Blog: (VIDEO) Language and Thought Control - Scientology and Other Methods - 2016-06-23

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F0.png (VIDEO) Language and Thought Control - Scientology and Other Methods June 23, 2016, Chris Shelton, Critical Thinker at Large

I wanted to talk very briefly about language and how it can be used harmfully by destructive cults and people who do not have your best interests at heart.

Language is not just a tool to communicate ideas but is a way of creating and controlling the way people think about things. It is perhaps one of the most powerful tools Mankind ever created. How it is used can determine the fate of nations and can alter the very nature of reality. Let's talk about a few ways this works.

We all know the people, especially some authors, who use big words to impress or intimidate rather than communicate. Sure, there are lots of times when big words are exactly the right ones to use to communicate specific concepts, but there are also times when the speaker is just showing off or trying to make his audience fell less intelligent. And most of the time it works. Often, people will automatically grant authority to someone who is throwing words at them they don't understand, assuming that this authority figure is the one who knows what he or she is talking about and that they are the ones who are ignorant. But you know what? That's not always the case.