10 Apr 2009 17:40

Really, non-rational techniques of persuasion. (A somewhat cloudy concept, which I probably ought to work on making clear.) For instance: is a mis-leading or a lie a form of non-rational persuasion? (Probably not.) How about the threat of torture? (No, because it doesn't instill belief, merely lead to a specific action.)

Connections religious conversion, initiation rites, possession and multiple personality, psychotherapy. Exploitation by memes. Cf. Intellectual Immune Systems