History Literature / TheSecret

17th Jun '17 5:55:43 PM Xtifr
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'''''The Secret''''' is a self-help book by Australian TV producer Rhonda Byrne that claims to be able to teach you how to get everything you ever wanted (yes, ''everything!'' Even that!) by simply keeping a positive attitude and performing some simple exercises such as meditation, visualization (basically, using your imagination), and writing about what you want. In the book, the [[TheEponymousShow eponymous]] secret is the "Law of Attraction," which states that a positive outlook on life and positive thoughts will attract positive things into your life, whereas negative thoughts will do just the opposite. A big part of this is [[DaydreamBeliever daydreaming about the things you want and believing they're already yours]].

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'''''The Secret''''' ''The Secret'' is a self-help book by Australian TV producer Rhonda Byrne that claims to be able to teach you how to get everything you ever wanted (yes, ''everything!'' Even that!) by simply keeping a positive attitude and performing some simple exercises such as meditation, visualization (basically, using your imagination), and writing about what you want. In the book, the [[TheEponymousShow eponymous]] secret is the "Law of Attraction," which states that a positive outlook on life and positive thoughts will attract positive things into your life, whereas negative thoughts will do just the opposite. A big part of this is [[DaydreamBeliever daydreaming about the things you want and believing they're already yours]].
13th Apr '17 9:25:18 PM Fireblood
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There's also some {{Technobabble}} regarding Einstein, string theory, and quantum mechanics. Also, there are a lot of personal anecdotes from a bunch of people who are suspiciously privileged (ie, mostly white men).

Optical engineer and Sci-Fi author, Creator/TravisSTaylor, recently put out a book titled ''The Science Behind The Secret'' attempting to support The Secret with appeals to authority, noting a long history of similar beliefs, and a terribly butchered reading of quantum physics.

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There's also some {{Technobabble}} regarding Einstein, string theory, and quantum mechanics. Also, there are a lot of personal anecdotes from a bunch of people who are suspiciously privileged (ie, (i.e., mostly white men).

Optical engineer and Sci-Fi author, Creator/TravisSTaylor, sci fi author Creator/TravisSTaylor recently put out a book titled ''The Science Behind The Secret'' attempting to support The Secret with [[AppealToAuthority appeals to authority, authority]], [[AppealToTradition noting a long history of similar beliefs, beliefs]], and a terribly butchered reading of quantum physics.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: No copy of the Emerald Tablet other than this book has ever featured the phrase "As within, so without" after "as above, so below". Furthermore, there is no evidence that it pre-dates the Abbasid Caliphate from around the 8th century.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: No copy of the Emerald Tablet other than this book has ever featured the phrase "As within, so without" after "as above, so below". Furthermore, there is no evidence that it pre-dates predates the Abbasid Caliphate from around the 8th century.



* IWishItWereReal: Contends that doing so will actually ''make'' a desired object real.

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* IWishItWereReal: Contends It contends that doing so will actually ''make'' a desired object real.



* QuoteMining: Used to make it seem as if famous people from the past used "the secret."

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* QuoteMining: Used This is used to make it seem as if famous people from the past used "the secret."



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Obviously, lies on the "idealism" end of the scale. At least theoretically. A cynical person could [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation speculate]] that the author is in fact a deeply cynical individual who wants to make money off of gullible people.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Obviously, it lies on the "idealism" end of the scale. At least theoretically. A cynical person could [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation speculate]] that the author is in fact a deeply cynical individual who wants to make money off of gullible people.
30th Nov '16 7:29:05 PM Anddrix
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* {{Plagiarism}}: Some commentators have suggested that the intellectual content of the work, such as it is, is lifted directly from Wallace D. Wattles' [[OlderThanTheyThink much older]] work ''The Science of Getting Rich'' (which, of course, contains no actual science). Since Wattles was long dead and his work was in the public domain, his heirs couldn't sue.
30th Nov '16 7:25:51 PM Anddrix
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->''Smile, darn ya, smile! You know this old world is a great world after all!''
->''Smile, darn ya, smile! And right away watch Lady Luck pay you a call!''
->''Things are never black as they are painted!''
->''Time for you and joy to get acquainted!''
-->--'''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Foxy]]''', professional MickeyMouse rip-off.
30th Nov '16 7:11:18 PM SantosLHalper
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: No copy of the Emerald Tablet other than this book has ever featured the phrase "As within, so without" after "as above, so below". Furthermore, there is no evidence that it pre-dates the Abbasid Caliphate from around the 8th century.



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2nd Feb '16 11:01:15 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DocumentaryOfLies: A particularly insidious example.
12th May '15 12:46:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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Optical engineer and Sci-Fi author, TravisSTaylor, recently put out a book titled ''The Science Behind The Secret'' attempting to support The Secret with appeals to authority, noting a long history of similar beliefs, and a terribly butchered reading of quantum physics.

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Optical engineer and Sci-Fi author, TravisSTaylor, Creator/TravisSTaylor, recently put out a book titled ''The Science Behind The Secret'' attempting to support The Secret with appeals to authority, noting a long history of similar beliefs, and a terribly butchered reading of quantum physics.
25th Feb '15 7:48:08 PM CassandraLeo
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%%* IWishItWereReal

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%%* IWishItWereReal* IWishItWereReal: Contends that doing so will actually ''make'' a desired object real.


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* RewritingReality: This is effectively what the book claims you can do by wishing hard enough. A cynical observer could comment that the trope name is also an accurate description of the book's ArtisticLicenseHistory, QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything, and QuoteMining.


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* YourMindMakesItReal: Another contention of the film/book.
25th Feb '15 7:41:56 PM CassandraLeo
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* QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything: A particularly {{egregious}} offender.
25th Feb '15 7:39:50 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Plagiarism}}: Some commentators have suggested that the intellectual content of the work, such as it is, is lifted directly from Wallace D. Wattles' [[OlderThanTheyThink much older]] work ''The Science of Getting Rich'' (which, of course, contains no actual science). Since Wattles was long dead and his work was in the public domain, his heirs couldn't sue.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Obviously, lies on the "idealism" end of the scale.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Obviously, lies on the "idealism" end of the scale. At least theoretically. A cynical person could [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation speculate]] that the author is in fact a deeply cynical individual who wants to make money off of gullible people.
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