I was listening to the translated speech of Iranian President Ahmadinejad at the U.N. and was struck by how much he sounded like Gandhi, or Jesus, or Martin Luther King Jr. His words were all about peace and love and respect and humanity and blah, blah, blah.

In today's post we won't discuss whether he meant any of those things or he's really Hitler in a leisure suit. What fascinates me is the psychology of the situation. Researchers know that when someone commits to a position publicly, and argues it in his own words, even if he is lying, it causes his brain to rewire until he starts believing his lies. In other words, if Ahmadinejad was 100% lying about his desire for world peace at the beginning of his speech, the science says he was maybe only 99% lying by the end of it, with the remaining 1% thinking that this peace concept is a good thing.

Whether you believe he was lying about peace or meant it, the one thing you can know for sure is that the more he TALKS about peace, the more rewired his brain will be to support it. In his case, he doesn't control the military, so it probably doesn't make as much difference as it would with a supreme leader of some sort. But it got me thinking.

My idea is that the U.N. should invite the leaders of all the angry nations (you know who you are) to some sort of Peace Summit every year and ask them to give speeches on the value of peace. If any leader declines the invitation, we need to keep your eyes on that one. But if a leader shows up and gives a speech about peace, he's effectively hypnotizing himself into believing it.

Maybe that's how society can control its leaders for a change.

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Sep 28, 2009
Scott Adams for president 2012
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Sep 27, 2009
Someone noted that this column was lifted...the same guy has lifted a TON of Scott's columns...
http://naytandjes.com...look at Nayt's musings...
Is it funny (or sad) that he thinks that by copying Scott's posts he will sound brilliant? Or is he hypnotizing himself to BE brilliant? Does his poor wife know she is married to a plagiarist? Or does she just think it's a quirk that he is SO much smarter when he writes than when he speaks? OR, does he go to Scott's speeches & memorize them so as to sound smart, if oddly out of sync with the conversation?

On another note, I ask my students to experiment with saying out loud, first thing when their alarm clocks go off, "I'm awake, refreshed, and eager to start my day." The ones who do it are amazed at the results.
Sep 25, 2009
Some quick thoughts: first, Achi (easier to spell nickname of Ahmadinejad) is only a puppet of the Mullahs. He could become convinced that he really loved Israel and the Jews by saying it over and over again, if your premise is to be believed, and all it would gain him would be a bullet to the back of the head.

Next, Achi is a True Believer in the Shi'ite doctrine of the return of the twelfth Imam. For that to happen, Armageddon has to start first. Achi believes that if he nukes Israel and Israel nukes him back, ta-da! Bob's your uncle.

Perhaps the amount of rewiring is in inverse proportion to the strength of the original belief. In this case, Achi would have to repeat the same speech two-hundred and fifty million times before he rewired his brain enough to really believe it. Putting our hope in that is pretty dumb.

Moreover, Achi is a certifiable sociopath. Did your researchers look into rewiring the psycopathic mind based on the same criteria? Doubtful. This is an example of what trouble you can get yourself into if you assume that all people are exactly the same. Or if you believe that some research into the mind can post-hoc its way into real-world absolutes.
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Sep 25, 2009
>>how many wars had Cuba started in the past 50 years?

I'm no expert but Cuba has contibuted to many many "savage wars of peace" around the world. Most notably in Angola. That was continued for extra decades because of Cuban interference. Every war in latin america or africa in the last half centruy involved cuban "advisors" shooting people (that exageration brought to you by the Magnificant Society of Over-Exageration's Extreme Executive Council).
Sep 25, 2009
Another blog has plagiarized this post: http://naytandjes.com/?p=318
Sep 25, 2009
I'd like to see your list of angry nations, and wonder if asking the question of the average citizen of the countries in your list wouldn't list the US and UK in theirs. He started it, officer.
Sep 25, 2009
As others have said, what is his definition of peace. For example, There has been conflict in the Middle-East for thousands of years. One way to bring peace to that region would be to nuke it and kill everyone in the conflicting nations.

Then there would be peace in the Middle-East as there would be no one left to fight about it.

If that is what I mean by "Peace" I can talk about it all day long and my ideas for destruction wouldn't change.
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Sep 25, 2009
You forget something: hypocrisy. Nothing stops a person who totally believes in peace from making certain exceptions...
Sep 25, 2009
So they did some research on humans. Did they repeat the same research on politicians?
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Sep 25, 2009
Good plan.

Just out of curiosity, were the researchers that figured this out the same Swiss physicists that discovered the Stock Market was controlled by the Illuminati, or did displaced economists do this study while the psychologists work on perpetual motion?
Sep 24, 2009
The consensus among my Iranians friends is that the Iranian president's words of peace and love are representative of the majority of Iranians. Even if he is lying about his own beliefs, he is representing his people when he says those things.
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Sep 24, 2009
gnick wrote: "... Perhaps we can institute a new campaign mandate where the candidates have to write their promises 100 times on a chalk-board before actually accepting their seat."

That is outrageously unrealistic !! (And such a good idea ... )

GIVE ME A MOMENT a lifestyle

Sep 24, 2009
I believe the self-hypnosis part was in reference to the statistically normal brain. I would posit that not only 'Mr. A' but most world leaders have brains at the outliers of statistically normal.
Sep 24, 2009
Im not a vegetarian, but I do eat Beef. Every Cow you eat saves the souls of 400 chickens.
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Sep 24, 2009

Yes, evil comes in many forms, whether it be a man-eating
cow or Joseph Stalin, but you can't let the package hide
the pudding! Evil is just plain bad! You don't cotton
to it. You gotta smack it on the nose with the rolled-up
newspaper of goodness! Bad dog! Bad dog!
The Tick.

> and

"Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished.
Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this." [Rorschach]
Alan Moore

>but your point is

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy his own heart?
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Sep 24, 2009
I disagree - Fidel Castro has been talking about peace 50 years, but the government hasn't really changed (check the english version of Yoani Sánchez's blog http://www.desdecuba.com/generationy/)
Sep 24, 2009
What if he says those things publically, but says other things privately?

There was a blogger once who hated vegetarians. He pledged for every animal "you" don't eat, he'd eat three, thereby not only nullifying your commitment, but making it worse than if you had actually eaten meat (lol).

He might go home and say 3 very violent things to more than counterbalance the affects of the peace speech.

More than that gnick and jakesdad are right.
Sep 24, 2009
Didn't Hitler do a bunch of speeches about being at peace with his neighbors before he started WWII?
Sep 24, 2009
The astonishing thing to me about the healthcare debate is that the same folks who think that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are out to get them can hardly wait to put future Roves and Cheneys in authority over their own physician. So did I miss a meeting?
Sep 24, 2009
Peace is the absense of conflict. World peace is on the global scale, and inner peace is the absence of conflict within one's own mind, i.e. integrity. It is my opinion that true peace can't be found unless people understand everything, but until that day comes there will always be the conflict between what we know and what we don't know, and what we know that is a falsehood which needs to be resolved by an analysis of all the other things we know that actually are true. This can only be discovered, theretofore, by way of the scientific method.

As far as morality goes, the more technological capability that we all have, the more power we have to be moral force for good (economically industrious and thermodynamically/environmentally efficient), or to be an immoral force for bad (wasteful with spending and inefficient with resources). Since it is my opinion that all wars are fought over resources, a zero sum game with collateral damage inefficiencies and the potential for stalemate, I consider the conflict of war to be immoral unless there are very small levels of casualties, but even better than this would be to resolve political conflict with sports or business competition.
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