posted on Nov, 2 2016 @ 03:45 PM
Let's just say that this is nothing more than a placesetter... Whether it was to be seen by the masses and used in this fashion, on purpose or not,
this is dangerous.
Here is why (and thanks to Imgr to inspire at this moment):
False Consensus Experiment
In this study, the experimenters asked students on a college campus to walk around carrying a large advertisement that read "Eat at Joe's." The
researchers then asked the students to estimate how many other people would agree to wear the advertisement. They found that those who agreed to carry
the sign believed that the majority of people would also agree to carry the sign. Those who refused felt that the majority of people would refuse as
The results of these experiments demonstrate what is known in psychology as the false consensus effect. No matter what our beliefs, options, or
behaviors, we tend to believe that the majority of other people also agree with us and act the same way we do.
The Smoky Room Experiment
In this experiment, researchers had participants sit in a room to fill out questionnaires. Suddenly, the room began to fill with smoke. In some cases
the participants was alone, in others there were three unsuspecting participants in the room. In the final iteration there was one participant and two
actors, who ignored the smoke and went on filling out their questionnaires.
When the participants were alone, about three-quarters of the participants left the room calmly to report the smoke to the researchers. In the
condition with three real participants, a little under 40 percent reported the smoke. In the final condition where the two confederates ignored the
smoke, a mere 10 percent of participants left to report the smoke.
The experiment is a great example of how much people rely on the responses of others to guide their actions. When something is happening, but no one
seems to be responding, people tend to take their cues from the group and assume that a response is not required.
The Asch Conformity Experiment
The Asch Experiment is another famous example of the temptation to conform during group situations. This series of experiments conducted in the 1950s
placed one subject in a room full of actors. The person conducting the experiment held up an image with three numbered lines and asked each person in
the room to identify the longest line. The actors purposely chose the incorrect line in order to determine whether the subject would answer honestly
or simply go along with the group answer. The results once again showed that people tend to conform in group situations.
And... This isn't the same as the above but it sheds a little light on how we tend to operate under our government:
The Milgram Experiment
This experiment, conducted in 1961 by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram measured the willingness to obey authority figures by instructing
people to perform acts that conflicted with their morals. Participants were told to play the role of “teacher” and administer electric shocks to
“the learner,” who was supposedly in a different room, every time they answered a question incorrectly. In reality, no one was actually being
shocked. Instead, Milgram played recordings to make it sound like the learner was in a great deal of pain and wanted to end the experiment. Despite
these protests, many participants continued the experiment when the authority figure urged them to, increasing the voltage after each wrong answer
until some eventually administered what would be lethal electric shocks.
Similar experiments conducted since the original have provided nearly identical results, indicating that people are willing to go against their
consciences if they are being told to do so by authority figures.
Anyone see my point?