Japan’s Strangest Cult? | False Gods

From Margaret Thatcher seances to promising to eliminate North Korea, Happy Science is a controversial new religious movement with over 12 million members in 90 countries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIS-RE3gO64 Led by its charismatic leader, Ryuho Okawa, the group’s followers believe he is a divine being, but others have accused him of leading a cult. We hear from… Continue lendo Japan’s Strangest Cult? | False Gods

“The 10 tactics of fascism” – Jason Stanley | Big Think

Fascism is a cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by immigrants, leftists, liberals, minorities, homosexuals, women, in the face of what the fascist leader says is a takeover of the country's media, cultural institutions, schools by these forces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpCKkWMbmXU Fascist movements typically, though not invariably, rest on… Continue lendo “The 10 tactics of fascism” – Jason Stanley | Big Think

Chomsky interview: Bolsonaro Is Spreading Trump-Like Fear of “Election Fraud” in Brazil | Truthout

By C.J. Polychroniou - Truthout, July 16, 2021 Since 2019, Brazil finds itself in the midst of one of its most difficult periods since the end of the military dictatorship in 1985, thanks to the inhumane policies of the Jair Bolsonaro regime which parallel those of Donald Trump’s administration. President Bolsonaro is an apologist for the… Continue lendo Chomsky interview: Bolsonaro Is Spreading Trump-Like Fear of “Election Fraud” in Brazil | Truthout

“Dark Persuasion – The History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media” – Joel E. DIMSDALE

Joel E. Dimsdale discusses his latest book Dark Persuasion: A History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media, which traces the evolution of brainwashing from its beginnings in torture and religious conversion into the age of neuroscience and social media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWl8FXhdEio JOEL DIMSDALE, MD, is distinguished professor emeritus and research professor in the department of… Continue lendo “Dark Persuasion – The History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media” – Joel E. DIMSDALE

The Truth Illusion | Al Jazeera Investigations

‘The Truth Illusion’ investigates one of the most profound questions that philosophers through the ages have tried to address. From Plato to Immanuel Kant to Gilles Deleuze, thinkers have asked: what can we prove to be the truth? The investigation examines these questions in the context of United States today. Is it possible, in such… Continue lendo The Truth Illusion | Al Jazeera Investigations

“Gândire pozitivă vs. scepticism elementar” – Marius DOBRE

Revista de filosofie, LXVI, 5, p. 649–658, Bucureşti, 2019 [PDF] Positive Thinking vs. Elementary Skepticism. There are moral, economic, political theories which claim that the age we live in is the best era in history, that the progress of humankind is authentic. Manipulative ideologies have been issued to convince people who do not notice the… Continue lendo “Gândire pozitivă vs. scepticism elementar” – Marius DOBRE