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Movies Movie: "The Secret," Fiction, Religion Or Science?

Discussion in 'Theatre, Movies & Cinema' started by arshdeep88, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. arshdeep88

    arshdeep88 India
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    last year someone asked me to see the movie "The secret" and i happened to see it,

    any views on it?
    you think it to be really science or just plain theory ?
    any connection with spiritual part of one's life or religious studies?

    three things are asked of a person who wants something from his/her life in the movie
    2)be grateful
    3)wait and acknowledge

    how does it fit with the SIKHI?
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    re: Movie: "The Secret," Fiction, Religion Or Science?

    I have not seen the movie, but a Sikh already has everything from life, and asks for very little.

    Human nature is such that if the above works once, then an expectation develops
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    re: Movie: "The Secret," Fiction, Religion Or Science?

    The Secret franchise (books, films, DVDs, etc.) has made piles of money, but questions remain about its validity.

    "The Secret" claims to be based on science, at times borrowing phrases from quantum physics. But the premise behind the book has been disproved. According to Byrne, the secret is based on a New Age idea called the "Law of Attraction." It states that similar things attract each other, so positive thoughts bring positive things and negative thoughts bring negative things. Therefore if we simply think about things we want, we will get them.

    There's a superficial logic to this, but in physics, it is opposites — not similars — that attract. Regardless, the book's Law of Attraction has nothing to do with science. One cannot simply wish, think, or feel something into existence.

    Bad logic

    When scientists propose a new theory, they must explain how it works. "The Secret," on the other hand, gets in deep trouble when it tries to explain the mechanism by which the "Law of Attraction" supposedly works. According to the idea, our thoughts somehow send out vibrations that something in the universe somehow deciphers and responds to. If we want to be thinner, or have a new car, the universe will somehow provide it if we think about it. Positive thinking is easier than diet and exercise or earning money to buy a car, but even if the "Law of Attraction" exists, how exactly would the pounds come off, and the new car appear?

    There are other serious problems with the so-called scientific basis for "The Secret."

    According to the book, "Everything that comes into your life you are attracting into your life by your thoughts." Is this true? Everyone who plays the lottery thinks about winning and being rich (otherwise they wouldn't play), yet very few win. If the Law of Attraction works, why would that be? Shouldn't all of the players win, if all it takes is desire and thought?

    According to the "Law of Attraction," if you have an accident or disease, it's your fault, because your negative thoughts brought it on yourself. If an airplane crashes, does that mean that one or more of the passengers caused it? What about the thoughts of others on board the plane? Did the one person's negative thoughts somehow override the positive thoughts of the others, dooming them all?

    There are a few positive messages amid the platitudes; of course an optimistic outlook is better than a pessimistic one; and yes our thoughts and feelings influence how we experience the world. This is no secret, and has nothing to do with any so-called "Law of Attraction."

    The origin of the secret

    A sure sign of crank literature is a self-appointed expert whose main source is a personal inspiration or revelation. If "The Secret" has no basis in science, where did Byrne discover it?

    She admits she just made it up, cobbling together ideas from quantum physics, New Age mysticism, common-sense principles, and a 1910 book called, ironically, "The Science of Getting Rich." Byrne decided that she had stumbled on the key to the universe, and wrote a book about her ideas, not bothering to check for logical errors or scientific reality.

    The secret to book's success is its slick marketing campaign, mixing banal truisms with New Agey magical thinking and presenting it as hidden knowledge. "The Secret" is nothing new, nor is it a secret. For decades, New Age and self-help books like this one have offered up easy answers to life's problems. If any of those books worked, and really contained the secrets to success, wealth, and happiness, they wouldn’t need to publish more — and there would be no need for "Beyond the Secret," "Return of the Secret," or "Son of the Secret.

    - See more at: http://www.livescience.com/5303-pseudoscience-secret.html#sthash.WWtupvO8.dpuf
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