Reviewing: Factual Manifestation: Scientific View of The Law of Attraction
I personally find it hilarious when “Law” of Attraction proponents try to use science to defend their ill-conceived law. Yesterday, this book by Bridgett Stephenson, which claims to provide a “scientific view” of the “Law” of Attraction, was made free on Amazon’s Kindle service. Now, I’m who believes himself science-oriented with a penchant hatred for the “Law” of Attraction. But because I believe in scientific principles, I still need to keep an open mind. So I decided to acquire this book in order to read it. After all, unlike LOA believers, I’m capable of changing my mind if I find proof of something.
I read the book in about 1-2 hours and I can safely tell you that I wasted my time in doing so, except this entire book was a comedy of errors.
The “Science” in the book is minimal, at best.
The book’s author, Bridgett Stephenson, is a “Certified Hypnotherapist.” Apparently this qualifies her to think she knows the scientific method enough to provide a case for the LOA. I can say with certainty she does not. Stephenson says she was inspired to look into the LOA after watching The Secret (How unique…). She then read “book after book that reinforced the con-fimation [sic] of what was possible, but still gave no clarity of how to take action. Then came YouTube.”
Yes, YouTube. And there’s a ton of LOA videos on YouTube. By a bunch of people who became experts because they believed in the Law of Attraction. But that’s for another time.
Stephenson only spends two chapters, if any, discussing the “science” part of the “Law” of Attraction. She first attempts to explain various parts of the nervous system, such as the Reticular Activating System. She uses the same tired explanation of saying that if you think about something, the RAS makes you focus on it. For example, if you spend time thinking about things that are green, you will see more things in your perception that are green. If you’re thinking about a specific make and model of a car, you’ll notice it more as you go about your business. This is true, but it has zero effect in manifesting anything in your world. The cars and objects were always there, just as everything else is. What you choose to think about has no effect on what you’re exposed to.
Granted yes, an argument can be made that actively focusing on the positive will help make it easier for you to do so subconsciously, you can say that about any behavioral change.
Stephenson throws science out the window in her explanation of vibrations and frequencies
Stephenson, despite trying to promote a Scientific approach to the “Law” of Attraction, dumps definitions of “vibrations” and frequencies that are blatantly and clearly wrong. She does get right the general definition that we are all made of atoms and we do have energy that powers us (But that energy is barely enough to run a light bulb).
But then she goes into how our minds send out “a vibrational frequency based on our thoughts.” Of course, what Stephenson conveniently leaves out is the fact that our brain waves (aka our vibrational frequencies) are so weak that they’re barely noticeable versus radio waves.
Stephenson also gives an example which ends up making her contradict herself: On the first anniversary of 9/11 (Written as “911” in the book), the “Pick 3” winning numbers were also “9-1-1.” She claims that this “stands out due to all the sadness,” but that also “This kind of thing happens all the time” as well. If it happens all the time, then this is basically a coincidence and nothing more. Again, not proof at all of a “Law” of Attraction.
Stephenson then goes straight into New Age woo by talking about how we are all “pieces of the one energy” and “Each person is a frequenc- cy [sic] on the planet], which mean absolutely nothing and are completely false.
The book clearly was rushed and NOT ready for primetime
Stephenson likely rushed her book or failed to get it properly edited and converted for the Kindle service, as there are glaring errors throughout.
The primary error, as you’ve probably already noted from my quotes from the book, is the see-mingly rand-om hyphening of words spr- ead in the book, wh-ich seem to have no rh-yme or r-eason either. It makes re-ading the book incredibly diff-icult when I have to stop and repr-ocess a word because there’s a h- yphen there that shouldn’t be, just as you pro-bably are hav- ing difficulty as you read this pa-ragraph. This clearly should have been fixed WAY before upload.
The book is also clearly not formatted for the Kindle, as the Table of Contents is grayed out in the Go-To option, as are individual chapters. This gets really annoying as that means I have to go through every single page in order to get to a specific chapter I need to go to. Why Stephenson didn’t bother to set up chapter points is beyond me.
I also kind of found it funny that Stephenson says in her book that with the practices, “The ides is not to be creating affirmations, or writing lists of gratitude, making vision boards, and so on. It’s really all about programming and reprogramming the thoughts that are on autopilot in your subconscious.” Later on in the book, she presents THESE EXACT SAME THINGS as strategies you can use to apply the LOA. Why would you denigrate these practices and then suggest them to your reader?
The most absurd error in the book comes at the end. At the final part where Stephenson says her final goodbyes and asks the reader to share the book on social media (Which I of course will, lol), there’s pages that are completely blank except for long lines. In fact, there are literally 59 pages of just random lines all over the place. My guess is something got corrupted in the final published file but that SHOULD have been taken care of BEFORE the upload.
The bottom line
Stephenson’s book attempts to provide a scientific view of the “Law” of Attraction. It does not by any means. In fact, it insults the very practice of science by using pseudoscientific information as if it were fact. Apart from that, the content is no different from any ebook you can get for free from every other “Law” of Attraction coach in existence, except fraught with even more errors.
So much for changing my mind, it’s reinforced the fact that most LOA apologists have no idea what they’re talking about when science comes into play.