Monday, March 31, 2008

Channeling Mr. Wizard to save us from the Secret

Last week, I received perhaps the coolest email I have every received from the University list serve, when I was informed that the physics students would be shoving random stuff in a microwave to show people what happens. The items include a CD, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, a grape, a candle, Ivory soap, and an egg. The flier describes these actions as “unwise, marginally safe demonstrations.” This reminded me of Mr. Wizard, who was awesome. I wish they would bring that show back.

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A recent article in the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review, titled “It’s Not You, It’s Your Books,” looks at relationships ending because of differing tastes in literature. Personally, I can’t think of any type of media that would be a deal-breaker for me, except maybe “The Secret,” which may be the most misguided ethos I’ve ever encountered. I really want Mr. Wizard to come back and debunk the whole Secret thing. Maybe he could drop Rhonda Byrne from a crane to demonstrate gravity or put her in a giant microwave and then watch her try to will herself out of it.

Anyway, the Times’ article is a pretty good read and does make some interesting points. Anyone out there ever ended a relationship because of different tastes in books?

1 comment:

rude-dolf-oh-no said...

but the secret DOES work. i swear it does. when i first converted to the secret i would ask it for mundane things like "today i want to eat ice cream" or "today i want to receive the latest mix-cd by steve in the mail" and they would never come true. and then i started for more important things like "i want to live somewhere where french is spoken" or "i want to win a free dvd in some contest" and things like that... and they all came true. i used to not believe in the secret and think that it was all wishful thinking, but then i started to ask the secret for things i really believed would make my life better and they started to come true.

anyway, i didn't know you had a blog. i found it through steve's blog. i hope you are well!