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Castaneda's books are hoaxes
am 1. September 1998
When I first read this book, I completely swallowed it and became obsessed with the idea of this separate reality and way of knowledge described by Castaneda.
However, a modicum of skeptical thinking marks this and the rest of Castaneda's books as shameless hoaxes. And not very good ones, even... Comparing his different books it's easy to find lots of inconsistencies. They, of course, can be rationalized by the true believer by saying that Castaneda's own perception of this reality was evolving, but I'd rather use Occam's Razor and say that they signal a sloppily-constructed hoax by Castaneda. Unfortunately, even a sloppy hoax is enough to fool lots of people and make lots of money.
If you are thinking about buying this book, please do yourself a favor and read Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World" instead. After that, reconsider.