American Dream wrote:
Here I'll use Wikipedia to do a quick survey of anomalous data, and then cite some other sources to provide broader context
Many well-known psychologists and psychiatrists have passed through the Tavistock Institute over the years, and it became known as the focal point in Britain for psychoanalysis and the psychodynamic theories of Sigmund Freud and his followers. Other names associated with the Tavistock are Melanie Klein, Carl Gustav Jung, J. A. Hadfield, Beckett, Charles Rycroft, Wilfred Bion, and R. D. Laing.
Political correctness (adjectivally politically correct, both forms commonly abbreviated to PC) is a term used to describe language, ideas, policies, or behaviour seen as seeking to minimize offence to racial, cultural, or other identity groups. Conversely, the term politically incorrect is used to refer to language or ideas that may cause offense or that are unconstrained by orthodoxy.
The term itself and its usage are hotly contested. The term "political correctness" is used almost exclusively in a pejorative sense.
Some commentators have argued that the term "political correctness" is a straw man invented by conservatives in the 1990s in order to challenge progressive social change, especially with respect to issues of race, religion and gender.Ruth Perry traces the term back to Mao's little red book. According to Perry, the term was later adopted by the radical left in the 1960s. In the 1990s, because of the term's association with radical politics and communist censorship, it was used by the political right in the United States to discredit the political left, including liberals and Democrats.
The term can also be used to describe any form of political orthodoxy whether the orthodoxy is from the left or the right.
I don't know if bigwig behavioral scientists who were contracted for secret experiments by governments also having influential public positions could be called "anomalous," on the contrary, one would assume that such a person would have a big-time, high profile "day job."...
While in no way endorsing mind-control experimentation I am saying that having those people on board does not automatically make the Tavistock Institute a similar program. Others have been involved...
And there is that "political correctness" phrase again. I just don't buy any arguments that rest on denouncing "political correctness"...
This sounds creepy:
(iii) The means of methods; physical, neurophysiological,
psychological or other -- that might be used to induce change
of opinion or conversion of attitude in the individual
But what if these methods were used to design a public health campaign for reducing HIV infection or child abuse?
I don't know what other skeptical remarks to add. I am romantically fond of the 60's era and I think a lot of really powerful things were happening then. I hate to see a lot of the positive stuff dumped on, but I am willing to consider the possibility of large scale behavior modification programs influencing that era...
American Dream wrote:I did present evidence that Tavistock was tied to military/intel/elite interest in the behavioral sciences, and that British, Canadian, and US efforts in those areas converged during the Cold War period. How much, if any, of the the 60's counterculture was influenced by such programs is a much deeper, and far more elusive, question...
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