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Nouveau Tech Package of Inside Secrets Unknown Binding – 2004
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In preliminary advertising for the book, the publisher tells prospective buyers that the "inside secrets" include a "10-second miracle" that will allow the reader to "attract money and success, the most deep romantic love, the most loyal friendships, effortlessly . . . you could apply this highly-guarded secret in less than 10 seconds." Exactly what this highly guarded secret is and how the reader goes about applying it are never explained in this book.
The preliminary advertising also states that, after acquiring this book and reading all 1200 pages from beginning to end, one will win every time one gambles and learn how to win at lotteries, racing, etc. This is not luck, one is quickly informed, for there is no such thing. The ability to win at games of chance no matter what is actually the power of the "inside secrets" working for you, the reader. But again, there is no indication of what the power is or how you can achieve it and apply it anywhere in the book. So if you were hoping to find out how you could finally live the good life -- or at least learn something that would help you make enough money to stop having to choose between buying food or your prescription medications -- skip this book because it will do you no good whatsoever.
OK, so now we know what we don't get. Which begs the question: this tome is 1200 pages long, so there must be something in there. What "inside secrets" *do* we get?
True, free, unregulated capitalism, the Neo-Tech authors state, is the only way to achieve real freedom, wealth and contentment. This is possible for anyone, regardless of background, religion, age, socio-economic status, race, color or creed. All you need to do is become a "value producer" and create "things of value to society." How you determine what these things of value are and come up with the time, start-up money and resources to create them is your problem. Being handicapped, mentally challenged or disabled is no excuse either.
Here in a nutshell are the other so-called "inside secrets:"
There is no god besides your subconscious right brain, and Ayn Rand is its prophet. If you ever thought you heard a god talking to you, or something called premonition, or a "sign," it's just your right brain, unless you're schizophrenic (in which case your left brain is in on the act too). Any real or imagined external authority, including religion and psychotherapy, is doomed to fail because ultimately, the only way you're going to become healthy, wealthy and wise is through self-responsibility.
Big business, good. Taxes, bad. Aristotle, good. Plato, bad. Unregulated capitalism, very good. Government, very bad. Leona Helmsley, good. FDR, bad.
Do your job better than anyone else ever could by learning and implementing effective time management techniques: set aside blocks of time for each of your tasks, i.e., devote an hour to answering all emails, another hour to writing letters, another for phone calls, etc. Bear in mind that this will only get you so far: if you really want to achieve your full and true potential, you must start your own business and become one of the fittest value producers to really survive and prosper. As stated above, the Neo-Tech authors don't tell you where you get the start-up money to finance this venture or how to pay the bills while you do so; their only advice is to "keep your current job while you build your business." Oooh, yes, there's a big inside secret: don't give up your day job and be sufficiently good at it to avoid getting fired. Like, awesome, dude.
Find a consenting partner or partners of legal age and have sex. Have lots and lots of sex. Do not feel guilty about it as it is a perfectly normal, healthy activity. You should stay away from pornography and other forms of entertainment that are exploitative and degrading, though. Limiting yourself to one partner, like in marriage, would be the ideal, but if you really can't handle that it's OK since it obviously interferes with expressing your true will (Aleister Crowley fans are smiling now). However, if you're straight, do take the proper precautions and avoid having children since they will diminish your individual potential for happiness, career success and wealth.
In case you were wondering, pedophilia is always wrong. Bestiality gets a pass, though: animals have no consciousness, intelligence or rights in the Neo-Tech world, and if they go extinct, some other species will come along to take their place, so don't worry about it. It's OK to pollute and use up all of Planet Neo-Tech's non-renewable resources too, since the EPA is an evil agency that's only out to cheat the value producers out of their livelihoods.
All organized religions, astrology, and most New Age practices are nothing but a hoax designed to waste your money and time. Meditation and Tarot cards are OK because you use these to tap into the power of your right brain.
Most of the great religious hoaxes of the past 2000+ years has been perpetrated to limit, even destroy, individual potential and the equality of women (personally speaking, I find this easy to believe). The message of the Bible in general and Jesus Christ in particular have been distorted by fundamentalists, evangelicals and right-wing nutcases. Other religions are no better, but Christianity and Islam are really bad because they give people a false belief in an afterlife, which allows them to be tricked into succumbing to the wills of politico-religious leaders and prevents their rising up against oppressive circumstances and regimes.
The next Great War will not take place between nations or religions, but between the Neocheaters (who are more or less everyone except the Neo-Tech thinkers) and Neo-Tech thinkers, who can have biological immortality and achieve unlimited wealth, prosperity and happiness. They can read minds. They can see the future. They can even create galaxies. How do they do it? Because they are the real gods, and you could be a god too if only you'd wake up, shake the cobwebs out of your right brain and adopt the Neo-Tech philosophy.
How does one adopt the Neo-Tech philosophy? Many long hours and 1200 pages later, you won't have a clue. You'll be told over and over again that Neo-Tech is the way to go, but nowhere in these 1200 pages is there a systematic method to follow. There are many tables and charts to show what Neo-Tech isn't ... but one never does find out exactly what it is.
We are informed that one must read the entire 1200 pages in their entirety to become a true Neo-Tech thinker. However, as stated above, there is a great deal of needless repetition, no systematic orientation and insufficient substance to justify the $139 price tag. In addition, a full 69 pages of 10-point, single-spaced type are devoted to nothing but positive comments from (so we're led to believe) happy readers who can't help expressing their gratitude for the enlightenment Neo-Tech has brought them. (Negative comments are not printed and are dismissed in a single, curt paragraph.) How does knowing other people are doing it help you achieve your own enlightenment and prosperity? Your guess is as good as mine.
If you do buy the book directly from the publisher, which is touted as containing "all" of the inside secrets you'll ever need to achieve health, wealth and happiness beyond your wildest dreams, you are then told to go on and buy the "inner circle" secrets (it's worth thousands and thousands, but they'll sell it to you for only $99). Now wait just a minute, you say: why is it that we got all of the secrets in this book but then we have to go on and buy the "inner circle" secrets? Well, this is so that you can prime your brain to achieve wealth. Ah-ha, so the "inner circle secrets" book will present the systematic method needed to apply the inside secrets? Er, no. You're then expected to buy yet another book called "Annabelle's Secrets" with a similar price tag. Then and only then are you ready to work with a mentor - after you pay an "initiation fee" - and then pay a monthly fee to access online meetings that will help you achieve your immortal potential. In the monthly meetings, you'll learn how to become a salesperson for Neotech Publishing.
To be fair, some of the reading is interesting with ideas worth consideration. For example, the time management suggestions are very useful. It's also certainly true that anyone is better off accepting personal responsibility for their own health and overcoming addictions to caffiene, sugar, cigarettes, drugs, or blind faith. The basic philosophy of "integrated honesty" has a great deal of merit (even though the authors don't practice what they preach), as well as the need to do away with the "white collar hoax" that can cause us to accept others' authority without question.
Unfortunately, large portions of this book deteriorate into embittered rants with few or no logical, coherent facts and debate to support the contentions. These rants appear throughout the book, and the lack of effective examples makes it all mind-numbing rather than mind-expanding - one keeps thinking the authors will have a point behind their denigration of everyone from Karl Marx to John F. Kennedy, but nothing much appears.
A better use of your reading time might be Julian Jaynes' "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind," which is highly praised throughout this "inside secret" book, followed by Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" while bearing in mind that the latter is fiction (something the Neo-Tech authors would like to ignore since they have no admiration for Rand as a person, only as the author of AS). Alternatively, or additionally, read Leonard Peikoff's "Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand" (if I were Mr. Peikoff or his descendants, I'd consider taking Neotech Publishing to court for plagiarism). As far as the Neotech books themselves are concerned, I think your money is better spent elsewhere. If you're still curious, either pick up used copies for much less or use a search engine to read some of the contents online before you open your wallet.
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