Human beings as social creatures are immersed in a sea of other people’s thoughts, including all the books that have ever been read. In this mental environment there are inaccuracies, or “mind pollution,” created mainly by social pressures.
This book is a basic introduction to the mental environment and mind pollution — not just the obvious pollution of advertising and political lies, but going deeper than that, into the internalized social influences of family, peers, religion, and education.
The high status of physical science has steered psychologists away from the study of the mind, and presents a view of the mind with the “mental senses.” It describes methods of mind pollution — “unscientific methods,” misrepresentation, manipulation, and mental warfare — and factors contributing to mind pollution — bad logic, psychological problems, sorcery, domination, and status. It presents the perspective of a new civilization (first described in Re-Educating Myself, 1985), and from that perspective points out inaccuracies in major belief systems of the present culture — the religious, the academic, and the New Age.
“Here’s one man’s fascinating struggle through the mental minefields of ordinary culture that block us from seeing and thinking clearly. This book helps delineate some of the obvious and not-so-obvious “mind pollutions” that surround us from childhood even into the most prestigious universities. The academic dismissal of telepathy research is but one example of the latter, about which I know firsthand.”
— Sally Rhine Feather, The Rhine Research Center
“Bob Gebelein is a rarity — a largely independent thinker, who has arrived at his world-view on his own. Although some of his ideas on “mind pollution” have been discussed by other writers, Bob has his own unique way of critically examining all sorts of issues — from drugs to politics to the spiritual to evolution. Agree with him or not, Bob’s views will definitely challenge you and make you reflect on your own biases.”
— Joel Funk, Plymouth State University
“… [His chapter on religion] is an engaging, passionate, practical, and caring discussion of religion for all of us. Believers, unbelievers, and all other flavors of thoughtful readers, should read this essay.”
— Rev. Christopher Taylor