Charles-Marie-Gustave Le Bon (May 7, 1841 – December 13, 1931) was a French social psychologist, sociologist, and physicist. He was the author of several works in which he expounded theories of national traits, racial superiority, herd behavior, and crowd psychology. His views on cultural evolution were based on his belief that it is the character or “soul” of the people that determines their progress, and that this character took the form of an unconscious “collective mind.” This collective mind would also emerge in a crowd of people, influencing their behavior in ways not predicted by simply studying an individual.
In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The letter, warning of the rise of totalitarian police states that will ‘say that two and two are five,’ is reprinted from George Orwell: A Life in Letters, edited by Peter Davison and published today by Liveright. Plus, Orwell’s advice to Arthur Koestler on how to review books.
For more than twenty years L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., has been a man on the run. He has changed residences, occupations, and even his name in 1972 to Ron DeWolf to escape what he alleges to be the retribution and wrath of his father and his father’s organization– the Church of Scientology. His father, L. Ron Hubbard. Sr., founder and leader of Scientology, has been a figure of controversy and mystery, as has been his organization, for more than a generation. Its detractors have called it the “granddaddy” and the worst of all the religious cults that have sprung up over the last generation. Its advocates– and there are thousands–swear that the church is the avenue for human perfection and happiness. Millions of words have been written for and against Scientology. Just what is the truth?
The allegory of the cave is also called the analogy of the cave, myth of the cave, metaphor of the cave, parable of the cave, and Plato’s Cave – Wikipedia.com This illustrated work is important to understand when trying to compare a Mental Prison that one can experience when under Undue Influence. From a comment […]
The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel by C. S. Lewis. It is written in a satirical, epistolary style and while it is fictional in format, the plot and characters are used to address Christian theological issues, primarily those to do with temptation and resistance to it. First published in February 1942, the story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter. The uncle’s mentorship pertains to the nephew’s responsibility in securing the damnation of a British man known only as “the Patient”.
In reference to Undue Influence, these letters represents the efforts to manipulate, an unsuspecting individual, to the pure Evil, perverted as the greatest good, in order to maintain control and influence. John Cleese has narrated these letter and is presented on YouTube in 31 short audio/video clips
To fully read and study these letters, I have collected them here, on a separate page. —THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS
On Amazon there is a long list of publications containing these letters.