Date: Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 8:08 PM
Are we ready for SELF-DECEPTION?
We are if the answer to next questions is YES.
1. misperceive random data and see patterns where there are none;
2. misinterpret incomplete or unrepresentative data and give extra attention to confirmatory data while drawing conclusions without attending to or seeking out disconfirmatory data;
3. make biased evaluations of ambiguous or inconsistent data, tending to be uncritical of supportive data and very critical of unsupportive data.
What is COMMUNAL REINFORCEMENT?
Communal reinforcement is the process by which a claim becomes a strong belief through repeated assertion by members of a community. The process is independent of whether the claim has been properly researched or is supported by empirical data.
Every cult leader knows the value of communal reinforcement combined with isolating cult members from contrary ideas.