Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word ‘brainwashing’ was coined in the. Brainwashing has ratings and 31 reviews. Shaun said: While Taylor does discuss hardcore brainwashing (think Communist China), its uses, and its poten. Brainwashing, Kathleen Turner’s fascinating and informative voyage through to the subject, Taylor shows the prevalence of brainwashing in the world today.
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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word ‘brainwashing’ was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of the popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, and been exploited to create sensational headlines.
It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many disciplines: But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological.
In “Brainwashing”, Kathleen Taylor brings the worlds of neuroscience and social psychology together for the first time. In elegant and accessible prose, and with abundant use of anecdotes and case-studies, she examines brainwahing ethical problems involved in carrying out the required experiments on humans, the limitations of animal models, and the frightening implications of such research.
She tayloe explores the history tayolr thought-control and shows how it still exists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education. In KatgleenKathleen Taylor brainwashimg the worlds of neuroscience and social ktahleen together for the first time. Read more Read less. Credit offered by NewDay Ltd, over 18s only, subject to status. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.
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Please try again later. When you come across a book with the title “Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control”, you expect to open its pages and come across a mixture of conspiracy theory and egotistical mentalism. In fact, this is a book which is probably as far from its perceived title as can possibly be, and arguably for good reason, as kathlren author explains.
The thrust of the author’s argument is that the stereotypical notion of brainwashing as thought of by most people who use the term is fundamentally flawed. Specifically, we go looking for zombies and “Yes Master” style Hollywood stories, when in fact such notions belong firmly to the world of fiction rather than fact. This is not surprising when you think about it rationally for a few minutes. Instead, the author explores the much deeper areas behind the notion of brainwasjing, and in doing so expands into areas that the reader probably hasn’t considered before.
The book is split into three themes of sorts. First, a casual look at the historical uses of brainwashing is covered. The author is keen to kathlfen out that the word and concept of what we think of as brainwashing is a relatively new concept, yet the purpose behind to convert a person from one belief system to another is far from new at all. Torture has been used throughout the ages to attempt to force people to accept new truths, and as you read on you see how relatively haphazard the results have been.
Secondly, the author delves into the relatively advanced world of neuroscience. Taking an extremely objective and biological consideration of the brain as a reductionist computer, we look at how the brain itself is wired and works.
This may seem an overtly complex tangent initially, but is key to the author’s argument that simplistic notions of mind-control are pipe dreams. The brain is a fiercely complex organ, and our approaches to control are large-scale and a far distance from the fine grained ideas of individual thought modification. Lastly, the notional of brainwashing is considered from a philosophical standpoint in relation to society at large. The subject is looked at from both positive and negative perspectives, and the author takes on a fairly abstract approach, covering the very notions brainwashign community and education.
This goes to show that brainwashing is not an independent process that happens, but is woven into the very fabric of our lives. This is a relatively advanced book, and if you are used to light casual reading this is not the book for you. Similarly, if you are looking for a tips and brainwashinv to influence people tone, then you will be sadly disappointed. But, if you are willing to take a step back, and look at the wider pictures of how humans interact and what happens when opinions differ and are pushed forcefully, you will find this an enlightening read.
Brainwashing – Kathleen Taylor – Oxford University Press
One warning, as another reviewer has pointed out, although the author does braineashing best to be fair and objective, there is a fairly strong anti-religion and collectivism feel to the book. That didn’t bother me, and I probably agree with most of her viewpoints, but it may put others off. A very deep book which brings to light very obvious indoctrinations in a society which we otherwise overlook.
Some isn’t easy reading, but easy reading isn’t deep. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Would love to read this book It arrived on time, the price was fair and the content was really interesting! This book takes a comprehensive look at brainwashing.
It looks at the origin, the methods, the ideas, the social and political implications, the neuroscience behind it, as well as the philosophical concepts that surround our ability to think ‘freely’. A great book, well worth reading. Really disappointing that I can’t actually access this book on my Kindle Might be useful to highlight this more clearly in the product details. I chose this book as part of a research project.
It is an easy read however that does not diminish the excellent content. The historical roots are well explored with discussion of the terms used for mind influence. In all this is a very enjoyable read fro any one interested in how people battle for our minds and influence our choices and braiwnashing. Given this a four star, because it was kathlewn very thought provoking book, delivered in a style understandable to a braonwashing.
I also liked the author’s obvious enthusiasm for the subject. This is not a “how to” book, but does describe the mechanisms that are work when we are influenced by or seek to influence other people.
I think any one who likes books by Brian Cox, Simon Singh et al, or who has in interest in how people interact with each other would enjoy this book. See all 33 reviews. Would you like to see more reviews about this item? Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime.
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