Coercion

When the Alarm Sounds

Imagine you are at work. You are sitting at your desk, engrossed in a task. Suddenly the fire alarm goes off. What would you do? Most of us reading this probably think we’d immediately get [...]

How Easy is it to Trick the Brain?

Psychological studies have repeatedly shown how easily rational thinking is bypassed. Our perceptions are limited, and we interpret the meaning of those perceptions automatically. We “fill in” reasons for events that are hard to understand. [...]

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 [...]

Consensus – the Coercion of the Crowd

Consensus is a powerful force, for good or bad: we naturally do what everyone else around us is doing. This is perfectly understandable; for much of our history, separation from the group meant death, and [...]

Mothers In Cults

I became a mother during the 10 years I spent in a left-wing political cult. In fact, becoming a mother was one of many "recommendations" made to me by the cult leader. Like other things in [...]