Cults and Cognition II: Programming the True Believer


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In our last Forensic View (Sharps, 2020), we discussed the importance of cognitive dissonance in the maintenance and even enhancement of cult beliefs.  Many of the ideas we considered are bizarre by normal standards; it’s difficult to see how a person could come to endorse such beliefs, and unless that person were relatively dissociated (see our next Forensic View), he or she probably wouldn’t.  Not while thinking as an individual.   

But what if that person is a member of a group? 

A great research psychologist once told me of his studies of monkeys.  He was having trouble distinguishing a given monkey under observation when it mixed in with its fellows, so he dabbed a little drab paint, hardly visible, onto the hindquarters of the specific monkey. 

When this painted monkey was introduced back into its troop, the psychologist anticipated no problem; the paint was practically invisible. But

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Citi and Mastercard “True Name” Helps LGBTQ Community

Over a year after Mastercard announced the “True Name” initiative, Citi is the first major bank to provide card members with the ability to choose the name listed on their credit card.

“We’re incredibly proud to launch the True Name feature, through our relationship with Mastercard, because we strongly believe that our customers should have the opportunity to be called by the name that represents who they really are,” Carla Hassan, CMO at Citi, said in the press release.

True Name aims to help members in the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans and non-binary people, by allowing them to have financial products with their self-identified chosen first name. This new feature can play a part in reducing the discrimination many members of the trans and non-binary communities face when purchasing items with a credit card.

In fact, nearly one third (32%) of individuals who have shown IDs with a name or

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Stereotypes About Website Design That Aren’t Always True

Technologies are becomes more advanced and businesses goes to live on technologies. Many clients who are not aware of website design technologies but heard so many things about websites and their technologies used to develop. Because of heard things, they collect some knowledge about website design they made some perceptions or stereotypes which is not true at all. It’s a matter of facts that People who does not belongs to the community whatever it is have made some Stereotypes based on facts that is irrelevant and most of them is false. While few things they saw or listen may be correct at that time in some specific conditions.

Here we list out some most common stereotypes really encountered with our customers and from people around us:

• A Website designer is a Programmer – It is the most common stereotypes of people from our surroundings they think that website designer … Read More

3 Weird But True Internet Laws

There are all kinds of internet laws; good ones, bad ones, and some that are just plain weird. The weird but true internet laws are what we are going to focus on today. These three laws come from all around the world, and can really make you shake your head in wonder at the sheer insanity of it all.

#1: It is illegal in the State of Tennessee (USA) to post/send “distressing” images using the internet

Yes, you heard that correctly. As of mid-2011 it is illegal to “transmit or display an image” anywhere online that is likely (yes, likely) to “frighten, intimidate, or cause emotional distress” to anyone who sees it. Yes, anyone, regardless of whether or not the person in question was the target of the image. This takes the crown for most ridiculous internet laws ever made! Under this law, anyone, from anywhere in the world, can … Read More