The thing is once you abandon the idea of a "soul" or entity that is separate from the body, you have no choice but to accept that we are nothing more than a mass of cells, though complex basically you accept the biological basis for all behavior. This can be a reassuring concept, but it can also be alienating and terrifying. Both explanations are hard to swallow in their own way. One implies a certain level of "free will" while the other seems to eliminate it. After reading this and many other books on the subject, I find myself feeling somewhat conflicted. The idea that our brains, and therefore ourselves, are nothing more than malleable pieces of clay offers a level of hope, but also a level of despair.
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The science of thought control Kathleen Taylor Oxford Landmark Science Discusses the history, sociology, and psychology of brainwashing, and links it with a fascinating and accessible account of the brain and neuroscience. Alongside the science and psychology, Taylor examines the history, politics, and ethics of brainwashing.
Touching on religion, education, and advertising, this book shows how it goes on all around us. Brainwashing The science of thought control Kathleen Taylor Oxford Landmark Science Description Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. It has also been the subject of learned discussion from many disciplines: including history, sociology, psychology, and psychotherapy. But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: that of any serious reference to the science of the human brain.
Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, or force, have been almost entirely psychological. In Brainwashing, Kathleen Taylor brought 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 the ethical problems involved in carrying out the required experiments on humans, the limitations of animal models, and the frightening implications of such research. She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it persists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education.
This edition includes a new preface from the author reflecting on the uses of brainwashing today, including by the Islamic State.
Brainwashing : The science of thought control