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Resigned and his papers retracted

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Reviewed: 12-27-18

I think anyone considering purchase of a Wansink book should know that he has resigned his position at Cornell University under a cloud and had numerous papers retracted from JAMA and other medical journals. See the article in December 26 2018 Washington Post.

Slim by Design audiobook cover art

Resigned and his papers retracted

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I think anyone considering purchase of a Wansink book should know that he has resigned his position at Cornell University under a cloud and had numerous papers retracted from JAMA and other medical journals. See the article in December 26 2018 Washington Post.

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Magical thinking for the dominant culture

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Reviewed: 12-25-12

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This book is a rehash of the positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, though I take her at her word that she has worked hard at this. She certainly seems earnest. If the approach worked, it would have worked for all of us that tried it then. I had already used the credit on this when I saw where it was going so I listened to it. The ideas presented will appear to work for a time if you are of a privileged class or do not live in an actual war zone. If you find that positive thinking is not the ultimate solution or that it is not the prime motivator of the whole universe, read something grounded in research or actual science. A good start, balm for the soul that has been abandoned by the abundance this author claims, is Bright-sided by Barbara Ehrenreich. Some of the exercises seem to be adapted from CBT and there is help to be had by working with one's thinking styles and habits. However, it does not influence the actual working of the universe nor does it mean that things happen for a reason. If some of the ideas here help and then stop helping, or if you come to the conclusion that how one thinks influences our experience of actual events, another great resource is David Burns for any of his books on CBT for the popular audience.