Some unpleasant facts we’ve found through experiment, or through journalistic investigation: (Source)
- The Millgram Experiment showed that people obey authority even to harm others. The average percentages of participants who are prepared to inflict fatal voltages (on another person) for US studies (61%) for non-US studies (66%).
- In the Stanford Prison Experiment, student were selected to be guards or prisoners. Guards enforced authoritarian measures and ultimately subjected some of the prisoners to psychological torture. Many of the prisoners passively accepted psychological abuse and, at the request of the guards, readily harassed other prisoners who attempted to prevent it.
- “People are reluctant to change their minds, even when facts don’t match what they believe” — Univ. of Iowa study finds equity analysts who issue written forecasts about stocks may be subject to this confirmation bias and do not let new data significantly revise their initial analyses.
- Why Society Doesn’t Change: The System Justification Bias — System Justification or as I call it Statusquotarianism is an ideological product of internalized inferiority of disadvantaged groups : To quote Radiohead, “You do it to yourself. You do. And that’s what really hurts”
- Study finds our beliefs and behaviors influenced by shared social connections — the larger the group, the ‘more contagious’ an idea is, meaning that nearly all truths are by consensus, not by actuality. The solution is science and empircism.
- We get stuck in online filter bubbles; trapped in echo chambers which inhibit new information.
- Good people can turn evil because of groupthink and authority abuse via Dr. Zimbardo’s “Lucifer Effect”.
- Most people do not have a productive and optimal relationship with time (future positive orientation), and this causes many societal problems and personal woes.
- We’re stuck in a timeloop with global amnesia, by design, because that’s what’s good for business
- We have many cognitive biases and use them in arguments
- We have deep cognitive dissonance and many times it’s institutionalized
- We have paid-astroturfers posing as pseudoskeptics. What’s more alarming than their existence is that there are actual people doing this…people who can put their ethics and morals aside. I characterize this as compartmentalized psychopathy, but I’m not a qualified psychologist.
- Finally, Social Psychology itself has become weaponized by the cryptofinancial elite via their military-intelligence goons, an army of astroturfers who operate to disrupt rightful organization; willfully use propaganda, mass messaging, deception, pushing stories, alias development; denial of service attacks, spoofing and masquerading; gaslighting, confabulating, confounding, and confusing; screwing with people’s attention; willfully sending users disinformation over the internet (QUANTUMINSERT); destroying both their access to truth and their ability to process it.