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By Martin Gardner

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ISBN-13: 9780393057423

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Martin Gardner, debunker of clinical fraud and chicanery, explores during this identify startling clinical recommendations, reminiscent of the potential for a number of universes and the idea that point can cross backwards. Armed together with his specialist, sceptical eye, he examines the weird tangents produced through Freudians and deconstructionists of their opinions of "Little pink driving Hood" and divulges the fallacies of pseudoscientific treatments, from health professional Bruno Bettelheim's faulty idea of autism to the tough farces of Facilitated verbal exchange and Primal Scream treatment.

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18). The journey to India is a search for wisdom, and therefore relates back to Apollonius' own spiritual and intellectual growth. Undertaking the trip is also a performative act of Apollonius' masculinity. 20). This last passage has two effects. First, it solidifies Apollonius' masculinity, thereby solidifying his Hellenic identity. Second, Philostratus moves Apollonius outside the sphere of Roman imperium into a space where Greek identity can be expressed without a negotiation with Rome. II. 24 In the opening of the biography, Philostratus laments, "some, because of his association with the magoi of Babylon, the Indian Brahmans, and the Gymnoi (Naked Ones) in Egypt, consider him a magos25 and forcefully slander the sage" (oi 8e, S7isi8f| uA,covia>v Kai 'IvSrov 24 1 examine the second reason for the accusation, Apollonius' foreknowledge, in chapter three.

328c). While Philostratus does not use the military metaphor found in Plutarch, he nevertheless employs the language of masculinity to discuss Apollonius' journey to India. After telling his disciples about his decision to travel to the East, he announces, 22 Lucian alludes to the sophist Favorinus, who famously lacked sexual organs. Gleason (1995): 132-135 notes the comparisons between this satire and Favorinus' biography. 23 Whitmarsh (2001a): 114, following Gleason (1995). 41 "I was testing you to see if you have the strength for the things which I have undertaken.

The implications of Philostratus' comments about the letters are several. In the first place, Apollonius' letters were in circulation by the second century. We can further ascertain that there was more than one edition in circulation, since Philostratus claims to have made his own collection of his letters. No "critical edition" of the letters existed in antiquity, since Apollonius had no one to play Tiro to his Cicero. Moreover, by giving a criteria by which to judge the authenticity of a letter, he reveals that forgeries existed by the time he was writing his biography in the third century.

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