Coercive Control

Manipulation at its Best (or Worst)

Few groups manipulate their members to act against their own best interests more effectively than the Watchtower Society. A case in point would be the irrational policies on blood established for Jehovah's Witnesses to [...]

The Overwhelmed Brain

I read Oliver Sacks’ seminal The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat in 1984. But, twenty or so books later, I still find the mass of terminology and the extremely complex architecture of [...]

The long history of undue influence

Undue influence has been recognized in law for more than 500 years. It is a legitimate legal concept to provide remedy for the victims of swindlers. The law of undue influence was framed because of [...]

The Dynamics of Authoritarianism

In this new century, the most notorious form of authoritarianism is the terrorist group, but the dynamics of authoritarian behavior are also found in gangs, pedophile rings, among human traffickers and even in some of [...]

Conformity

Open Minds would like to give a shout-out to bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein and his new book, Conformity. In the book, “Sunstein argues that the key to making sense of living in this fractured [...]

Faith-based Medical Neglect and Undue Influence

With more than 8,000,000 purported members, it is likely Jehovah's Witnesses are the foremost example of faith-based medical neglect and undue influence. Although they have abandoned their anti-vaccination policy (1952), and their organ transplant policy [...]

Developing Your Own Fact Detector

"Fake news" is one of the biggest concerns of our time; and with good reason. If people can't get the real deal on what’s going on in the world around them, then everything is [...]

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