I mean no disrespect to those who believe in alternative therapies, but has anyone ever thought about the mysterious 'energies' so often bandied about. Where are they, and what are they.

As a specific example, acupuncture is a typical semi-respected practice. In my opinion, the stimulation of nerve points might well relieve pain - but heal? The vague idea that energy 'flows' around the body is, at best, an analogy. Martial arts talk of moving, directing and using energy but this really refers to managing your body movements effectively. Adopting this convenient energy terminology for sticking needles in your skin is not unscientific as such (it makes few falsifiable claims) but it is inconsistent. How are the energies of Tai Chi , room rearranging and accupuncture related? Does the arrangement of furniture interact with the needles; do the needles have to be aligned to the (er) compass points?

Obviously, no one asks these sorts of questions because they have no answers. What makes me sceptical is the lack of curiosity in quasi/pseudo science. Nobody cares if the energy of gods pure love might negate the good dharma of your paintings of Tibet. Quite frankly, who would be able to tell?