Is 'chi' a philosophical concept or is it part and parcel of 'reality'?

Has the reality of Chi been detected by modern science, or is it beyond
the realm of modern science?

Is it of any significance whether chi is detectable or not by modern
science?

Is chi more easily experienced by East Asians than by Westerners?

--ED




Definitions of chi on the Web:
    * qi: the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is
thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine
the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be
essential for good health  ... wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
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    * Chinese units of measurement are the customary and traditional
units of measure used in China. In the People's Republic of China, the
units were re-standardised during the late twentieth century to make
them approximate SI (metric) units. ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_(China)
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    * A Chinese term for the all-encompassing universal life force that
flows in and around our body. Also called Ki, Prana, Mana and many other
names in other belief systems.
www.reiki.nu/treatment/healing/dictionary/dictionary.html
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onary/dictionary.html&sa=X&ei=6VYbTaDcHof2tgPn4KWICg&ved=0CCQQpAMoCg&usg\
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    * Breath of Life The primordial energy which is the basis for the
universe and everything in it. It is the matrix out of which matter and
energy are formed, and is expressed as the life force in all living
things.
www.dstaiji.com/glossary.html
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    * (AKA Qi): "An internal energy that flows through the acupuncture
meridians bringing a life-giving force to every organ in the body. Qi is
used for every movement and action of the body; without it we die." p.
412, glossary, The Encylopedia of Dim-Mak, Erle Montaigue and Wally
Simpson.
holylife.healingmindn.com/definitions.html
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s.html&sa=X&ei=6VYbTaDcHof2tgPn4KWICg&ved=0CCcQpAMoDQ&usg=AFQjCNGLFO68T6\
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