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Monday, September 13, 2010

Hypnosis and Skepticism? It's more likely than you think. (Video)

Messiah was a Derren Brown special shown on Channel 4 on 7 January 2005 at 21:00. Brown traveled to the United States to try to convince five leading figures that he had powers in their particular field of expertise: Christian evangelism, alien abduction, psychic powers, New Age theories and contacting the dead.

Using a false name each time, he succeeded in convincing all "experts" that he had powers, and four openly endorsed him as a true practitioner. The fifth expert, the Christian evangelist Curt Nordheilm, whilst impressed by Brown's performance, asked to meet him again before giving a public endorsement. The concept of the show was to highlight the power of suggestion with regard to beliefs and people's abilities, and failure to question them. Brown made it quite clear with each experiment that if any of the subjects accused him of trickery he would immediately come clean about the whole thing, a rule similar to one of the self-imposed rules of the perpetrators of the Project Alpha hoax. His conclusion was that people tend to hear only things that support their own ideas and ignore contradictory evidence; this is known in psychology as confirmation bias.



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If you can't watch the video here, here's an alternative site to watch it:
Part 1
Part 2

34 comments:

Nigma said...

i watched it a couple of years ago, he's awesome, and he's gay lol.

Much Poopies! said...

Make it stooooooopppp ='(

Sup said...

Supportin!

Bub said...

nice post,supportin':)

http://milkylink.blogspot.com said...

derren is the coolest ginge

Much Poopies! said...

seriously make it stop pls =/

Jram said...

Haha, so the whole thing was a psychological experiment? In my psych class, evidence showed that hypnosis was fiction or atleast impossible in this current day and age. People that were "affected" by hypnosis had to just truly believe they were so they act in favor of the hypnosis. Interesting stuff.

highlyDangerous said...

insightful stuff friend. returned!

Barnacle said...

bookmarking this for later watching!

Michaelangelo said...

I've always been afraid of aliens, dont know why. Not like scifi aliens though, like alien "home videos" from windows and all that junk. >_>


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Piripi Anxo said...

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Deep Thought said...

:O wow.

Fuuuuuuuu said...

good information here... thanks

David said...

Look at the people he's doing this too, they all seem like they'd be swayed more easily than others. Where's the control subject?

sildude said...

Derren Brown has some amazing skills.

The Loon said...

Interesting discovery..

Anti1337 said...

theres this illusionist called derrin brown, hes really good at what he does at least, love the vids too~

AdPlusCommunications said...

Wow, that's a LOT of videos, still watching them, the first half are awesome already.

michael said...

interesting how the mind can be manipulated

Commsky said...

O SUGGESTION YOU MAKE ME LOL

Scant said...

Derren Brown is pretty awesome!
His new shows just don't feel as interesting as the past ones, hopefully the next one will blow everyone away again =)

fatty said...

yer always in herr
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rockStar said...

thanx man <3

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applecider said...

I actually believe in hypnotism

Skutt said...

Think to much:)) keep going :))

http://tigertigerpantherfox.blogspot.com said...

totally going to watch this

Viperman said...

I think it only works on the weak minded

Naj said...

actually, according to the books that i've read, the more intelligent a person is, the more susceptible they are to hypnosis.

Mr. Derp said...

Derren Brown's always intrigued me.

EarthSpark420 said...

Very interesting post!
Supp!

Mitsuru said...

just showing some love :)

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sergiuster said...

great post keep em coming ! <3

David Davidson said...

Absolutely brilliant. I have to watch the rest as soon as possible.

David Davidson said...

Just finished watching all the videos. If someone could explain how he did any of these and leave me a comment about it on my blog I'd really appreciate that.

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