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    The moderators of somasimple are pleased to announce a new feature. We are lucky to have a number of outstanding contributors making outstanding contributions on a regular basis. Outstanding contribution is a bit a of a norm around here. We are lucky for it and it makes this place what it is. Sometimes, there are contributions that go beyond outstanding though. They demonstrate a clarity of pursuit and a pursuit of clarity that is so striking that it brings us all forward by a giant step, if not several.

    As of today, in an effort recognize these special contributions and the individuals who share them, somasimplers may honor a fellow member by giving them a Newman. The name of this honor carries the memory of Jon Newman, who exemplified outstanding contributions that made us all better.

    And, because we think Jon would like it this way, please pronounce it as Jerry Seinfeld would.

    We are also pleased to announce the very first Newman recipient! Congratulations to PatrickL. Your recent contributions have been a breath of fresh air and have even reminded us a bit our of friend, Jon. The moderators have decided to honor you with a Newman.
    Cory Blickenstaff, PT, OCS

    Pain Science and Sensibility Podcast
    Leaps and Bounds Blog
    My youtube channel

  • #2
    Congratulations Patrick!

    This is a very high honor indeed. Though you've only been here a short time, your earnest and determined search for important answers to difficult questions is precisely what Jon Newman himself consistently personified.

    Furthermore, the thread that you started less than a week ago already has over 1500 views, which I suspect has got to be a top 10 view rate of all time. You've garnered the interest of nearly all the moderators of this board on this single thread, and you did it without hurling insults or creating some sordid drama (although I have found the perspicacious analysis and rigorous attention to logic and the scientific method to possess its own kind of high drama.)

    John Ware, PT
    Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
    "Nothing can bring a man peace but the triumph of principles." -R.W. Emerson
    “If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot
    be carried on to success.” -The Analects of Confucius, Book 13, Verse 3


    • #3
      Congratulations Patrick.


      I think the trophy might look something like this, if we actually had one to hand out. It personifies Jon to the max, IMO.

      HumanAntiGravitySuit blog
      Neurotonics PT Teamblog
      Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division (Archived newsletters, paincasts)
      Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Science Division Facebook page
      WCPT PhysiotherapyPainNetwork on Facebook
      Neuroscience and Pain Science for Manual PTs Facebook page

      SomaSimple on Facebook

      "Rene Descartes was very very smart, but as it turned out, he was wrong." ~Lorimer Moseley

      “Comment is free, but the facts are sacred.” ~Charles Prestwich Scott, nephew of founder and editor (1872-1929) of The Guardian , in a 1921 Centenary editorial

      “If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you, but if you really make them think, they'll hate you." ~Don Marquis

      "In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists" ~Roland Barth

      "Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one."~Voltaire


      • #4
        Thank you,

        I hadn't yet commented on Jon's passing... I have to admit i felt uncomfortable offering any tributes to Jon, given my short time here. Although this is an open forum, the reflections on Jon's life and contributions read to me at least, like private exchanges between grieving friends. So I remained quiet.

        Having received the first 'Newman' however, it would be insulting not to comment. When I read Jon's comments on various threads, it seemed to me that he had a special ability to unify disperate lines of thought and keep a discussion on track. I can't recall reading any post where he was rude or insulting. I gather that his presence will be sorely missed here in this virtual space, and even more so for those who knew him in the real world.

        Thank you to those whom created and developed SS. I feel lucky to have discovered such a great platform for the exchange of thoughts.



        • #5
          Congratulations Patrick. This is quite an honor.

          [From my iPhone, please excuse typing]
          Jason Silvernail DPT, DSc, FAAOMPT
          Board-Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
          Fellowship-Trained in Orthopedic Manual Therapy

          Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

          The views expressed in this entry are those of the author alone and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the US Government.


          • #6

            Congrats, and thank you.
            Luke Rickards


            • #7
              Congrats, Pat. Posting and questioning and wrestling with ideas to get to understanding in a non-threatening way is what Jon brought to SS. You are very deserving of this honor.
              Kory Zimney, PT, DPT


              "Study principles not methods, a mind that can grasp principles will create its own methods." - Gill

              "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." - Galileo Galilei


              • #8
                Congratulations PatickL.
                I added a new image on the profile and posts.
                You're belonging to a new special group: The Newmans.
                Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. L VINCI
                We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. I NEWTON

                Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not a bit simpler.
                If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein


                • #9
                  Nice touch, Bernard.
                  Luke Rickards


                  • #10
                    To our new friend in Manhatten via Canberra, congratulations.
                    Barrett L. Dorko


                    • #11
                      Patrick, well deserved - congratulations!
                      We don't see things as they are, we see things as WE are - Anais Nin

                      I suppose it's easier to believe something than it is to understand it.
                      Cmdr. Chris Hadfield on rise of poor / pseudo science

                      Pain is a conscious correlate of the implicit perception of threat to body tissue - Lorimer Moseley

                      We don't need a body to feel a body. Ronald Melzack


                      • #12
                        Before I got to the paragraph identifying Patrick, I thought "Somebody had better nominate Patrick"

                        Patrick, I have been amazed, and impressed (and a little jealous) as you weed through all this information.




                        • #13
                          Hi Patrick,

                          I was going to say jealous as well but that would imply that this award was something I had earned that you had taken. I think envious is a better word since it is something that I have not earned that I now covet.

                          Congratulations! Well deserved.
                          Byron Selorme -SomaSimpleton and Science Based Yoga Educator
                          Shavasana Yoga Center

                          "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool" Richard Feynman


                          • #14

                            Thanks for that correction.



                            • #15
                              Sometimes, there are contributions that go beyond outstanding though. They demonstrate a clarity of pursuit and a pursuit of clarity that is so striking that it brings us all forward by a giant step, if not several.
                              Ken Jakalski has been making posts on the topics of running and training that have brought me and others forward dramatically on these topics. Additionally he has done so using his simplifying and clarity provoking manner.

                              Thanks for hanging out with us here, Ken. Have a Newman!
                              Cory Blickenstaff, PT, OCS

                              Pain Science and Sensibility Podcast
                              Leaps and Bounds Blog
                              My youtube channel