Which Came First, the Happy Egg or the Successful Chicken?

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In 2006, New Age self-help guru Rhonda Byrne published her international best-seller, The Secret.  The thesis of that landmark book is that a proper attitude reverberates within and through a person and resonates with the cosmos, setting in motion “The Law of Attraction.” This mysterious “nat ...
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The Day I Met Mother Teresa (Really!)

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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT’S REALLY A MIRACLE?In August of 2014, doctors pronounced dead a Brazilian man named Valdelucio Gonclaves, 54, and summarily dispatched him to the morgue. His family purchased a coffin, published a death notice in the newspaper, planned and paid for the funera ...
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STEALING SANTA CLAUS

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Years ago I watched myself on videotape performing a very difficult sleight of hand move onstage. It’s a part of a routine in which scores of playing cards seem to appear at my fingertips from nowhere then vanish again. At one point, I show the audience both sides of my right hand, attempting to ...
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The Politics of Crazy Beliefs

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DISCLAIMER: Billy Riggs does not speak on (or even address) the topic below in any of his public presentations, but his interests are wide and varied, so he sometimes uses this blog to express views he finds interesting or noteworthy.The unfolding Disneyland™ measles outbreak has reignited the sim ...
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Why We Believe Wacky Things, (Part III)

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This is Part III of Billy’s previous blog...As I write this morning two monsters, brothers named Said and Cherif Kouachi, are holed-up in a French printing factory with a hostage, insisting that they want to die as martyrs and thus experience the bliss of Allah’s blessing upon t ...
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Why We Believe Wacky Things (Part II)

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This is a continuation of Billy’s previous blog...Really smart and quite sane people can believe not-so-smart and way-too-crazy things. When I’m driving at night I often turn on the car radio to keep myself awake. Invariably, I stumble across a late-night program entitled “Coa ...
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Why We Believe Wacky Things (Part I)

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They say that seeing is believing, but new research suggests that isn’t so. To the contrary, believing is seeing. We do not believe things because we see them; we see things (even if they’re not actually there) or refuse to see them (though they may be right und ...
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The Power of Imagination

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Just a few months before I was born in 1958, the first International Tchaikovsky Competition was hosted, as it has been every four years since, in Moscow.  That inaugural year, the winner was a 23-year-old phenom named Van Cliburn. While Cliburn, as first-place champion, would soar to international ...
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The False Beauty of an Illusion

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il·lu·sionnoun. 1. An erroneous perception of reality. 2. An erroneous concept or belief. 3. The condition of being deceived by a false perception or belief.dis·illu·sion·ment noun. The act of freeing someone from an illusion, or the state of being freed therefrom.You have a serio ...
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The View From the Peanut Gallery

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The year was 1935, and an eighth-grade boy whose uncle had nicknamed him “Sparky” was doing even worse than usual. As though being a shy, friendless nerd wasn’t bad enough, Sparky struggled mightily in school. He flunked algebra that year. He also received an F in English and Latin. Astonishin ...
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