Is Feng Shui a scientific discipline based on the analysis of energy?

Discussion in 'Eastern Philosophy' started by Mind Over Matter, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Mind Over Matter Registered Senior Member

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  3. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    It's superstition for the most part. Perhaps some of it started for sound reasons, but a whole industry arose around it which was codified into a permanent system of fraud.
     
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  5. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    The simple fact of the matter is that most people are affected by the things they have in their living and working space, and how those things are arranged in that space.

    The principles of this may be hard to put into words, but given that people are more or less pleased with a space, they apparently do operate by these principles.
     
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  7. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    That would mean that there are ideal spaces common to all people, and that cannot be true. It's all part of thinking there is an ideal universe moving with geometrical precision and ideal rulers ruling in accordance with ideal universal principles...
     
  8. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    No, it doesn't mean that.

    But it does mean that for an particular person, or for a type of persons, the same kind of choice and arrangment of things in space will seem pleasant.
    Which is something that can be readily observed.
     
  9. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    I guess that's why it's so concerned with astronomy and alignment with the poles.
     
  10. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    This was the first interior decorator that the world ever knew. They used this "method" to attract the rich to use them as they had the secret knowledge as to where things look there best without making the rich seem stupid because they couldn't do it themselves.

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  11. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    It's actually a brilliant marketing tactic.
     
  12. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

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    I've always been hesitant about it. I just don't see how the placement of furniture can increase wealth or happiness.

    It falls into the catagory of what I call "spooky dooky" - crap of supernatural nature that just doesn't make any logical sense.
     
  13. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    No.
     
  14. Search & Destroy Take one bite at a time Moderator

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    There are good interior designers and bad ones. The good ones do make you feel better. People who believe Feng Shui works do think they're increasing the value of their living... placebo or not it works.

    We do not notice it much, but our surroundings have profound effects on mood I believe. Clean office vs dirty office. Feng Shui vs non-feng shui. Etc.
     
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    As soon as I see some sort of blind study indicating that people actually prefer feng shui-arranged rooms over rooms arranged according to other methods (like, you know, just hiring a competent interior decorator), I might take that into consideration...but so far as I know, most people only seem to prefer the feng-shui arrangement after they absorb a line of bullshit about how feng shui is better because of magic.
     
  16. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    What, you don't have a personally favourite pole? Pfft.
     
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  18. aaqucnaona This sentence is a lie Valued Senior Member

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    Its actually furniture rearrangement on steroids + coke.
     
  19. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    That's a fucking lie. Some of them just use heroin.
     

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