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Old 08-13-2013, 11:46 AM   #81
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Re: Ki energy defined

I have made no secret of the fact that I am uncomfortable in general with the word ki, because it has no agreed-upon definition and because my impression is that it is generally misused by those who are not fluent speakers of Japanese. But what I am uncomfortable with is neither here nor there; I'm sure there are those who use the word effectively.

What really sets off my nonsense alarm, though, is when people start talking about "ki energy" or "ki power". These people are invariably talking about something invisible, immeasurable, and self-existent which we can manipulate in a non-muscular way to produce measurable effects in the physical world, not unlike the Force in Star Wars. And the scientific truth is that no such thing exists.