern. Clint Sprott, Ph.D., a professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has studied subtle qualities of fractals for years. See the link below for more information on this fascinating hidden world.

Taking the Barnsley Fern as our cue, we can infer that the process of subluxation shows us some of the same qualities of scale invariance. Whether we examine it through the quantitative lens of Dr. John Hart’s pattern analysis, the functional dynamics of Dr. Dean Smith’s paper on neuromuscular integrity, or the phylo biological domain of Dr. Mark Filippi’s paper on social/cultural influences, it appears subluxation offers us a path to transformation, if we choose to resolve it.

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