The Neuroscience of Global Conspiracy: Boil the Masses Slowly?

The Healing Grapevine "Conspiracy Research Team" takes a non-biased look at the "Incremental Tyranny Theory" also called "Boil the Frog Slowly" Theory.

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  1. Supreme Art of War: Subdue The Enemy Without A Fight?

  2. Common Claim:

  3. The way that corporations/private industry has taken over every aspect of our daily lives is because they have done it in INCREMENTS. That way, the generation coming up next doesn't know the rules to be any different, and can roll their eyes at the older generation thinking they just don't get it, or passively accept the seeming status quo. Also- the notion of resistance has been medicated out of most people, or indoctrinated out on a foundational level using religious blind faith.... faith that our collective future is in the hands of something "greater".... when really the future is up to each of us deciding to take power into our OWN hands.

    -AdminAir
  4. This Conspiracy Theory also draws upon the "Boiling The Frog Slowly" biological analogy:

  5. Snopes says the "Slow Boiling Frog" biological metaphor is not true, but does this mean that the underlying principle of human apathy is also untrue? 

  6. From Snopes:

    Claim: A frog placed in water that is brought to a boil through gradual temperature increase will make no attempt to escape.


    Status: FALSE

     http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/frogboil.asp 

  7. Frog Boiling Wikipedia article also debunks the "Boil The Frog Slowly" Myth:

  8. The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually. According to contemporary biologists the premise of the story is not literally true; a frog submerged and gradually heated will jump out. However, some 19th-century experiments suggested that the underlying premise is true, provided the heating is sufficiently gradual.
  9. From a cognitive neuroscience perspective, A better metaphor for "Boiling The Masses Slowly" might be something called "Social Change Blindness":

  10. A "Conspiracy" implies that there is an evil "Uber-Master-Plan" that is intentionally obfuscated from the masses. The theory is that it is a Long Con. Skeptic Michael Shermer says that 95% of such beliefs are caused by The Agenticity Illusion. What do YOU think?

  11. Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception | Video on TED.com
  12. Our experience is that many of the so-called conspiracies are "Hidden In Plain View" and are even MORE DANGEROUS than a planned conspiracy, because they are caused by a MAJOR moral blind spot in the human animal called " The Omission Bias:

  13. For example, it is possible to closely track and observe all of the bills and constitutional changes being made in Washington. Most people simply do not have the time or energy to do so. Or else, they just don't understand the implication.
  14. Just Because You Are Crazy Does Not Mean They Are NOT Following You:

  15. Another Cognitive Bias that supports the "Hard-Wired Apathy" that evolved in the human brain is called Normalcy Bias. This bias predicts that people are "completely incapable of planning and preparing for an emergency", especially if it is a large scale event that has never happened to them or their immediate ancestors:

  16. It is possible that ALL of these blind spots are known by the "The Agents of Power" and they are counting on the "absolute predictability" of such cognitive blind spots to "Enslave the Human Race". Obviously, a good working knowledge of them will render you a force to be reckoned with. (grin) This is why we have put 99 of the most dangerous "Cognitive Blind Spots" on the Brain Graph for your convenience:

  17. One thing is certain at a bare minimum. We must be very cautious of perhaps the most obvious and dangerous blind spot of them all . . . The Ostrich Effect:
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