DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/52/S20.060


G. Wojtkun
Wednesday 13 September 2017 by Libadmin2017

References: 17th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2017, www.sgem.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7408-09-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, 29 June - 5 July, 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 52, 469-476 pp, DOI: 10.5593/sgem2017/52/S20.060


Since the dawn of time, housing has been closely linked to the characteristic natural environmental factors – geological, hydrological and climatic conditions occurring in a given area. Lack of knowledge acquired by our ancestors about the causes of processes and phenomena existence in both – natural and built environment, has led to the formulation of various hypotheses around this subject. One of them became the founding of the art that was focused on finding the right place to settle down permanently (mineral and water resource were also important aspects of this process).
The ancient Chinese, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans were very well acquainted in radiesthesia, also known as the dowsing. When they found a place to settle down, they tried to indicate a location that would be deprived of the negative influence of „the energy” coming from the outer space or the interior part of globe.
The term „radiesthesia” was widespread in the second half of the 1930s (A. A. Bouly). Several decades later in the entourage of people dealing with dowsing, the belief in a destructive influence of geobiological (ionosphere) and geopathic (subsoil) radiation on living organisms (humans and animals) and inanimate matter (buildings) has been firmly established. At present, the actions of radiesters focus mainly on locating the source of harmful radiation of natural and artificial origin and its neutralisation. In the first case the point is a so-called underground watercourse, while in the second one the item deals with equipment and devices producing electromagnetic field („electromagnetic smog”). The advice of radiesters has been often taken into account for the interior design projects or even housing building complex. All of the above are conflicted with the achievements of modern science and technology (physics laws, accomplishment in geology, geotechnics, hydrology, etc.). However, if we consider the radiesthetic theory as a reliable one, then we should look at it differently than we have done it until now. It seems that the relevant meaning in this case would has the combination of the results obtained by the intuitive, subjective assessment of both the natural and built-up environment with its measurements.

Keywords: geology, geotechnics, human residential environment, hydrology, radiesthesia