complicated (mis)using physical concepts as a form of analogy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_(esotericism) WARNING, PSEUDOSCIENCE IN THE LINK, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK So basically I have this annoying assignment in a philosophy of science course, which ask us to spot out the pseudoscientific and legit portions of an article http://www.suzymiller.com/bsb/FREE-FOR-YOU/rileys_story_suzymiller.pdf While I have no trouble picking out the pseudoscientific stuff, underlined in red in the attachment (there might be more), the fact that omitting these red alarming bits and the article still make sense started to make me wonder 1. In a Nutshell, the pseudoscientific sounding yellow bit, is the actual thing that happened is that (somehow), the therapist Suzy Miller managed to put herself in the shoe of thinking of the autistic Riley, and that the method claimed here is to try to thnk in the perspetive of the autistic thus allow one to be emotionally connected to them? That is ,whenever she mentions "energy", maybe it's a erroneous attempt to put into analogy of what the actual concept is, "the way an autistic think"? 2. More generally, when reading some esotericism items, I also found this weird thing that even if you completely ignore the non scientific "energy stuff", the remaining things is logical and reasonable. So is esotericism the result of some people trying to comprehend social phenomenon and interactions (which are known to be unpredictable, ambigurous, complex and hard to reproduce the responses in experiments (hence the distinction between natural and social sciences)), using some intuitive terms such as energy as a rough (even inaccurate) analogy?