Safeguarding free thought and independent choice

Exposing one of the biggest risks to modern society; the hidden threat that links domestic violence, political extremism, radicalisation, pseudo-religious groups, human trafficking and much more…

Worldwide, millions of people are encouraged to act against their own better interests, without even knowing it; they are encouraged to behave a certain way through the application of undue influence, a technique which is widely used and commonly overlooked.

The Open Minds Foundation is a charitable organisation established to raise awareness of undue influence, reduce its prevalence and effectiveness, and ultimately deminish its application from society. Our Ambition? To safeguard free thought and independent choice for current and future generations… 

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. ― Isaac Asimov

Fake News and Alternative Facts

Explaining Undue Influence

General Influence

Fake news and alternative facts have hit the headlines recently. Expert Andreas Schleicher wants to see school curricula revised to pay attention to critical thinking skills, so that citizens will understand how to recognize this trickery.

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Courageous Followership Versus Groupthink

Explaining Undue Influence

General Influence

Courageous followership speaks truth to power. It overcomes the groupthink that fails to challenge leaders in ill-considered and potentially dangerous decisions.

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Books / Resource Reviews

Cults / Sects

Emotions Manifesting As Physical Ailments – After Leaving a High-Control Group

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This is part three of a three-part article; you may read part one here and part two here.

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Explaining Undue Influence

General Influence

This is part two of a three-part article; you may read part one here.

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Explaining Undue Influence

General Influence

As the theory of cognitive dissonance says, we all struggle when our opinions are challenged with contrasting evidence. I am fond of repeating neurologist Jill Bolte Taylor’s assertion that ‘Although many of us may think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, biologically we are feeling creatures that think’. And,…

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Troubles Overcome Are Good To Tell - Part II

Advice & Guidance

We reblog this selection, inspired by this piece about our friend Alex in Vice.

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Troubles Overcome Are Good To Tell - Part I

Personal Experiences

Cults / Sects

We reblog this selection, inspired by this piece about our friend Alex in Vice.

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The Baloney Detection Kit

Advice & Guidance

General Influence

Astronomer Carl Sagan created a baloney detection kit that highlights common mistakes in reasoning that are used by manipulative predators to ensnare the unsuspecting. We’ve illustrated it with some fresh examples.

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