Letting “Them” Into Our Heads
October 27, 2009
Just found this very brief and yet exceptionally concise intro into developing a healthy understanding about the human condition. While I’m not too sure about the title that Mike uses – my main gripe being with the notion of “them” – he still provides three very important ideas, all of them based upon scientific study and empirical evidence, that we all should be very, very aware of… Because without understanding these points, we have no real chance to understand the dynamics of the masses, and so just become another part of the herd.
The three experiments are listed here:
Please do your own reading around these ideas, as there is much literature available about them online. If you find anything important, have anything interesting to say about us as human beings, or even have experience of this, then please do write it down here in the comments section. We all need to learn more about this condition with which we are afflicted with.
If you enjoyed Mike’s video, you can see and hear more from this bright lad here.
An After Thought:
Perhaps, when Mike uses the term “them,” he’s really talking about the corporate bodies that banner advertisements in every space they can, thus subtly influencing the minds of those of us who glance over their “Consume Me Now!” slogans and promises for better and easier lives. If you doubt that these brief encounters with adverts can leave any impression what-so-ever on your mind, I seriously suggest you watch the following video and be warned.
“Perception Without Awareness” is sometimes just as influential as actually becoming aware of something and genuinely liking it as an idea or product… All the data that we scan in the sea of mass-media no doubt seeps slowly into our minds on some subconscious level, subtly influencing the way we see things later. We, as human beings, are prone to recognize and move towards those things that we find familiar. And even if we can’t exactly place where we recognize something from, we are more likely to make a choice towards the familiar than the unfamiliar… You may have read Elizabeth Loftus’ study, false memories can easily be fabricated around these recognitions i.e. we can be nudged into making seemingly “free” choices based on false recognitions due to the fact that others understand the principles behind the way our minds naturally function – if we are too passive, we believe the story being told, and we draw up plausible explanations for the un-memberable, rather than exercising truly free choice. Or we are pushed into areas of assumption by mass opinion, even though we might know and understand the real facts…
So… Please, please, please just be aware of the reasons why you do something, and be aware that we are all prone to fabricating reasons for the choices that we make… Reasons that have nothing to do with reality – just like we fabricated the notion of all our Gods, fables, stories and legends… Reasons that justify the means and fabricate an unjust truth. This is what we do… Because this is the way we were naturally selected for… To be meme machines that copy the social etiquette around us for no other reason than to simply mimic what we see going on around us, whether logical and truthful OR NOT. Damn that’s a bitter pill to swallow!