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How to Analyze People on Sight by Elsie Benedict
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Aug 25, 12

bookshelves: classics, history, politics, textbook

I liked the book because it was funny.
Elsie Benedict did not write this book to be funny.

I thought that it was an interesting book, but the advice inside should not be taken seriously. Please, modern people, I beg you -- DON'T TAKE THIS BOOK SERIOUSLY!!

This book was racist, inaccurate, stereotypical, and one-sided.
This is NOT a scientific book.
These theories are biased and do NOT apply to all people.

Immediately after I read this book, I attempted to analyze people on the street.
Yes, I know; I'm a weirdo, and a gullible one at that.
Moving on!

You cannot judge a book by its color.
After that is said, this book has no inkling of truth in it.
The next biggest problem I found with the theories is that Elsie ignores anyone who is not Caucasian.
What about people whose heritage and race are shorter and have larger heads statistically than other races?
Does that mean that their race is smarter than all other races?
No.
Finally, there are many people who, try as we might, we cannot fit into ANY of these categories.
What then?

In conclusion, this book is not scientifically accurate or even scientifically based.
I enjoyed reading this book because I found it humorous.
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Hana Cooper I agree. while I was reading the book I kept wondering who it must feel to be so totally self assured, as the author seems to be of her theory. must be nice.


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