Thank you for the wonderful replies.
Definitely, but it has long been the technique associated with cults and other organizations bearing questionable agendas. Now it appears mainstream
medical science is willing to embrace the techniques, which does not sit well with me. I've seen the things you can do with brainwashing, the extent
to which a human being can be broken and rebuilt. I don't condone the techniques, because they're a violation of free will, which is sacrosanct in
What else makes us human, if not that? I get very distrustful of anyone who tells people they're not good enough, and offers to fix their mind, to
prune their consciousness.
This sort of work is best left to the individuals. Let every man be responsible for his own mind.
Indeed, Elizabeth Loftus, this same researcher, was instrumental in uncovering that fact. This is a refinement of her earlier work it seems. She
noticed the power of suggestion, and adapted it to other uses, namely weight loss.
I don't think it's an open and shut case though, we still have a lot to learn about memory, the mind, and the limits of free will. I think she's
doing fascinating work, but perhaps treading a little too close to God's territory.
You make several excellent points. This is the best of them IMO.
There are issues, yes, but I'm in favor of studying this. It's far more dangerous when it's hidden/denied/covered up.
I agree completely, we need to understand as much as we can about everything, period, point blank. Be it your enemy, your friend, you can never know
too much. Study is critical, open access to information is critical, otherwise your other point is made null and void.
It doesn't work on everyone or with everyone and it can't be made to work on everyone. The more you're aware of it, the less vulnerable you are.
We need the study and research, so we are aware of it, and therefor less vulnerable to it.
Nothing has to work on everyone, certainly not in a democracy. You only need a majority. This experimented a 40% success rate in later trials, this
is certainly more than sufficient for political malfeasance.
I think everyone owes it to themselves to study and understand the power of suggestion as it applies to marketing, and by extension, politics.
This is slightly different, in that it's not hypnosis, but memory fabrication through the power of suggestion, if I understand the study correctly.
This is the logical extension of her work with hypnosis, because now she's studying the phenomenon whereby you can use hypnosis to convince a subject
of a false memory. This appears to be a more "above the water" technique, in that it doesn't require any sort of hypnosis.
I think the potential for abuse is much higher because of this fact. It could conveivably be used on HUGE groups of people. In fact, it is being
used, as we speak, in direct mail, television, and internet marketting. (A child running through a field with a can of soda, smiling, is attempting to
implant a desire for soda stemming from our need to recreate childhood happiness- theoretically.)
Hopefully this study will clear up some questions about efficacy. You know what that means..the advertisers will continue to sharpen their weapons,
and if the people remain unaware of what's going on, free-will becomes a complete and utter illusion.
I agree, there's no reason to get gun shy and not use the research. Like always, it will come down to the decision of individuals, whether or not to
take advantage of their fellow men.