Feng Shui inadequately explicates natural events

 

 

Feng Shui inadequately explicates natural events

Vivvian Too claims that the “science” of Feng Shui explains the entire physical world. This claim stands blatantly false because extraneous variables confound grandiose claim. For example she argues that the Pennsylvania Avenue’s wide streets and sharp corners create Shar Chi and concentrate inauspicious energy at the white house. This architecture has lead to the decline of the West relative to the rise of the East. This claim assumes that the White House’s Feng Shui affects the entire nation rather than just the inhabitants of the White House. It assumes that America’s alleged decline is linked to China, and it completely ignores any other possible reasons for America’s decline or China’s alleged rise. Factors America’s rising debt, political infighting, a lack of rigorous science education, and a belief in superstition explain America’s alleged decline much more articulately than DC’s immaculate architecture (L’Enfant is rolling in his grave from the suggestion). Feng Shui makes too many assumptions and ignores too many potential confounding variables to make policy recommendations.

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Building in Shanghai near Jingan temple This building demonstrates auspicious Feng Shui

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Many Communist Party buildings central to China’s development lack auspicious Feng Shui. China’s Great Hall of the People in Beijing radiates Shar Chi from its sharply pointed rooflines. The Chinese Communist Party places less of a focus on Feng Shui and more instead focuses on scientific development. China’s Politburo standing committee has Chemistry and Engineering majors not Feng Shui practitioners and China has grown at a remarkable pace. Too’s hypothetical counterargument that China’s growth would be even higher if Chinese leaders focused on Feng Shui can not be proven or defended.

Too claims that Hong Kong has auspicious Feng Shui because of the shape of the river resembles a moneybag. Too’s attempt to divine an entire city’s Feng Shui is a fool’s errand, because it depends largely on how you define a city and what sample size you use. City boundaries are rough political approximates that exist distinct from nature. The size of a city can vary widely depending on who calculates it and how. This makes cites variable institutions that shouldn’t have a calculable Feng Shui. Cities are intricate and always changing to analyze in a coherent way. Feng Shui practitioners can’t analyze the abundance of information in a city without ignoring most of the city in order to get a reading. Feng Shui practitioners can only make weak correlation arguments to support their claims, because while science experiments isolate variables to create a controlled environment. Feng Shui holistic nature disallows isolating variable. The inability of Feng Shui practitioners design replicable experiments causes Feng Shui practitioners to have widely different claims, yet no ability to arbitrate these claims.

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