Why Feng Shui is bad for Economics.    

lillian Too gained international fame, and boatloads of money, by writing books claiming that Feng Shui provided the catalyst that allowed her business success. She claims that Feng Shui was more important than the social connections and skills she gained at Harvard. Lillian too proves that broken clocks strike right twice a day, but little else. There is no evidence to suggest that her business success is due to the arrangement of her house, and cosmic intervention, when supply/demand, chance, and good management skills provide a much simpler, coherent, and meaningful explanation. Economics require social scientists to adhere to an objective, verifiable method that contradicts and disproves superstitious nonsense like Feng Shui.

The scientific method underlies the practical value of Economics. Economics studies how limited resources interact with unlimited wants. Economists derive different strategies to rearrange resources to best satisfy society’s needs. To make these claims Economists rely on the scientific method. For example, John Maynard Keynes posited that massive government spending could stimulate economic growth because of what he saw during the Great depression and World War Two. Keynes observations are replicable. Walking around Shanghai illustrates Keynes results, the PRC has pumped money into Shanghai and as a result Shanghai’s economic growth increased. Feng Shui can not explain Shanghai’s economic bloom. Less people practice Feng Shui now than ever before, and therefore if Feng Shui held sway, less people should reap economic rewards, but everyday the standard of life increases in Shanghai. Feng Shui and economics are mutually exclusive. Good Feng Shui can generate good Qi. This cannot coexist in a scientific world where energy cannot be created or destroyed. If one applies Feng Shui’s logic to Economics than Unlimited wants could be met by the boundless Qi. This does not correspond to reality.


If China is included into the Transpacific Partnership China’s GDP will increase due to increased exports and spending, not Feng Shui

Feng Shui does not have the same methodological framework, and therefore is only feudal superstition. Flying Star Feng Shui practitioners claim that if you sync your life, your house, and the Bagua you can fix the specific area of your life that is deficient. This untestable indirect claim wilts under the mountain of its own internal contradictions. Each aspect of the Bagua is poorly defined, and therefore immeasurable. This allows practitioners to claim that minor changes in wealth resulted from Feng Shui when there are a myriad of other possible reasons, like domestic spending. The scientific method is humble, it doesn’t prove that increased domestic spending increases economic growth, but it does provide further evidence to support a very strong hypothesis Feng Shui lacks the scientific method’s humbleness, it makes outright direct claims about nature.


The construction of the Terracotta warriors increased Qin China’s GDP more than Feng Shui ever has.