Please take a moment to follow the links within this post and to read the info at each stop because it will set the stage for a full slate of related topics I have planned for this coming Friday.
Last week, TIME Magazine had this eye-opening column titled "How Obama Is Using The Science Of Change" in which we find the following excerpt:
"Moffo then passed along guidelines and a sample script from the Consortium of Behavioral Scientists, a secret advisory group of 29 of the nation's leading behaviorists. The key guideline was a simple message: 'A Record Turnout Is Expected.' That's because studies by psychologist Robert Cialdini and other group members had found that the most powerful motivator for hotel guests to reuse towels, national-park visitors to stay on marked trails and citizens to vote is the suggestion that everyone is doing it. 'People want to do what they think others will do,' says Cialdini, author of the best seller Influence. 'The Obama campaign really got that.'"
That prompted Corrente to write the following in a commentary:
"For a good two years, now, Time Magazine has been putting out meta puff pieces on Obama on a reliable, weekly basis. The one I'm going to discuss from last week's edition by Michael Grunwald is not much different. But, this part caught my attention..."
The author then goes on to reference the following questionable excerpt from that original TIME Magazine piece:
"The existence of this behavioral dream team — which also included best-selling authors Dan Ariely of MIT (Predictably Irrational) and Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago (Nudge) as well as Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman of Princeton — has never been publicly disclosed, even though its members gave Obama white papers on messaging, fundraising and rumor control as well as voter mobilization. President Obama is still relying on behavioral science. But now his Administration is using it to try to transform the country. Because when you know what makes people tick, it's a lot easier to help them change."
Finally, Cannonfire references the entire saga on his website (sorry about the expletive in the title of his entry), and nails it when he writes:
"Damon at Corrente has an excellent piece on a Time magazine story which will spawn a dozen conspiracy theories. One could argue that, in this case, we have no need for theory. Obama's reliance on a secret team of behavioral scientists is, on its face, conspiratorial."
Spiritual deception in the halls of power in the highest levels of government in this country? Nah, it couldn't be! I don't believe it. (If you're new here, that was me being sarcastic).
I'm interested in hearing from all the "Obamabots" who see in him their salvation. How does this news sit with you? Are you ok with your President telling you what to do and what to think? Do you give him a free pass on this?
We all know that if the same story came out about Bush or any other Republican in office the lynch mob would "demand" removal from office or something else quite extreme. I'm just saying.
Anyway, just keep this in mind the name time the "We Are Change" circus comes to town in person or on your TV screen. Also, keep this in mind since Friday's studies in spiritual deception will blow you away and make this look like mere child's play.
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