Re: Knowledge, Memes and Sensory Perception

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Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 19:53:24 GMT

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    On Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at 01:49 , Grant Callaghan wrote:

    > So I guess you don't believe that light affects how you react
    > to your environment or that the palcebo effect has any
    > influence on how people feel.

    That is _not_ what feng shui or acupuncture claim.

    They both claim to harness 'chi', whatever that hell that is.

    There are several, really good studies about how light affects us.

    None of them are being done by feng shui scientists, because
    there are no feng shui scientists. There is no valid mechanism
    for feng shui.

    The placebo effect is what it is. Nothing. If one's culture
    dresses up nothing in some ersatz ritual or treatment, fine and
    dandy. It is not my culture, and very little folk medicine is
    worthwhile for me, since the placebo effect is useless to me.

    Incidently, the original theory behind acupuncture and most of
    TCM is that the blood vessels (which they only ever saw empty
    and dry in cadavers) carried air, this so-called 'qi' or 'chi'
    or whatever the hell it is.

    At any rate, there is no valid mechanism for TCM, beyond
    cultural acceptance, gullibility, and false reasoning.

    - Wade

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