My first reaction to seeing this on the front page of Amazon was a sense of great excitement! Harry Potter 7 is now available for pre-order! My excitement soon vanished as I realized that the other top seller was a hardbound copy of a new book, The Secret. Harry Potter 7 and The Secret have a lot in common: they are both fantasy novels. I admit, I do enjoy a good fantasy every know and then, but what bothers me is that The Secret is masquerading as truth. Both the book and the Film use misinterpretations of the quantum mechanics and string theory to make unsubstantiated claims about the validity of a New Age spiritualist philosophy called “the Law of Attraction.” According to wikipedia, the Law of Attraction’s basic principle is that like attracts like. According to this law, “thoughts penetrate time and space, acting as “personal magnets” with their own electrical vibration or frequency. These thoughts reach out and grab other similarly charged thoughts, attracting physical reality, which is merely a slower vibrating energy frequency; one’s thoughts are faster more subtle vibrations of the same energy frequency.” So in a nutshell, The Secret suggest that a persons thoughts can effect the physical world in supernatural ways. According to proponents of The Secret, this can lead to personal success, more meaningful relationships, and can even cure illness. While I concede that positive thinking is often a requisite for success, it is no substitute for a bit of hard work, and (more often then not) a lot of favorable chance.