• Michael R. Matthews
Part of the Science: Philosophy, History and Education book series (SPHE)


Feng shui has medical, health, architecture, construction, design, and divination components. It is part of a widespread, long-standing, deeply entrenched Asian view of life, nature, and the world. Feng shui has long migrated from Asia and has an increasing international presence. Feng shui is but one component of the wide spectrum of chi-based Eastern beliefs, therapies, and practices. It is noteworthy that the putative universal life force has never featured in the history of modern science and has never been identified in any science laboratory. Classroom examination offers rich opportunities for science teachers to elaborate on important features of science or ‘nature of science’ (NOS) as selections of these are often labelled. Features such as: the relationship of science to metaphysics, scientific method, the connection of science to worldviews, the demarcation of science from pseudoscience, and the central scientific concept of energy. The claims of this book are not novel. Just over 100 years ago, in 1915 following the collapse of the Manchu dynasty and establishment of the new Republic of China, in the bubbling economic, cultural, philosophical, and warring times of the period, a hugely popular and influential periodical, New Youth (La Jeunesse Nouvelle), was launched. It was edited by Ch’en Duxiu, a noted champion of science, critic of traditional Confucian philosophy and culture, and founder of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).


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  • Michael R. Matthews
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  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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