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Episode 1875 Scott Adams PART2: I Literally Just Woke Up. Lower Your Expectations

Content:

  • Hypnosis lesson and tips
  • Republicans policy…no fentanyl plan?
  • Why don’t republicans care about fentanyl?
  • Kari Lake on border control
  • Border security isn’t a fentanyl plan
  • Two out of three theory
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Episode 1875 Scott Adams PART1: I Literally Just Woke Up. Lower Your Expectations

Content:

  • Hypnosis lesson and tips
  • Republicans policy…no fentanyl plan?
  • Why don’t republicans care about fentanyl?
  • Kari Lake on border control
  • Border security isn’t a fentanyl plan
  • Two out of three theory
  • If you would like to enjoy this same content plus bonus content from Scott Adams, including micro-lessons on lots of useful topics to build your talent stack, please see scottadams.locals.com for full access to that secret treasure.

Episode 1620 Scott Adams PART2: Let’s Talk About All The Fake Coronavirus Data and More Fun

Content:

  • Dramatic support increase for nuclear energy
  • Chicago teachers return to classroom
  • AZ Governor Ducey’s persuasive framing
  • Garbage hospitalization numbers
  • Experts stopped talking about long-haul COVID
  • Feb 1, CDC accurate death rate deadline
  • If you would like to enjoy this same content plus bonus content from Scott Adams, including micro-lessons on lots of useful topics to build your talent stack, please see scottadams.locals.com for full access to that secret treasure.

Episode 1620 Scott Adams PART1: Let’s Talk About All The Fake Coronavirus Data and More Fun

Content:

  • Dramatic support increase for nuclear energy
  • Chicago teachers return to classroom
  • AZ Governor Ducey’s persuasive framing
  • Garbage hospitalization numbers
  • Experts stopped talking about long-haul COVID
  • Feb 1, CDC accurate death rate deadline
  • If you would like to enjoy this same content plus bonus content from Scott Adams, including micro-lessons on lots of useful topics to build your talent stack, please see scottadams.locals.com for full access to that secret treasure.

Episode 1312 Scott Adams: Hypnosis, Partisanship Causes Brain Damage, Evidence of the Simulation, and the Cuomorona

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Content:

  • Public speaking tip for effectiveness and persuasion
  • Biden talks to China…about what?
  • Science confirms: Being partisan causes brain damage
  • A productive reframing of “racism everywhere”
  • Light technology effectively treats COVID-19 
  • Governor Cuomo versus the Democrats

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Episode 645 Scott Adams: Talking About Politics, AI, and Brain Hacking


Content: 

  • Mexican military clashes with illegals at Mexico’s southern border
    • Does Mexico need a…WALL on their southern border?
    • Would it cost Mexico LESS in the long-run to build…a wall?
  • Democrat candidates review…how they’re doing, what to expect
  • If Biden drops out…
    • …who will absorb his African-American supporters?
  • James Mattis new book’s criticism of  President Trump
  • Lawrence O’Donnell’s report and retraction, Maddow’s reaction
  • Elon Musk, Jack Ma debate AI potential
  • Software developer pushback against the Simulation Theory
    • Creative people vs software developer mindsets
  • Is the universe old enough to justify the theory of evolution?
  • Computers will never have “souls”…people don’t have them either
  • Whiteboard Talk: Mental Hacks
    • ReProgramming your own brain
    • EASY personal preference modification

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Episode 72: Causes of School Shootings, Terrorism, Fake News, Plus Hypnotism

Topics:

  • Jordan Peterson getting pecked to death by his critics
  • Jordan’s premise: Monogamy reduces violence
  • School violence, common factors
  • Video games association with violence
  • “top of mind” thoughts and influence on beliefs
  • Scientific study: Journalists more susceptible to bias than other professions
  • Understanding the power of hypnosis
  • Darren Brown / Simon Pegg, demonstration of memory being rewritten
  • Journalists have taken role of hypnotist, rewriting audience memory
  • NXIVM Raniere interview
  • John Legend becoming the thing he hates

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Win Bigly Bonus Chapter

    Readers who pre-ordered my new book, Win Bigly, already got a copy of the bonus chapter that I offered with the pre-order. Now that the book is out, I thought I would include it here for the rest of you. The context is that I’m a trained hypnotist and people often ask me about the topic, so I thought I would answer the most common questions about it. This chapter is in the book, but publishing it here makes it easier to share.

    For me, the biggest impact from learning hypnosis was recognizing that people are not rational creatures. We’re creatures who act irrationally and then rationalize our choices after the fact, at least for any decision involving emotion. Once you embrace this concept, the world is far easier to understand. But there are a number of other practical benefits to adding this skill to your talent stack. I’ll tell you a few below.

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Hypnotists Flips Pro-Choicers to Pro-Life in Seconds (I explain how)

    Here’s a link to a provocative (and disturbing) short video of a hypnotist (my word) flipping pro-choicers to pro-life in minutes. I judge it to be real because the persuasion technique is solid gold. I’ll tell you how he did it after you watch.

    I’ll explain the steps he used. These are not necessarily in order. 

    Step One: Choose your subjects carefully

    Notice that the subjects were on the young side. Young people are easier to flip because they haven’t had as long to harden their opinions and to make those opinions part of their core self-image. The hypnotist’s method would usually fail with people over fifty. (I assume, based on what I know of persuasion.)

    Step Two: Pre-suasion

    Read the book Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini to see how mentioning one topic (in this case the Holocaust) can bias you for an unrelated topic that you discuss right after. The trick is to put the pre-suasion immediately before the persuasion. You don’t want time to pass. The immediacy is what makes it work. You want topic A to conflate in your brain with topic B, even if they are unrelated.

    Obviously you need to pick your priming topic carefully, and that isn’t always obvious. In Cialdini’s book he discusses a study that says people are more likely to vote Republican immediately after seeing an image of an American flag. That wouldn’t have been obvious to me. But in the 180Movie.com video it is a bit easier to see why the hypnotist chose the holocaust as his primer before discussing abortion.

    The hypnotist shows us his technique with a word-play game. He asks his subjects to spell the word “shop.” Then he immediately asks them what they do when they see a green light. They reflexively say “stop” because he primed them with the word “shop.” (The correct answer is that green lights mean go, not stop.) The hypnotist accomplishes two things with this question. He first makes the subjects start to doubt their own common sense, which helps if you want to change a mind. But it is also a wink to the trained persuaders watching the video. He is showing us his technique. 

    As I have told you in this blog before, persuasion works even if you know the technique and recognize it as it is happening to you. 

    Notice also that the hypnotist chooses the holocaust because it has maximum emotional impact and he can describe a bulldozer scene that is chilling and visual. He also uses trial jury legend Gerry Spence’s method of putting them in the imagined scene so if feels personal. 

    For maximum persuasion you want high visual content and high emotional content. The hypnotist maxed out on both. (This guy is not a beginner.)

    Step Three: Make them convince themselves

    The hypnotist asks questions and lets the subjects talk themselves into changing their opinions. If he directly challenged their beliefs they would just harden in their resistance. But he gives them encouragement and the freedom to do it on their own. That freedom is an illusion. He is changing their minds for them.

    I use this method a lot. 

    Step Four: Get them to say “baby”

    The hypnotist tries to lead the subject into calling a fetus of any age a “baby.” He does that by showing sonograms of a fetus just a few weeks old. Remember that our visual sense is our strongest. Seeing eye-indications on the fetus makes us think of a human. It makes us assume life. It’s a reflex. 

    Then he asks the subject to fill in the answer to the following question:

    “It’s okay to kill a baby in the womb when…”

    That’s triggers the subjects to become pro-life at that moment.

    Step Five: Move them from certainty to doubt.

    Some subjects probably didn’t say “baby” when prompted, so the hypnotist takes another path. He asks them if they would blow up a building if they didn’t know for sure whether or not there was a living person inside. Of course the subjects say no.

    Then the hypnotist connects the dots. You can’t be 100% certain there is no “life” in a fetus, even at a few weeks from conception. It is unknowable.

    The subjects in the film give up at that point and express pro-life sentiments.

    Notice that “blow up the building” is super-strong visual imagery. That is good technique.

    Step Six: Make them say the new opinion out loud

    The hypnotist makes his subjects state clearly and publicly their new position as pro-lifers. Cialdini’s book Influence teaches us that once you commit to a stance it becomes hard to change your mind. So as soon as the hypnotist got the conversion he wanted he locked it in by making them proclaim their new position in public.

    Step Five: Ignore the failed attempts

    I assume the video leaves out any failed attempts. This isn’t the sort of thing that works every time. It leaves the viewer with the idea that pro-choicers are just confused. All they need is two minutes of explanation and they will flip.

    The reality is that most people are locked into their positions on abortion. The hypnotist in this video is crazy-good, but you can’t flip most people that quickly.

    Still, the fact that it can work at all should tell you that everything you ever thought about human rationality was wrong.

    Update: Some of you asked what method could be used to flip someone from pro-life to pro-choice. That’s harder because the emotional argument is heavily biased to one side. (You can’t top a dead baby-maybe.) And emotion is a big part of persuasion. The Persuasion Filter predicts a long term trend toward restricting abortion rights simply because that side of the debate got their persuasion right, finally. 

    My own view on abortion is that men like me should sideline themselves on this topic and let women decide what situation is most credible and tolerable. I’ll follow their lead. I add nothing to the quality of the decision. (The financial dimension is a separate question.)

    On a totally unrelated note, what is the most useful and entertaining book you have ever read? 

    Scott Adams

    Author of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

The Hypnosis Lawyer

    Did you see the story about the Ohio lawyer that allegedly hypnotized his female clients against their will and molested them? He was just sentenced to 12 years in prison for “kidnapping.”

    You might be wondering if it is possible for a hypnotist lawyer to put people into trances in his office, sexually molest them, and have them leave with no memory of the event. The answer is no, unless he discovered something that other hypnotists don’t know about.

    But he went to jail anyway.

    Your first clue that something is fishy is that a lawyer who is allegedly a first-class hypnotist couldn’t win a court case. Joking aside, that is unlikely, given that the standard for conviction is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” I’m not a lawyer, but as a trained hypnotist I’m fairly certain I could give a jury reasonable doubt about their own existence. So the fact that a jury of human beings convicted this lawyer conflicts with the fact that he is allegedly an amazing hypnotist. It’s possible. But it is unlikely.

    So how can we explain multiple women coming forward with similar stories of blurry memories and sexual abuse involving this same lawyer? There are two possibilities that I can see.

    1. The defendant is the first hypnotist in the world (as far as I know) to learn how to put people into trance in casual conversation and make them forget multiple sexual molestations.

    or…

    2. Several women experienced cognitive dissonance and independently hallucinated similar molestations.

    A year ago – before you started reading my blog posts about persuasion – you probably would have assumed the logical explanation is that a super-hypnotist did in fact put several women into trance against their will and molest them. After all, what are the odds that several women would have the same story?

    But if I have taught you anything this year it is that mass delusions – and small group delusions – are totally common and expected in life. On the other hand, the rise of the world’s most powerful super-hypnotist – who can’t win a jury trial – is unlikely.

    I’ve been a certified hypnotist for decades. And I’ve studied the field of persuasion for years. In all of that time I have never heard about or seen a verified case of someone losing memory from a hypnosis session. 

    But I have heard of lots of cases in which multiple people hallucinated similar things that didn’t happen. Usually there is some trigger for cognitive dissonance. In this case – hypothetically – the women might be embarrassed that they got into sexually-charged conversations with their lawyer. If their behavior conflicted with their self-images, cognitive dissonance would kick in.

    But how in the world could several women all have similar stories? That’s unlikely, right?

    No. That sort of thing is more common than you imagine. Sometimes it happens because police ask leading questions, such as “Did anything unusual happen when you were in his office?” And “Do you remember everything that happened?” And of course, “We are investigating claims that he used hypnosis to molest clients.” Any questions along those lines would produce similar-sounding hallucinations. That’s what happened in this famous court case. It’s a well-documented phenomenon.

    I feel confident in saying that the women involved in the case believe their own stories, whether the stories are true or not. In other words, they all could pass lie detector tests, and they are probably super-credible witnesses because they believe what they are saying. (I wasn’t there, so I can’t know what happened.)

    From my perspective as a trained persuader, the most likely explanation for the lawyer’s situation is that he did in fact use conversational persuasion to generate sexual arousal in his clients. That part is totally feasible and not terribly difficult for a trained hypnotist to accomplish. If the clients found themselves enjoying the experience, and going with it, they might later realize their behavior did not match their self-images. Especially if they had husbands or boyfriends. That setup would almost guarantee that cognitive dissonance happens to “explain” why the women acted in ways counter to their self-images. Add some leading questions from investigators and you have enough to create several similar-sounding hallucinations of unwanted sexual molestations. 

    And keep in mind that these women were likely to be in the 20% of the public that has a strong reaction to suggestion. If a hypnotist identified them as being especially suggestible, the investigators could plant suggestions in them as well, but only accidentally in the latter case.

    If you are wondering how easily a group of humans can be thrown into the same hallucination, consider that half of Americans believes their country just elected a racist, homophobic, sexist and the other half thinks we elected an open-minded guy who is no more sexist than most people. No matter which half of the country is right, the other half of the country is in a deep hallucination. We just don’t know which half. (Yes, I know that you know the other half is hallucinating. But keep in mind that the other half thinks you are the one hallucinating.)

    Anyway, back to the lawyer. I don’t know the facts because I wasn’t in the room when any of it happened. But one woman wore a wire and recorded the lawyer talking inappropriately. So we know something wasn’t right. I doubt he was innocent of all wrongdoing. I’m just explaining the limits of hypnosis as I understand them. In summary:

    Hypnosis Can’t: Make you forget you were molested in a lawyer’s office by the time you walk out. (As far as I know.)

    Hypnosis Can: Produce intense sexual arousal, even in conversational form.

    Cognitive Dissonance Can: Make a group of people see the same hallucination. (This is common.)

    We can’t know for sure what happened in the case of the hypnosis lawyer. I just thought it was a good teaching moment.

    You might like reading my book because I am not a lawyer.

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