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Masters of the Mind

Hypnotist elimination showdown
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The spectacle of people acting out various forms of idiocy has never been so popular. It is most of reality TV. How to improve it? By having the people do these horrific, dangerous, bizarre and hilarious deeds while under hypnotic mind control!

This is really no different from the grand tradition of stage hypnotism where people are hypnotized and act funny. The funny stuff would be updated for the reality TV era. The contest would be a set of hypnotists, each with a different style. It would involve serial elimination of individual contestants with each show as with others of the type. On each show the hypnotists would be set a task, then pick from the studio crowd his or her subject and try to hypnotize the subject to accomplish the task. Tasks would range from those far outside the subjects skill set (examples: play an instrument, sew a dress, dance ballet), Fear factor grossout (eat a bug etc), family-friendly sexual activity (eg hypnotize homophobic guy into making out with a man) and so on.

Each show has a winner and a loser. Also featured would be the subjects afterwards watching footage of themselves.

bungston, Mar 26 2013

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       Aren't there people who just can't be hypnotized though?   

       the master would just hypnotise the judges then the TV audience, get the prize, then to keep his/her identity a secret compel us all to forget the whole thing, so it's possibly already happened twice this year already....
not_morrison_rm, Mar 27 2013
  

       the master would just..   

       Damn, I'm getting strange feeling of deja vu*   

       *No relation to Deja Thoris.
not_morrison_rm, Mar 29 2013
  

       You mean _the incomparable_ Deja Thoris.
bungston, Mar 29 2013
  

       // Aren't there people who just can't be hypnotized though? //   

       Yes, to the frustration of a few of the psychotherapists I've seen during the last couple of decades. One of them told me that resistance to hypnotism is physiological rather than purely mental, another said that he sees it most in people he politely calls 'story tellers' (i.e. habitual liars). Personally, every explanation I've been given to why I can't be hypnotized seems just as dubious as hypnotism itself.
Alterother, Mar 29 2013
  

       //You mean _the incomparable_ Deja Thoris   

       I think there is some connection, given the repetition of exactly the same plotline in each the Barsoom books.
not_morrison_rm, Mar 30 2013
  

       //explanation I've been given to why I can't be hypnotized// Easy - you don't want to be hypnotized. Being hypnotized is a collusion between the hypnotist and hypnotee. The argument is over how conscious the collusion is.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 30 2013
  

       Then explain the phenomena of hypno-tits.
rcarty, Mar 30 2013
  

       Whatt?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 30 2013
  

       That's as good an explanation as I've heard, [Max], since I definitely do not want to be hypnotized. The idea of giving somebody that much influence over me is abhorrent.
Alterother, Mar 31 2013
  

       Hypnosis is like the horse and carrot, but the noumena can be as stupid as a horse can be about it.   

       Hypnosis in terms of object commodity, is enslaving the worker by seducing with incentivized objects, and having the worker live in the pursuit of these, appearing hypnotized. Extrapolating from this historically valid sense we can induce that hypnotism has induced a false consciousness, demonstrated by a meaninglessness between the manifestations of hypnosis and its speculated existence. Hypnosis has indeed hypnotized masses to the extent there are none remaining to observe the hypnotized, except for the mad spectators whose incredulity at the stage show , and alternative medicine hypnotized induces him to adventure absurdly to become hypnotized to prove the phenomena that the Capitalist has used to conceal its meaning in his mind. The mad spectators is a schizophrenic whose mind completely escaped his body and turns random people insane. Of course this all pertains to the revised discursive system of hypgnostics, however much was taken to be typographical in nature and the spectacles character 'g' , or spectacles, was eliminated when moveable type presses encountered supplyline shortages of extraneous characters. However it was later when the denotative systemic processes underwent reconcepulization in a paradigmatic ethea transphase and the 's' in 'ostics' as in the in-tact exemplar ' diagnostics', signifying applied methods, was dropped, for the more modern 'otics', and 'ized'. That the type shortage didn't cut across discursive categories suggests that diagnostics of the time were concealed from any such possibilty they could identify, which would undermine the process of hypgnostics, for indeed it is the active diagnostician that is antithesis of the hypnotist.
rcarty, Mar 31 2013
  

       To do that right, rcarty, you should write the really important words in all caps.
bungston, Mar 31 2013
  

       He's RIGHT, YOU KNOW.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 31 2013
  

       It's all been normalized into the normalization sciences of psychological conditioning and organizational behavioural management normativity.
rcarty, Mar 31 2013
  

       Where's [normzone] when you need him?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 31 2013
  

       //caps   

       Well, here's an â with a little hat on it, if that counts.
not_morrison_rm, Apr 03 2013
  
      
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