The Power of Social Influence (reblog)

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And it is the expectation of reward for our natural behaviour, or the manifestation of our natural dispositions, that enslaves us to others. To change who you are, fundamentally, not because it makes you happy but to please another is abject servitude: submission of the highest kind. Yet, society and civilisation in general run on the principles (amongst others) of manipulation and seduction, under the illusion of “freewill”.

To paraphrase a misunderstood and misrepresented master of human communication: let he, who is beyond influence cast the first stone.
This principle is the focus of the first episode of a podcast project we’ve been working on. Originally posted on in reference to Philosophy Plus.



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