THE MENTAL ENVIRONMENT
(Mostly about Mind Pollution)
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.
It explains how 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.
2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in two categories, “Social Change” and “Nature/Environment.”
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
Your piece is excellent! — Otto Begus, Morgan State University
The Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch: January 2008
The author of Re-educating Myself returns with another hard-hitting survey of how to design a ‘new civilization’: this one focusing on the underlying cultural lies… The Mental Environment (Mostly About Noise Pollution) pinpoints inaccuracies, failures of social systems and mental warfare that has created such inaccuracies. …THE MENTAL ENVIRONMENT analyzes underlying patterns of deception and is a fine pick for any library catering to the scholarly layman reader of sociology and cultural affairs.
Recommended and reviewed in The Mindquest Review of Books by Lightword Publishing.
“… Intelligent and penetrating.” — Kirkus Discoveries
Listed in “Recommended Reads” for February 2008. — Online Review of Books
This is a book not easily able to be put down! However, this is not a book wholeheartedly recommended to any Christian without disclaimer. This is important since the author views himself as a Christian. The author’s opinions on all things are rightfully and efficiently expressed in this work. However, specifically with concern to Christians, the Bible is the Word of God, not merely People’s Word. In regards to the author’s views on faith, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is God, and a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Disagreements aside, this work contains an astounding viewpoint to issues that concern every human being. Regardless of personal views on spirituality, politics, media, and science, this work speaks on basic truths that anyone of a mature mind can and should consider. — Covenant Review Corner