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  •  I never read the Beardstown Ladies (1+ / 0-)
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    but I've been persuaded of this and that countless times by books and found out later that I shouldn't have been. And haven't ever learned how to avoid it, except that I know now that however persuasive anything is I need to be skeptical, and immediately go in search of disputing views.

    If you're not an expert on the subject it's very easy to get snowed. In fact it's almost impossible not to be unless you just automatically disbelieve everything or the book is really badly done.

    Two things I am never snowed by, though, because I know better than to read them: books on how to get rich, and books on how to make yourself a better/happier/healthier/thinner/different person.

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