The Reliability of Apostate Testimony about New Religious Movements
AJ McLean & Kyle Sandilands—Media “Brainwashing” Claims Two More Victims
The tabloid media regularly employs an old tried-and-true technique upon the public known as the “seed of doubt.” It is probably the most powerful tool of unsettling or controlling the mind of anyone from a single person to large groups. It’s the suggestion of something invisible—often an absurdity so incongruous with reality that our minds fixate upon it in an attempt to prove or disprove it.
“Brainwashed” and Other Dehumanizing Words
These days people sling the term “brainwashing” around like a Frisbee at a park or more aptly, like the fists, rocks, bricks and bullets which fly when some attempt at a rational discussion devolves into selfishness, hatred and bigotry.
Really. Brainwashed?!
You don’t know me, I know. But let’s just establish, quickly, that I am bossy, usually the loudest one in the room and the first person you’d pick if you were choosing an all-star team for charades.
Listverse “cult” story debunked
Margaret Singer based her work on what she claimed to be the results of studies into the treatment of prisoners of war during the Korean War. Anthony showed that the entire Korean brainwashing scare lacked scientific substance; it was a propaganda campaign concocted to perpetuate the anti-Communist hysteria of the McCarthy era.
Does Scientology engage in brainwashing or mind control?
How does Scientology view deprogrammers and groups that attempt to force people to denounce their chosen religion?
Debunking the Myth of Religious “Brainwashing”
A significant area of misinformation perpetuated by anti-religious social scientists and others is the subject of so-called “religious brainwashing.