IN ORDER TO INFLUENCE OR BRAINWASH PEOPLE, THE FOLLOWING METHODS WORK BEST:
•Isolate them in new surroundings apart from old friends or reference-points
•Provide them with instant acceptance from a seemingly loving group
•Keep them away from competing or critical ideas
•Provide an authority figure that everyone seems to acknowledge as having some special skill or awareness
•Provide a philosophy that seems logical and appears to answer all or the most important questions in life
•Structure all or most activities so that there is little time for privacy or independent action or thought
•Provide a sense of "us" versus "them"
•Promise instant or imminent solutions to deep or long-term problems
•And employ covert or disguised hypnotic techniques
"Damage to posterior parietal areas induced unusually fast changes of a stable personality dimension related to transcendental self-referential awareness. Thus, dysfunctional parietal neural activity may underpin altered spiritual and religious attitudes and behaviors."
"What is it that her words are supposed to mean? Really, what? This woman talks pure nonsense. Meaningless, vacuous nonsense. Why does anyone give her any respect whatsoever? Such wanton pretentiousness."
-- Richard Dawkins
In last session, we have watched the British mentalist Derren Brown's amazing demonstration of mind-reading and his ability to tell whether a person is telling a lie by split-second minute clues in facial expressions, posture, and/or voice.
In a subsequent email, Yvonne suggested trying this:
"If we hope to prevent extremist terrorism we have to begin with understanding the mental condition of extremist leaders. We also need to understand the mental condition of those most vulnerable to extremist tactics. Finally, we need to understand manipulation, the vehicle that connects the extremist leader and it's victims."