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Con artists like Joe Dispenza might actually add some value

From the book "The Confidence Game":

There was no basis for animal magnetism, the commission reported back.

The whole thing was a sham—at least from a scientific standpoint.

From what standpoint was it not? If it was all a con, how had it had physical effects on so many people?

Mesmerism is one of the earliest examples of the power of our beliefs to change reality: the placebo effect, or dissonance reduction at its finest, in full action. We want to believe something works, and so we will it to work.
Our mind literally changes the reality of our body’s health.

Mesmer clearly possessed strong powers of suggestion, and people really did get better in his presence.

Scientifically, what he was doing was worthless.
But people latched on to his purported claims, and the more popular were his successes, the more they conveniently forgot those patients he wasn’t able to help.
His reputation grew stronger apace.

Such as, the con artist is a con artist, and often a POS who's trying to take advantage of others.

Yet, for some people, the placebo effect and possibly the strong belief in the healer himself, can lead to real improvements.

One might argue that shelling out money to a healer wasn't necessary and one could have done it by himself.
But still, many wouldn't have done it by themselves anyway and the "healer" served as a catalyst for belief.

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