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The Bovis scale, named after French radiesthesist André Bovis (1871–1947; also referred to as either Antoine or Alfred by some authors), is a concept used by dowsers and adherents of geomancy to quantify the strength of a postulated "cosmo-telluric energy" inherent in a location.
The attribution to Bovis is due to his grandson, the self-designated "geobiologist" Jacques Bovis. The concept was further developed by one André Simoneton (1949), who introduced the term "radio-vitality" (radiovitalité). Simoneton's scale was in turn developed into a "modern Bovis scale" by Swiss "geobiologist" and former Vaud cantonal parliament member Blanche Merz (1919–2002), who founded an Institut de recherches en géobiologie at Chardonne in 1979 and whose self-published books appeared from the 1980s. Merz' books enjoyed some popularity in French-speaking Switzerland and were reprinted by commercial publishers in the later 1980s and 1990s, in translation also reaching German-speaking Europe. Merz' 1983 Hauts-Lieux Cosmo-Télluriques in 1987 was also published in English translation.
The Bovis scale has not been recognized by official science and it is not related to the scientific method, while bovis can not be detected by any current scientific measurement system. Thus, the "measurement" consists of the dowser using a pendulum or similar object over a printed board with a scale on it and subjectively declaring a Bovis number. Sometimes, the unit of the Bovis scale has been mistakenly associated with the ångström (1 Å = 0,1 nm or 10−10m), which is, instead, a real scientific measurement unit. Pseudo-scientifically speaking, it is said that a number of 6,500 (fresh, raw, vegetable foods) is considered "sufficient" (to keep the energetic balance), lower figures negatively affect human life and body functioning, higher numbers (as detected in fresh, ripe fruit and freshly pressed juices, seeds and sprouts, which score 8,000-10,000 on the Bovis scale) have positive effects aiding physiological functions. Numbers above 10,000 are in the "ethereal range", considered "Places of power".
- Blanche Merz,Hauts-Lieux Cosmo-Télluriques (1983)
- Blanche Merz, Points of Cosmic Energy, The C.W. Daniel Company Ltd (1987), ISBN 0-85207-194-9.
- Simoneton, André: Radiations des aliments, ondes humaines et santé, Paris (1971)
- Simoneton, André: Radiovitalité des aliments - hypothèses sur la vie et la santé (1949)