Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

Brainwashing The Science of Thought Control The term brainwashing was first recorded in but it is an expression of a much older concept the forcible and full scale alteration of a person s beliefs Over the past years the term has crept

  • Title: Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control
  • Author: KathleenTaylor
  • ISBN: 9780199204786
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • The term brainwashing was first recorded in 1950, but it is an expression of a much older concept the forcible and full scale alteration of a person s beliefs Over the past 50 years the term has crept into popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, frightened the public in media headlines, and slandered innumerable people and institutions It has also been the subjeThe term brainwashing was first recorded in 1950, but it is an expression of a much older concept the forcible and full scale alteration of a person s beliefs Over the past 50 years the term has crept into popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, frightened the public in media headlines, and slandered innumerable people and institutions It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many angles history, sociology, psychology, psychotherapy, and marketing Despite this variety, to date there has been one angle missing any serious reference to real brains Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological.

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    1. While Taylor does discuss hardcore brainwashing (think Communist China), its uses, and its potential future, which in a technological age is kind of scary, much of the book (the really interesting part) deals with a more insidious, though milder, form of thought control, particularly that which is accomplished through advertising, the media, and society/culture.The thing is once you abandon the idea of a "soul" or entity that is separate from the body, you have no choice but to accept that we ar [...]

    2. I read this book for my fanfic-writing. The information within is very useful, but the text itself is a bit dry

    3. I got this book hoping that it would provide me with scientific evidence that would help me develop a more informed opinion on the controversial issue of brainwashing. Unfortunately, Taylor points out that it is ethically impossible to conduct controlled brainwashing studies, so I did not find the specific evidence I was looking for. What the book does provide, however, is a detailed discussion of what science can tell us about how we come to believe what we do, and how influence attempts can im [...]

    4. This is possibly one of the most important books I've read in a long while. As someone trained in media studies and employed within an advertising-driven environment, I understand all too well how modern media manipulate people. Kathleen Taylor offers readers a basic breakdown with reference to further reading, examining not only the history of thought control, but also discusses the fact that we are continually bombarded with information seeking to change our minds.I urge anyone with an interes [...]

    5. This book was very interesting but, for me, difficult to read in some places. It's 20 years since I completed my degree in Psychology and I certainly haven't kept up with things and this book does contain some technical neuro-stuff. However, Kathleen Taylor's explanation of the many varieties of influence techniques used in politics, religion and advertising were fascinating and very useful (to me).Her expression 'cogwebs', as an abbreviation for cognitive web - connections in the brain made thr [...]

    6. I found this book hard to read at first until I got used to the author's style and began to figure out her goals. (I skipped to the end of the book to read her conclusion.) Taylor stated in the beginning that she was examining the concept of brainwashing, but I did not understand what her definition of brainwashing was. She outlines many aspects of brainwashing: as a term of abuse, as a scientific process, as a dream, and as a concept of last resort, but does not obviously pick one definition be [...]

    7. Very thorough and intelligent book looking at the way cults, totalitarian regimes and even the media can bring us round to their way of thinking. Looks at the subject from all angles - from the violent spouse to the torture camp, from the narrow focus of most media to the milieu control of cult leaders. Explains how ethereal ideas such as "freedom" and "liberation" can be used to manipulate an individual, group or even entire populace into consensus. Also has a fascinating primer into neuroscien [...]

    8. I am planning to write an article about how political Islam is radicalizing generations of young Muslims around the world and found out about this book during my research work for the topic. It is a very interesting book and I did learn many things from it. Maybe the book offers too much theory and rather less observations, but in spite of this, I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions regarding the authenticity of her/his thoughts and even more to those who are sure of the authen [...]

    9. This book started interesting but got boring like a textbook REAL fast. I should have know since it said science but somehow I expect EVERY book that isn't a textbook to have some sort of story. This didn't. It had some really interesting observations but between each one was ALOT of science and no story. Nonetheless, I did pick up some interesting info about brainwashing but that was few and far between.

    10. It gives some examples of how and when brainwashing has been used and explains the psyhological processes behind it as well as what happens in the brain Quite interesting.

    11. Wow - first published in 2004 but a new edition with a new eleven page preface that makes the book's relevance most topical. Here is a topic we all thought we understood but laid bare by cogent scientific argument made accessible for the lay reader (or almost - there were a few very technical sections on the physics of the brain and its operations !)." Brainwashing describes three approaches to mind-changing; by force, by stealth and by direct brain manipulation technologies" The author describe [...]

    12. The subject deserves 5 star, Kathleen is knowledgeable but book has a rather messy structure. Maybe was her first book so I added one more on my reading list. Liked the FACET approach, the dangers of VR and nanotech that can be used to manipulate our brains without even knowing it. Is book deserves a public debate about the morals of brainwashing, or mind altering techniques that could be used for the benefit of humanity but also for total control.I think that one needs to read such a book to un [...]

    13. Making sense of the “accreted concoction of ideas we call the self”Kathleen Taylor is one of my favorite authors. She has a rich, irreverent writing style — bordering on the cheeky — matched with an incredible depth of knowledge in neuroscience and human behavior. More importantly, at least to me, she tends to focus those two things onto the darkest alleys of human existence — why people do bad things. My introduction to her was through reading Cruelty: Human Evil and the Human Brain, [...]

    14. There are few terms more loaded with myth and misunderstanding than “brainwashing.” For many it conjures up images from “The Manchurian Candidate.” [For those who’ve never seen either of the two movies of this name (1962 and 2004, starring Frank Sinatra and Denzel Washington, respectively) or read the Richard Condon novel on which they were based, they involve American POW’s who return home brainwashed—one to commit a political assassination and the others to talk the assassin up s [...]

    15. If this book is a little hard to get into at first, persevere. The first half of the book is the author catching us up on all the foundations and history of brainwashing in order to then discuss with us the parts she finds most fascinating - the writing was much easier to get into in the second half. The section on "cogwebs" is where the book really begins to take off.Or perhaps I was brainwashed into enjoying it by then.Anyone with an interest in psychology, and maintaining a sense of freedom a [...]

    16. I'm no neuroscientist (no, REALLY!). Maybe for that very reason, I found part two, the dreaded "hard science" part of the book, the most interesting. Yeah, there's stuff I miss reading in thirty minute public transit intervals, and yeah, maybe some of the brainier (hey?) details are lost on me - but I still find the machinations of the brain more interesting by far than Taylor's concerns for the future. Not that I disagree with her, au contraire.When it comes to the science of the brain, Taylor [...]

    17. It was an interesting read. The author managed to explain how/if brainwashing occurs and I think most of us can breathe out with a sigh of relief - it is mostly newspaper headlines that love scaring us with brainwashing cults. The part explaining how the brain works was explained so that even a non-neurologist is able to grasp what the scientists are finding out about how the grey matter works.

    18. This book was primarily for research purposes only. It was some insightful information concerning the brain, emotions, and cogwebs--how they react to coercive tortures and other behaviors. However, I did not see how to regroup or cope after "brainwashing" even though it also started off with the historical places, reasoning, and motives for "brainwashing" during World War II.

    19. বইটা পড়তে বিরক্ত লাগছিল লেখনীর কারণে। নিউরো-সায়েন্সের কপচানি যখন শুরু হল তখনই আর না পড়ার সিদ্ধান্ত নিয়ে ফেললাম এবং বেশ শান্তি-শান্তি অনুভব করলাম। :Dএক কালের এক ব্রেইন-ওয়াশড এর টেড টক।

    20. A good starting point for anyone seeking to understand some of the underlying neurological reasons why people join cults or why people are willing to kill in the name of religion. A lesson to pick from the book: "Perhaps, we should not trust our brains that much."

    21. I just found it boring or should I say not interesting or exciting enough. Perhaps I should have read it a few years ago

    22. Interesting in places but very repetitive. Felt like it could have been half the length without losing anything.Enjoyed the writing style despite the negative points.

    23. In fact I read it in Chinese version. I think the writer should have read a lot of boooks. But it is just like transformed from a journal.Also, The stucture is not so good.

    24. Am I brainwashing my friends and family correctly? This book will tell you (and if you aren't it'll tell you how). Useful.

    25. Interesting overview of a complex and controversial topic, surveying both the literature and the science.

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