Dark Persuasion: A History Of Brainwashing From Pavlov To Social Media

August 10, 2021|
Dark Persuasion: A History Of Brainwashing From Pavlov To Social Media by Joel E. Dimsdale
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A harrowing account of brainwashing’s pervasive role in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

This gripping book traces the evolution of brainwashing from its beginnings in torture and religious conversion into the age of neuroscience and social media. When Pavlov introduced scientific approaches, his research was enthusiastically supported by Lenin and Stalin, setting the stage for major breakthroughs in tools for social, political, and religious control.  
 
Tracing these developments through many of the past century’s major conflagrations, Dimsdale narrates how when World War II erupted, governments secretly raced to develop drugs for interrogation. Brainwashing returned to the spotlight during the Cold War in the hands of the North Koreans and Chinese. In response, a huge Manhattan Project of the Mind was established to study memory obliteration, indoctrination during sleep, and hallucinogens. Cults used the techniques as well. Nobel laureates, university academics, intelligence operatives, criminals, and clerics all populate this shattering and dark story—one that hasn’t yet ended.
Joel E. Dimsdale is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego. He consults widely to government agencies and is the author of numerous other works, including Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals. He lives in San Diego, CA.
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Title:Dark Persuasion: A History Of Brainwashing From Pavlov To Social Media
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:304 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 in
Published:August 10, 2021
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300247176

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