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Posted in Daoism, Feng Shui, Magick, New Age Baloney, Qi, Technology, Ultimate Reality with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by wizardsmoke

Some people I know seem to think feng shui is bunk. They have a nice, vain, insecure little chortle to themselves about how obvious it is that feng shui (originally ancient Chinese burial practice) is complete bunk; something for dopey LARPers who don’t understand the brilliance of science and the difference between correlation and causation.

W. Smoke, Esq.’s flawless argument for how feng shui works is as follows:

(1) Everyone agrees that music can be an emotional catalyst — a conduit to emotional and psychological states of mind. Even people who don’t care much about music will agree — music makes movies, advertisements, plays, etc. much more manipulative and affecting. Music is a medium of illusion, but an obvious one, which can make it more potent, ironically. So, we can be affected by music.

(2) If music does this, so do all forms of art — especially visual art. Paintings by sorcerors and illusionists have distinct effects upon the mind and environmental perceptions (stare at Van Gogh for too long and you feel spaced or forgetful) ; macabre or horribly melancholy paintings do likewise. There are also uplifting paintings: great masterpieces of sculpture, Daoist and Buddhist calligraphy, pinnacle achievements of technical craftsmanship in oil painting or ukiyo-e prints. All art and legit creative expression colors our mind.

(3) Paintings and music are intrinsic portions of a man-made environment. Sinister paintings create a sinister environment. And sinister art is simply a certain arrangement of lines, melody/harmony, aesthetics, etc. So, one could simply create an environment with completely decrepit and queasy arrangement, and the environment would be totally draining on a level related to natural energy. All environments naturally betray creative color or energy.

Ah! But that’s the missing link here: energy, or specifically qi. Most people don’t believe in it, because it’s not some concrete stuff they can put into a cup. The irony is that people don’t give a shit about the things that they can see and touch. Most of us, anyway. Actually, this is the entire point of prayer in religion (particularly Judaism/Xtianity/Islam): to elevate one’s gracious awareness of the delicate importance of all things we take for granted, like food and water, friends and family, the internet, our precious blog audience, etc.

So, for people to be aware of qi, they have to be aware of really basic things in the first place. Even if people could “prove” the existence of qi and these kinds of things, it wouldn’t make much of a difference. What good are people who refuse to cultivate qi because some scientist didn’t prove it to them first? Does anyone prove a sex drive to other people before they feel sexual impulses?

My science is too tight!


Carl Sagan and the Demon(s) of Pseudo-science

Posted in Doom and Evil, Future World, Religion, society, Technology with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2008 by wizardsmoke

Science is a pretty big thing for folks these days. It’s the new religion, right? I guess between educated empiricists and uneducated creationists, I know who I’m going to side with — although any kind of fundamentalist/evangelism is just spiritually filthy. The problem is just that, most people aren’t smart. And most people aren’t predisposed to study science. And science doesn’t necessarily solve people’s varying emotional or existential problems. People need something to attach to, a fantasy. That’s how they keep it together. Give us a fantasy, scientists!

People with an ethnocentric or “racial” agenda often claim logical means to stage their arguments, much like satanists/black magicians, businessmen or politicians: They pitch their argument as being the result of an empirical investigation of reason or logic when of course, the real underlying message is their emotional disposition and unbalanced attachment to negative views. It’s what Carl Sagan would call, “pseudo-science”. In other words, presenting only certain facts under a pretext of science in order to obscure the bigger picture from casual observers.

From the man hisself, in The Demon-Haunted World (via Wiki):

“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces… I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. Where have we heard it before? Whenever our ethnic or national prejudices are aroused, in times of scarcity, during challenges to national self-esteem or nerve, when we agonize about our diminished cosmic place and purpose, or when fanaticism is bubbling up around us – then, habits of thought familiar from ages past reach for the controls. The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.”

Carl Sagan was cool, but his technological idealism reflects the liberal urban attitude of his generation. The belief that science is this great illuminating torch that will save us savages from our ignorant beliefs. Whatevas. More like, divine providence will save us, Carl! Presuming we get saved or even need saving…

I presume what Carl Sagan is predicting here is not necessarily (or not only?) a ethnicially driven war or terrorism, but maybe the technological lockdown of the lower classes by the uber-elite. You know, the stasis of society and freedoms of a civilization dependent upon technology which only an elite number of operatives have the experience to control.