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Another publisher's watered down self-help cash-grab,
This review is from: Rip It Up: The radically new approach to changing your life (Paperback)
Richard Wiseman confuses me. He's an intelligent, critical thinker - and I always enjoy his observations on documentaries about debunking pseudo-science. His daytime TV show "People Watchers" was accessible and interesting. Books like this and 60 Seconds though just come across as being lazily written at the request of a publisher wanting "another title to knock out". Similarly to Paul McKenna, Wiseman rehashes lots of other peoples work and ideas and then presents as the "expert". The concept of modelling others, or acting as if, has been discussed even way before it was rehashed as part of NLP.
So I feel conflicted about books like this. On the one hand, it makes simple ideas like this accessible to the masses who don't have a clue where to look. On the other hand, if anyone is interested in this kind of thing, there are much better texts out there.
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Initial post: 6 Feb 2013 09:37:37 GMT
amazon customer says:
the paradox is that the book starts with an excellent quote by Aristotle: 'you learn by doing'. But the book doesn't give you practical steps on what to do. Instead, the author rambles on about a bit on the government, a bit on this, a bit on that. It's just another of the books you mentioned. Agreed 100 per cent.
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