In this episode of IndoctriNation, Open Minds Advisory Board member Rachel Bernstein interviews Open Minds Review Board Research Coordinator Yuval Laor. Rachel and Yuval discuss Yuval’s studies of fervor and awe, the psychological phenomenon of indoctrination used by cults like Scientology to manipulate their followers’ evolutionary blind spots into a state of “noetic conclusion” and infatuation similar to falling in love, or the love between parent and child.
In her trademark “one more thing” segment, Rachel shares some of the experiences she had with a controversial group based upon the teachings of Jewish Mysticism. As with all of her interviews, it’s well worth a listen.
What do you think about this interview? Do you agree? Do you have a story about awe or fervor that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!