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Posted 11/10/13
Do you think such a thing as mind manipulation truly exists? If so, what are your thoughts about it?
Posted 11/10/13
I guess I am not really clear what you mean by mind manipulation. In general people are manipulated all the time by the media they consume etc.
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Posted 11/10/13
Do you mean, like, mind control? I believe that your mind naturally plays tricks on you, and that certain people can take advantage of those tricks, but fully taking over someone else's brain is venturing into the realms of science fiction.
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Posted 11/10/13 , edited 11/10/13

EvaanJ wrote:

Do you think such a thing as mind manipulation truly exists? If so, what are your thoughts about it?


Yes. Cults are a good example.

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Posted 11/10/13
Do you mean good marketing, or "yes master" mind control?
Good marketing certainly exists.
Vampiric hypnotism does not.
Posted 11/10/13
which one? hypnosis or social conditioning or mind control?


I don't think there is such a thing as mind control. You can force someone to do something if you blackmail them, but you can't change their underlying beliefs.


Social conditioning is done from birth due to family values, community and the whole society's values. However, if a person is highly intelligent, they can break away from the brainwashing easily with critical and analytical thinking.


Hypnosis is a medical procedure used to treat fears or trauma. The other "hypnosis" is not possible.
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Posted 11/10/13
a brain transplant

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Posted 11/10/13
As you read this message, you will discover two (2) true facts. One is that the you will continue reading this post, if you stop halfway you will never know the trick. The other true fact is after you have finished the first true facts and finished reading this sentence, you will realized you have accomplish nothing and what you have read was all bogus.
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a brain transplant





omg this pic was so hilarious
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Posted 11/10/13
Like brain washing?

The propaganda for WW2 did a pretty good job, they demonized people.



Cults get people to do mass suicide

also the Stockholm Syndrome seems kind of like brainwash to me
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Posted 11/11/13
marketing/media: exists
hypnosis: exists
tricking the mind: exists
community/culture manipulation: exists
brain transplants: don't think so

Maybe a better question is how strongly minds can be manipulated. For all existing cases, the degree of manipulation can go pretty deeply, with hypnosis being one of the hardest in doing so (in my opinion). This is because hypnosis requires immediate moral consent, which cannot be broken with a simple hypnosis session. Marketing/media/community/culture manipulation are much more subtle, and the average person is exposed for a very long time, allowing small changes in moral codes over time. As for tricking the mind, I believe there are many varieties, including sensory illusions and attention misdirections (check out Apollo Robbins, advertised as the "greatest pickpocketer"). Trickery like these are probably not the most "dangerous" in terms of moral code manipulation, but they're simple enough to justify how easy our brain can be changed.

Now to the question of whether manipulation is "good" or "evil". For me, this is hard to answer because while most of us will agree that manipulation of any sort that goes against what we normally do is "bad", we constantly shift what is "normal" or non-normal. Some marketing theories suggest that our behavior is so deeply routed in our sub-conscious that the average consumer does not even know why they would prefer to buy, say, a dell over a hp, or a silver car vs a red car. These deep moral codes are "programmed" into us from various sources, community and culture being the most prominent. But sometimes we change our behavior through stimuli such as watching a sports car commercial, or even watching a cute puppy cross the street, influencing us to buy a more "slick" car next time or a family pet of a certain look. Honestly, it can get pretty complicated pinpointing these things, and I don't like dragging on and on about complicated things...so I will stop here and let someone else take over LOL.



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Posted 11/11/13
I've read a study, if you synchronize your breathing with someone in a room then fall back, you can actually cause the other person to fall too.
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Posted 11/11/13
Sort of. You can manipulate people to an extent, but it isn't mind control. It's more of an influence.
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Posted 11/11/13 , edited 11/11/13
Please allow some time for my comment--I haven't yet been told what I think. . .
Posted 11/11/13
Possible for those who lack critical thinking skills. I see it all the time..sadly.
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