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Old 08-28-2013, 12:55 PM
Location: NE Mississippi
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Originally Posted by f.2 View Post
A small furry creature that runs in groups off of cliffs comes to mind.

I know what you are saying, and you are right. But I am not sure you know that the whole "Lemmings into The Sea" story is a myth. It doesn't happen.

It was started in a movie called White Wilderness. The lemming suicide was staged.
. He found out that the lemmings did not voluntarily jump into the river but were pushed in by a rotating platform installed by the film crew. He also interviewed a lemming expert who claimed that the particular species of lemming shown in the film is not known to migrate, much less commit mass suicide.
White Wilderness (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But you can't kill a myth with a fact. Lemmings will forever leap into the sea. Whether they do or not.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:15 PM
Location: Jamestown, NY
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I think mass migrations of lemmings actually take place periodically. I don't know that they necessarily are "suicidal".

Of course, there's also mass migrations of birds from nesting grounds to wintering sites, and large numbers of mammals on the African savannahs in response to seasonal rainfall (or lack of same). In North America, pre-European settlement of the Great Plains, bison and antelope regularly migrated with the seasons.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Linda_d View Post
That's NOT what the survey shows at all..
Its weird that you would make such a statement. That's exactly what it's shows. It specifically says: More than half (52%) report they trust the health information in the shows to be accurate and about one-fourth (26%) say prime time entertainment TV shows are among their top three sources for health information.

The issue, as I see it, is multi faceted. One, the opinions put out by media generally reflect only a narrow view worldview, one which a small group of people deem to be "pro social" regardless of what the target audience thinks, one which is very explicitly the "official" worldview, totally disregarding any alternatives. Two, the whole goal is to bypass critical thinking, which is why the Sabido method is based on social learning theory, which is itself based on behaviorism. Three, judgement on content produced is irrelevant, the issue is with the method, which is essentially openly proclaimed brain washing by way of appeal to emotion and a whole slew of other logical fallacy mind tricks.

It's an inherently dishonest and deceptive method of influencing opinion, because those being influenced are generally unaware that its happening. Not to mention the medium of tv lends itself very well to manipulation tactics by inducing a hypnosis like mind state (alpha brain state) in most viewers.

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