VIDEO: [BBC] In this strangely unsettling scene from a television adaptation of CS Lewis’ “The Silver Chair,” the Green Witch attempts to use the classic trifecta of control, personal crisis and emotional resonance, not to mention a little magic, to persuade them that what they know is actually not true. However, Lewis’ heroes are too strong-minded for her. 
Unlike Raymond Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate, brainwashing does not turn people into hypnotized zombies who would be ready to kill a presidential candidate at a command. Instead, it transforms them into the sort of people who would be willing to kill someone for political reasons.
The distinction is why so few people understand the sources of political radicalism and violence.
Brainwashing isn’t magic, but it can look like magic. The sleight of hand that causes us to think so is our firm belief in our reason and free will. It’s easier to believe in changing minds through hypnotism and drugs, than to understand, what the successful practitioners of brainwashing do, that the human mind is more malleable than we like to think, and that the subconscious is more powerful than the conscious.
The art and science of brainwashing is well known. We don’t know it because we choose not to.
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