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Re: Re: [humanism-174] In "Garlic Man" We Trust :)

From: Glen
Sent on: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:24 PM
For whatever it's worth, I've been running into more and more people who buy into the idea that we can significantly affect macroscopic objects or events just with our thoughts or observations. Many seem to treat this view almost like a religion or supposed "key to success," and seem to have been heavily influenced by the film "What the Bleep Do We Know?" or the book "The secret." However, the claims of the book are largely anecdotal and have no empirical support, while the film took a lot of artistic license.  As I understand it, the idea that observations alone affect objects is largely restricted to subatomic and quantum phenomena, not everyday objects, at least according to most scientists. Likewise, while positive thoughts and expectations can be great in terms of motivating one towards constructive actions, it seems counterproductive to believe that thoughts alone will produce results, since that view can discourage rather than encourage such
 action.  

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