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Frog-in-the-water brainwashing

A technique to indoctrinate large numbers of people against their will.
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We've all heard that a frog sitting in water that is slowly heated won't jump out. An analogy for cultures is that slow change is possible far beyond that possible through force, or that slow change is more efficient.

It should be possible to manipulate the culture of a group of arbitrary size at a rapid rate thusly:
Divide the group into smaller groups of 8 to 10 people. These smaller groups will form closer bonds than larger groups would.
Now find the largest trade-off of submission for comfort that a large percentage (say 80%) will accept. For example, "I'll give you meat every day if you bow to this statue." This can only be agreed to by the group as a whole. If most groups are accepting the change it should be possible to shuffle around individuals to bring to bear more peer pressure on the more reluctant individuals.
Once this new activity has been accepted as a cultural norm it should be possible to add another step. For example, "you can only have your meat if you bow properly."

This continual re- norming will see each person following any desired set of rules as a matter of course.
Voice, Jan 07 2011

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       <Mastermind>   

       "Your name ?"

"Voice."

"Your occupation ?"

"HalfBaker."

"Your specialised subject ?"

"The bleedin' obvious."

  

       </Mastermind>
8th of 7, Jan 07 2011
  

       That’s wrong — the frog will jump out.
Ian Tindale, Jan 07 2011
  

       Besides, this idea is predicated on the basis that humans are no brighter or more perceptive than frogs ... oh, wait....
8th of 7, Jan 07 2011
  

       kiss my ass! - that'll sort the frogs from the boys!
po, Jan 07 2011
  

       //Divide the group into smaller groups of 8 to 10 people.//   

       How exactly do you propose to do this?
Wrongfellow, Jan 07 2011
  

       A bacon slicer ?
8th of 7, Jan 07 2011
  

       The thing is, who wants frog tea?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 07 2011
  

       Storks ?
8th of 7, Jan 07 2011
  

       No thanks - I've eaten.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 07 2011
  

       baked
zeno, Jan 07 2011
  

       This is, of course, how Fox News works.
RayfordSteele, Jan 10 2011
  
      
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