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Debunking a mesmerist, or Trump

08/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/opinion/sunday/donald-trump-mesmerist.html

In our historical moment, the mesmerists are worth considering, for they were frequently debunked but the debunkings rarely had much of an effect. Just as the repeated corrections of President Trump’s falsehoods have failed to discourage him or his supporters, so too the mesmerists escaped their exposés unharmed.

To the charge that they were deceiving their audiences, mesmerists responded that they were expert demonstrators and analysts of deception. Yes, Dods did trick his subjects — but only in order to illustrate how dangerous other tricksters could be.

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