The trap: Cult thinking and conflict in the Middle East

The notion of ‘cult behaviour’ can explain the persistent cycle of violence in the Middle East. John Bell, Al Jazeera, July 28, 2014:  In mid-June, I wrote an article about the attachment to identity in the Middle East and its deadliness in our times. Since then, a caliphate was announced from Aleppo to Tikrit, the … Continue reading The trap: Cult thinking and conflict in the Middle East

July 26, 2016
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Kathleen Taylor Brainwashing author

Thought crime

‘Brainwashing’ is routinely invoked to explain atrocities,  but what does it really mean? Kathleen Taylor, The Guardian, October 8, 2005… Three months ago, on July 7, London suffered its 9/11. An attack on the capital had long been predicted and, mercifully, far fewer people were killed than in the Twin Towers. But that was no consolation … Continue reading Thought crime

March 30, 2016
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Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made

Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made

The psychology of group dynamics goes a long way toward explaining what drives ordinary people toward radicalism S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher Scientific America, March 25, 2016… Understanding Co-radicalization Although we may think of terrorists as sadists and psychopaths, social psychology suggests they are mostly ordinary people, driven by group dynamics to do … Continue reading Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made

March 27, 2016
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