Indoctrination

Cognitive Dissonance at Work

Knowing how cognitive dissonance works is the key to understanding why the human brain is so really bad at responding to ideas that conflict with a person’s core beliefs, regardless of how nonsensical they [...]

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 [...]

The Paradox of Undue Influence

The great problem with undue influence is that it has a before and an after, but no during. While individuals are under the coercive influence, they will swear blind that they are acting out of [...]

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 [...]

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