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By François de La Rochefoucauld

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1665
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This is the fullest number of l. a. Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and comprises the 1st entire translation of the Miscellaneous Reflections. A desk of different maxim numbers and an index of subject matters support the reader to find any maxim quick. - ;'Our virtues are, regularly, purely vices in disguise.'

Deceptively short and insidiously effortless to learn, l. a. Rochefoucauld's sensible, unflattering analyses of human behaviour have encouraged writers, thinkers, and public figures as numerous as Voltaire, Proust, de

Gaulle, Nietzsche, and Conan Doyle. the writer gave himself the following pointers: 'The reader's top coverage is to imagine that none of those maxims is directed at him, and that he's the only real exception...After that, I be sure that he'll be the 1st to join them.'

This is the fullest selection of los angeles Rochefoucauld's writings ever released in English, and contains the 1st entire translation of the R--eacute--;flexions diverses (Miscellaneous Reflections). A desk of other maxim numbers and an index of themes aid the reader to find any maxim speedy and to understand the entire variety of los angeles Rochefoucauld's concept on any of his favorite subject matters, reminiscent of self-love, vice and advantage, love and jealousy, friendship and self-interest,

passion and satisfaction. - ;This extraordinary book of l. a. Rouchefoucauld's seminal 'Maxims' combines the erudition and comprehensiveness of a scholarly version with the welcoming accessibility of a first class textbook. - Kevin De Ornellas, college of Ulster

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Parapsychological interest in the study of other paranormal beliefs has been slower to develop (see Chapter 3), but research on the broader topic is now commonly reported in parapsychological journals. Apart from the relationship between psi belief and ESP-test performance, there are several reasons for parapsychologists to promote research on paranormal belief. An understanding of the bases of these beliefs might help to account for the ambivalence some parapsychologists feel when they obtain positive results in psi experiments (Inglis, 1986; McConnell and Clark, 1980).

By way of illustration, only a very small number of people have claimed to have personally witnessed the Loch Ness monster; the prevalence of belief in cryptozoological life forms therefore seems to be largely a product of accounts of these creatures disseminated in the media. ’ appears to constitute the ultimate proof of authenticity. indd 31 2/6/09 15:44:58 32 The Psychology of Paranormal Belief children. ). The media, on the other hand, often are moved by the profit motive to provide consumers with entertainment in preference to accuracy and deceptive presentation of the paranormal therefore is not uncommon (Ejvegaard and Johnson, 1981; Emery, 1996; Jenkins, 2007; Klare, 1990; MacDougall, 1983; Meyer, 1986).

Third and perhaps most important, as Plug (1976) observes, it is difficult to elicit responses in this style of inquiry without using the word ‘superstition’, yet the very mention of this pejorative term would likely inhibit participants’ willingness to acknowledge ‘foolish’ beliefs (see also Jueneman, 2001). For these reasons, it is doubtful that the index of superstitiousness generated in these early studies would be highly reliable or valid. The questionnaire evaluation of paranormal belief appears to have been pioneered by parapsychologists or, as they were then known, psychical researchers; a very short scale was utilised in a study of superstitiousness conducted by Minot (1887) under the auspices of the American Society for Psychical Research.

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