As in modern science inquiry, classical Chinese sciences bases its theories on detailed observations of the natural world. Classical Chinese scientists/philosophers understood the universe to exist in a state of constant flux. While these states of change can appear random and chaotic, they are in fact built upon defined and discernable patterns. The material forms of nature were understood to be the end result of these basic underlying patterns. Because of this, classical Chinese scientific inquiry prioritised the study of nature's Space/Time motion patterns. In contrast, modern scientific inquiry tends to focus on the material aspects of the natural world that are believed to be fixed and unchanging. This limits modern scientific research to the investigation of a small number of variables in any given study and importantly limits the ability of modern scientific research to investigate the qualities of complexity and change that exist within natural systems. In describing the basic form of nature's Space/Time motion patterns, classical Chinese scientific theory defined a “unified field” theory of the world that appears highly accurate and predictable in real-world situations. Both modern scientific methods and the approaches of classical Chinese sciences meet basic requirements necessary to be considered authentic fields of scientific inquiry, although their root assumptions differ radically. An underlying goal of the work being done at the Xinglin Institute is to find ways to bridge differences which exist between modern scientific inquiry and traditional sources of medical knowledge.