Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others. Since the word ‘brainwashing’ was coined in the. Brainwashing has ratings and 31 reviews. Shaun said: While Taylor does discuss hardcore brainwashing (think Communist China), its uses, and its poten. Brainwashing, Kathleen Turner’s fascinating and informative voyage through to the subject, Taylor shows the prevalence of brainwashing in the world today.

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Account Options Sign in. I keep coming back to how we see the world, say as opposed to bees. Maybe was her first book so I added one more on my reading list. This goes to show that brainwashing is not an independent process that happens, but is woven into the very fabric of our lives. But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: This may seem an overtly complex tangent initially, but is key to the author’s argument that simplistic notions of mind-control are pipe dreams. Also Taylor is quite happy to take on some heavyweights for kxthleen oversimplifying — you might even say brainwashing — approach in putting across a scientific message.

Showing of 27 reviews. The concept that “reality” is on many levels a self-created individualized delusion subjective and not objective is a mind-bender, but then again if it is real to the self, than what’s the difference. Amazon Business Service for business customers. Jul 17, Yousef Mahmood rated it liked it. Taylor really drives it home that we don’t know nearly enough about the symbiosis of consciousness and matter.

It is a very interesting book and I did learn many things from it.

Where her book is unique is in its focus on neuroscience rather than psychology. 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.


In BrainwashingKathleen Taylor brought the worlds of neuroscience and social psychology together for the first time. View all 7 comments. Read more Read less. She also explores the history of thought-control and shows how it persists all around us, from marketing and television, to politics and education. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The Financial Times Limited. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Instead, the author explores the much deeper areas behind the notion of brainwashing, and in doing so expands into areas that the reader probably hasn’t considered before. This is possibly one of the most important books I’ve read in a long while.

Even the food we eat may impact how our brain functions and thus who “we are” or perceive ourselves to be. But until now, a crucial part of the debate has been missing: The section on “cogwebs” is where the book really begins to take off.

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It looks at the origin, the methods, the ideas, the social and political implications, the neuroscience behind it, as well as the philosophical braihwashing that surround our ability to think ‘freely’. Paperbackpages.

Interestingly, I checked out “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” to reread before starting this book haven’t read since high schooland I am excited about reading it with Taylor’s ideas still fresh in my head.

But, if you are willing to take a step back, and look at the wider pictures of how humans interact and what happens when opinions differ and are pushed forcefully, you will find this an enlightening read.

I urge anyone with an interest in psychology and thought processes to at least give this book a try. It would be easy to think ‘Surely we don’t need another book on quantum physics. Throughout history, humans have attempted to influence and control the thoughts of others.


Share your thoughts with other customers. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Brainwashing describes three approaches to mind-changing; by force, by stealth and by direct brain manipulation technologies Since the word ‘brainwashing’ was coined in the aftermath of the Korean War, it has become part of the popular culture, served as a topic for jokes, and been exploited to create sensational headlines. As Baggott points out, you could easily think that raylor theory was the only game in town when it comes to the ultimate challenge in physics, kafhleen a way to unify the currently incompatible general theory of relativity and quantum theory.


Looks at the subject from all angles – from the violent spouse to the torture camp, from the narrow focus of most media to the milieu control of cult leaders. View all 13 comments. Brainwashing, Kathleen Turner’s fascinating and informative voyage through the subject, is the first to combine the latest findings in social psychology and neuroscience in trying to understand the incredibly complicated workings of the human brain.

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The power of persuasion 4. Between them, these two behemoths of twentieth century physics underlie the vast bulk of physics very well – but they simply can’t be put together. In the Part I of the book, titled: It’s true that physicists have come up with various interpretations of quantum physics, but these are designed as technical mechanisms to bridge the gap between theory and the world as we see it, rather than explanations that would make sense to the ordinary reader.

A lesson to pick from the book: I did not know right away what the foundation of her arguments for deconstructing the concept was at any given time.

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable. Clearly is a dystopia Kathleen Taylor is one of my favorite authors. The middle section does get technical as it attempts to bring a general readership up to speed on topics like neurotransmitters and neurons.