Has anyone read....?

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   By mudfoot (Unregistered Guest) on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 09:55 am: Edit Post

Has anyone ever read "The Tao of Bioenergetics"?

I would very much like to hear anyones' feedback on this book - I have read it twice (it's a very complex volume, in my opinion anyway :-) and find it fasinating!

Tim - have you ever read this title, if so what is your perspective on the lab experiments conducted in China regarding moving objects?

   By Tim on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 12:54 pm: Edit Post

I've never read it.

   By mudfoot (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 07:24 am: Edit Post

Many thanks for your message Tim! I must say it’s kind of weird receiving a reply from yourself (in a very good and humbling way!) after reading your books etc.

It's a fairly obscure title published by Dr Yang regarding a comparison between the Western and Eastern energy paradigms.

The book is completely theoretical covering Jung to Chen – including an analysis of the impact qi gong theory would have upon modern science, if accepted. Chinese lab testing conducted upon chi gong practitioners, to name just a few…

From historic posts and your books Tim I gather that you do not place emphasis upon the existence or use of chi (my teacher follows a similar stance) but I am confident that anyone who has even a mild interest in the subjects would find this book extremely interesting but fairly hard going - it reads like a text book.

Incidentally if anyone wishes to or indeed is currently writing about such matters then this book is the book for you - it aided me in producing several ok essays and resulted in me achieving a first degree!

Oh and in case you were wondering I am neither the author nor promoter!

Has ANYONE read it?

   By Chad Eisner on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 07:57 pm: Edit Post

Yes, I have read it.

The book is a pretty good detailed resource o nthe subjects talked about but the writing style is so academic it's difficult to get through three pages at a time. Tons of quoting done by the author made me wonder how he got away with copyright laws and such. His premise is much like Capra's in the "Tao of Physics" in the melding of "western" paradigms with "eastern" ones. Presonally I find the whole thing a bit far fetched. I suppose, if one were a Taoist or what not, one would look at everything through those color of glasses, but neither book does such a great job convincing me that modern theoretical physics is a "scientific proof" of Eastern mysticism. It's interesting stuff, but can go WAY too far with most people.

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