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An Introduction to Brainwashing

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From some brilliant, disturbing and downright hilarious film plots ("Zoolander," anyone?), to worrying and disturbing events in the real world, brainwashing has long held our attention as a fascinating and complex topic. From the Manson family murders to the suicide cult at Jonestown, and from the CIA’s controversial MKUltra program to the recent focus on disillusioned Muslim youths-turned-militants, the topic of brainwashing has loomed large over recent Western history.

The idea that people could be tricked, coaxed, or reasoned out of their right minds is an understandable worry (how does one reason with people who are beyond the reach of reasonable thought?) but the reality of brainwashing is a great deal more complex, a great deal more involved, and a great deal more interesting than the common perception of this dark art of behavioral control might suggest.

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CURIOSITY continues Sundays at 9/8c on Discovery. | http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity#mkcpgn=ytdsc1 | There is no clear understanding of what hypnosis is. It has a tremendous power to do good but has to be respected.
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Watch more Hypnosis & Mind Control videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/474575-How-to-Become-a-Hypnotist-Hypnosis Learn if hypnosis can hypnotize people into doing something they don't want to do from clinical hypnotherapist Debbie Catz in this Howcast video. "Hi, I'm Debbie Catz. I'm a certified clinical hypnotherapist here in the San Francisco Bay area. I have a masters degree in social work. To learn more about this you can visit my website at www.norcalhypno.com. And now I'm going to help you understand the simplicity of hypnosis. So can hypnosis hypnotize someone into doing something they don't want to do? No. Hypnosis is basically a deep state of relaxation, and it's natural way that we are, ah many times during the day in our, in our average lives, and so I'm going to show you a little brain wave chart here, that will help you understand that. So when we are in a waking state and we are talking or working we are in the beta state, and, that's, we can see inside the brain now with medical technology, and that's the quick, um, brain wave you can see it's going very quickly. And then when we go home and sit down and maybe start to read a book, or listen to some quiet music, we move into the alpha state where the brain wave begins to slow down. And then when you crawl into bed at night and start to drift off to sleep you're in the theta state, that's hypnosis right here, the theta state. So if you've ever almost been asleep, and you feel yourself falling, and you jerk you wake yourself up, you're in the theta state, you've been in hypnosis, so you weren't asleep yet. And then you drift off to sleep. So here you're in hypnosis on the way to sleep, and then when you're waking up in the morning, if you're lucky and don't have to wake up to an alarm clock. You start to come back, and ya know you're kinda aware that you're coming back but you're not completely back yet. Again you're going back through hypnosis, and coming back up, to the waking state. So lets talk a for moment about, um, stage hypnosis, what kinda looks like the hypnotist is doing that to people, and what the hypnotist is doing is actually, ah, assessing people and he is doing suggestibility tests, they're really seeing who is the most suggestible. And so those people who are on stage who are deemed to be the most suggestible, are people who want to have fun and, sometimes they don't mind making a fool of themselves and being silly and so those are the ones that selected to do a stage hypnosis show. So again it's a willingness, it's all self hypnosis, so nobody can make you do anything you don't want to do. Because the subconscious mind won't allow it to happen unless you want it to. "
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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/07/14/Elizabeth_Loftus_Whats_the_Matter_with_Memory Elizabeth Loftus discusses her psychological work using false memories to influence food choices. By embedding a false food experience, Loftus found subjects avoided fattening foods after being convinced the food caused them to be extremely sick. ----- Elizabeth Loftus, psychologist and distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, discusses the prevalence of false memories. She describes her own experiments in creating false memories, and explains how this impacts fields ranging from law to dieting. - Chautauqua Institution Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine, studies human memory. Her experiments reveal how memories can be changed by things that we are told. Facts, ideas, suggestions and other post-event information can modify our memories. The legal field, so reliant on memories, has been a significant application of the memory research. She is also interested in psychology and law, more generally.
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CURIOSITY continues Sundays at 9/8c on Discovery. | http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity#mkcpgn=ytdsc1 | Can a human really be brainwashed to perform extreme tasks?
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Watch more How to Be a Better You videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/501439-How-to-Overcome-Shyness-Better-You Learn how to resist mind control and brainwashing from life coach Stephanie Florman in this Howcast video. When it comes to brainwashing and mind control, your best resource is really censoring the information that you subject yourself to. Every time you turn on the television, every time you open a book, every time you are out and about your unconscious mind is being flooded with information that is intended to control your mind and to brai wash you. Your best resource is being very selective about the information that you take in. Because you understand that your unconscious mind which is your decision maker is taking in all of that information and just agreeing with it. For me I am personally a big fan of hypnosis. And the reason why I like to use hypnosis because that's my way of controlling the information that my unconscious mind receives on a daily basis. So that when I do watch television, or I do go outside into the world, I am aware that all this information is vying for my unconscious attention but because I train my mind the way I do it's not going to affect me.
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Google Tech Talks May, 6 2008 ABSTRACT "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. ... In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons ... who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind." -- Edward Bernays, founder of the public relations industry. Billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States alone on public relations, a little-understood profession that has become a modern propaganda-for-hire industry. "Publicity" was once the work of carnival hawkers and penny-ante hustlers smoking cigars and wearing cheap suits. Today's PR professionals are recruited from the ranks of former journalists, retired politicians and eager-beaver college graduates eager to rise in the corporate world. They hobnob internationally with corporate CEOs, senators and U.S. presidents. PR wizards concoct and spin the news, organize phony "grassroots" front groups, spy on citizens, and conspire with lobbyists and politicians to thwart democracy. In today's electronic age, they use 800-numbers and telemarketing, advanced databases, and "video news releases" -- entire news stories written, filmed and produced by PR firms and transmitted electronically to thousands of TV stations around the world. Canned news from PR firms is designed to be indistinguishable from real news and is increasingly taking its place, used as "story segments" on TV news shows without any attribution or disclaimer indicating that what viewers are seeing is in fact subtle paid advertisements. On the internet as well, PR firms have created slick websites that promise to inform the public while pushing hidden agendas. Example include: the Greening Earth Society (funded by the coal industry), which claims that global warming is actually good for the environment the Foundation for Clean Air Progress (which opposes regulations to control air pollution) the African American Republican Leadership Council (a conservative organization headed by white Republicans) Working Families for Wal-Mart (secretly funded, of course, by the Wal-Mart itself) Project Learning Tree (sponsored by the logging industry) PR firms create front groups as part of what they call the "third party technique." The basic idea, as described by one PR executive, is to "Put your words in someone else's mouth." They realize that their messages are more likely to persuade the public if they come from seemingly independent "third parties" such as a professor or a pediatrician or someone representing a nonprofit citizens' group. The problem is, these third parties are usually anything but neutral. They have been handpicked, cultivated, and meticulously packaged to make you believe what they have to say--preferably in an "objective" format like a news show or a letter to the editor. And in some cases, they have been paid handsomely for their opinions. Speaker: Sheldon Rampton Sheldon Rampton researches deceptive PR firms for the Center for Media and Democracy and is the co-author, with John Stauber, of books including "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damned Lies and the Public Relations Industry"; "Trust Us, We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles With your Future": and "Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq." He will discuss the Center's work including its website, Sourcewatch.org, a wiki-powered collaborative research project to document the "names behind the news."
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Mind control might not be a thing of the future, because researchers were able to achieve this with two monkeys! This news is both incredible, and yet a bit terrifying. Anthony discusses what possible uses this technology could have in humans. Read More: Monkey Controls Sedated Primate Pal Using its Mind in Avatar-Like Experiment http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/02/monkey-controls-sedated-primate-pal-using-its-mind-in-avatar-like-experiment/ "Harking back to the 3D flick Avatar (in which a man is able to fluidly control an alien body using mind control), scientists from Harvard Medical School inserted a chip capable of measuring up to 100 neurons into the brain of a "master" monkey, and 36 electrodes in the spinal cord of another "puppet" monkey." A Cortical-Spinal Prosthesis For Targeted Limb Movement In Paralysed Primate Avatars http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140218/ncomms4237/full/ncomms4237.html "Motor paralysis is among the most disabling aspects of injury to the central nervous system. Here we develop and test a target-based cortical--spinal neural prosthesis that employs neural activity recorded from premotor neurons to control limb movements in functionally paralysed primate avatars." Monkeys Think, Moving Artificial Arm as Own http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/science/29brain.html "Two monkeys with tiny sensors in their brains have learned to control a mechanical arm with just their thoughts, using it to reach for and grab food and even to adjust for the size and stickiness of morsels when necessary, scientists reported on Wednesday." Cortical control of a prosthetic arm for self-feeding http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v453/n7198/abs/nature06996.html "Arm movement is well represented in populations of neurons recorded from the motor cortex." University of Pittsburgh Motorlab http://motorlab.neurobio.pitt.edu/research.php "We are interested in how motor intentions-- the way we want to act on our surroundings -- are represented in the firing patterns of individual cortical neurons, as well as in the patterns of neural activity within cortical populations." Reach and grasp by people with tetraplegia using a neurally controlled robotic arm http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v485/n7398/full/nature11076.html "Paralysis following spinal cord injury, brainstem stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other disorders can disconnect the brain from the body, eliminating the ability to perform volitional movements." People with paralysis control robotic arms using brain-computer interface http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2012/05/braingate2 "A new study in Nature reports that two people with tetraplegia were able to reach for and grasp objects in three-dimensional space using robotic arms that they controlled directly with brain activity." Watch More: Has Animal Testing Gone Too Far? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED6fCbDpOAs&list=PL0q-1t9bVnpPpwaNMTC5LB4RSTkQR51-v&index=1 TestTube Wild Card http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-173-how-music-affects-your-brain?utm_source=YT&utm_medium=DNews&utm_campaign=DNWC Why Pets Are Good for Society https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocBNX7275FE ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com

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