“‘Conversations With God’ Author Accused of Plagiarism”

What? Not ventriloquism? (via Althouse).

About Walter Olson

Fellow at a think tank in the Northeast specializing in law. Websites include overlawyered.com. Former columnist for Reason and Times Online (U.K.), contributor to National Review, etc.
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3 Responses to “‘Conversations With God’ Author Accused of Plagiarism”

  1. ◄Dave► says:

    Remember Reagan expressing amazement at the evidence in the Iran Contra affair not comporting with his memory? Remember the McMartin preschool case where children were coaxed into remembering things that never happened? That foolishness still affects me today as I never allow myself ever to be alone with children in my own preschool without an adult female present.

    I actually believe the man when he says he has told the story so many times that he thinks he remembers it actually happening to him. He seems as befuddled by the revelation as Reagan was. Elizabeth Loftus has an excellent essay, “Creating False Memories” on the subject. ◄Dave►

  2. While I believe some people don’t remember significant things – i.e. a victim of trauma may suppress the memory, very common among auto accident victims – I’m much more skeptical about false memories, especially heartwarming ones like this one.

  3. Mr. F. Le Mur says:

    — “I am chagrined and astonished that my mind could play such a trick on me,” he said.
    Mr. Walsch, whose first book in the series “Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue,” … —

    I sometimes wish I could trick myself into believing that god is conversing with me.

    “Pull the wool over you own eyes.” – J.R. “Bob” Dobbs

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