“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996)

3 thoughts on “THE BAMBOOZLE

  1. I stumbled over news of an interesting book yesterday, on, of all places, the Spanish-language ‘Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science’ (which I didn’t know existed).

    The book, “El Arte de Vender Mierda” – literally, “The Art of Selling Shit”.

    The writer/group behind it set out to expose the charlatanry behind a load of psuedo science & got as far as inventing their own new ‘therapy’ : shit-magnetism.

    Totally bogus, of course, but the alternative-therapies are lucrative money-spinners – the desperate being more willing to throw money after miracles – and so they were approached about “monetizing” this incredible new invention (which they’d dreamed up as a joke to prove the gullibility of some & the craven lies of others).

    I read a few reviews & interviews: the way the unscrupulous operate seems to transcend subject or area, their tricks will be recognised by anyone who has come up against the brick-wall of unreasoning that the disingenuous throw-up whenever their lies are challenged.

    So, be on your guard if anyone tries selling you a ‘shit-magnet’!


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