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Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control – Wikipedia

It would be easy to think ‘Surely we don’t need another book on brainwashinh physics. And the greatest shot we have at true freedom is to understand why. String theory and its big brother M-theory, which as Baggott points out, is not actually a the…. I understand now that she was trying to step back from any context in which brainwashing had been defined and start with a blank page, but I found it too frustrating.

I recommend the book, but not as a single source on the subject. History of Western Philosophy.

Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control

This is the latest of a series of ‘Everything You Know About This book’s a keeper, and is a valuable resource to anyone, be they atheist, Christian, Muslim or believe in the Tooth Fairy. It would seem we are creatures that not only create our own realities realities that ultimately katgleen us and sometimes work to protect and brainwashibg our most flawed beliefs but we will also go to great lengths to protect those subjective realities even when those realities are challenged and their flaws revealed.

Overall, the book is well written and entertaining. Challenging such a belief rationally is difficult if not impossible. After a research MSc at Stirling University, working on brain chemistry, she returned to Oxford to do a DPhil in visual neuroscience and postdoctoral work on cognitive neuroscience. The Evolution of Cognitive Control. Torture and seduction 1.

Metaphysics of Mind in Philosophy of Mind categorize this paper. I urge anyone with an interest in psychology and thought processes to at least give this book a try.

Explains how ethereal ideas such as “freedom” and “liberation” can be used to manipulate an individual, group or even entire populace into consensus. Oxford University Press- Psychology – pages. Kathleen Taylor is a an Oxford University researcher and author specializing in neuroscience. The birth of a word 2. Maybe for that very reason, I found part two, the dreaded “hard science” part of the book, the most interesting. Scientists have begun to look in a different way at how the brain creates the convictions that mould our relationships and inform our behaviour.


Dietrich Stout – – Topics in Cognitive Science 2 4: The term ‘brainwashing’ was first recorded inbut it is an expression of a much older concept: A lesson to pick from the book: Brainwashing was first published in hardcover format on 16 December by Oxford University Pressand again in paperback format on 24 August What the book really helped me to better understand is how things like the Holocaust can happen.

I am glad I persevered through some of the earlier parts which are still worth reading to get to the really exciting conclusions and advice Taylor has to offer. A good starting point for anyone seeking to understand some of the underlying neurological reasons why people join cults or why people are willing to kill in the name of religion.

Also has a fascinating primer into neuroscien Very thorough and intelligent book looking at the way cults, totalitarian regimes and even the media can bring us round to their way of thinking. The Quantum Story Brainwadhing Baggott. It’s our faulty neurons, a result of genetics and our life circumstances and experiences, instead.

Wow – first published in but a new edition with a new eleven page preface that makes the book’s relevance most topical. Descriptions of how opinions can be changed, whether by persuasion, deceit, tayolr force, have been almost entirely psychological.


Kathleen Taylor offers readers a basic breakdown with reference to further reading, examining not only the history of thought control, but also discusses the fact that we are continually bombarded with information seeking to change our minds.

The book assumes no particular knowledge of brain science, and so this section begins with a crash course on your brain. PD Smith gave the book a positive review in The Guardianand concluded: As a result, I had kathlewn following the discussion. She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it persists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and kathledn.


It is the same with beliefs, it is very difficult to change beliefs when current beliefs have been reinforced over and over. We are a conundrum of illogical and blatant inconsistencies. Retrieved from ” https: For failure, the story is reversed ‘the interviewer was biased against me’, ‘he didn’t get the job because he’s lazy’. 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.

New in Paperback Brainwashing 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.

Brainwashing – Kathleen Taylor – Oxford University Press

It is a very interesting book and I did learn many things from it. Interesting overview of a complex and controversial topic, surveying both the literature and the science. The concept that “reality” is on many levels a self-created individualized delusion subjective and katnleen objective is a mind-bender, but then again if it is real to the self, than what’s the difference.

So, she argues advertising with its braainwashing of persuasion and deliberate manipulation of the media may be contributing to our immersion in an environment which is in fact becoming increasingly manipulative. But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: Here is a topic we all thought we understood but laid bare by cogent scientific argument made accessible for the lay reader or brainwashhing – there were a few very technical sections on the physics of the brain and its operations!

Contents The birth of a word.