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Feng shui at MSU

I’m a little bit late on this, but last Wednesday the MSU Women’s Center held one of their “Sack Lunch Seminars” on feng shui. I only heard about it because it was announced in the SUB last week, since I really don’t have any contact with the Women’s Center. Most of seminars are faily innocuous, except for the feng shui one. Everyone probably knows what feng shui is (move some furniture and make more money, more or less). If not, go here. Alternatively, one of the best episodes of Bullshit! is on feng shui.

Why do we have to promote this tripe? It’s quite obviously nonsense. Just once I want someone to promote a lecture or talk on critical thinking here on campus. Phil Plait at the Museum of the Rockies on Friday is a step in the right direction, but we need more of it.

Categories: Montana, Skepticism
  1. October 3, 2005 at 7:18 pm

    Beijing is facing really intense problems with drought and incursion of an entire desert, but the Chinese won’t move the capital because the Feng Shui is simply too good, with a river to the south and mountains to the north and the city built as a series of squares on a north-south axis, etc., etc.

    So, we may find it bizarre, but it’s probably worth hearing about in the same sense that the deeply held beliefs of other people are often worth hearing about.

  2. October 3, 2005 at 7:24 pm

    I have no problem with hearing about it or discussing it, but what tends to happen is one-sided promotion, without critical evaluation. The description on the web site I linked indicates they were promoting it, not explaining/discussing it.

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