Not sure if this is the right section for this. As it clearly is the first step to making religious fundementalism a mental disorder, I think it should be under health.
According to Kathleen Taylor, a biology researcher religious fundamentalism could be treated as a mental illness in future, by treating it as a form of brainwashing, which it clearly is.
Kathleen Taylor who is a research scientist working in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford has postulated that religious fundementalism might in the future be a curable mental disorder, by treating it as a form of brainwashing. People who are brainwashed do not actually realise they are brainwashed and will argue to the point of absurdity they have not been brainwashed.
Taylor is argueing that advances in neuroscience will one day soon allow us to directly treat people in religious cults such as Al Queda and cure them of their extremism.
I personally think that could be a great advance in medicine. A cure for religious fundementalism would go a long way to solving quite a few problems in the world.
However I can also see dangers of the 1984 type, if this type of technology as it becomes available, is not handled and regulated properly. Personally I think this has parrallels with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.
What is your opinion regarding this?
Read more at:
Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control
Author: Kathleen Taylor
Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (27 July 2006)
The Brain Supremacy: Notes from the frontiers of neuroscience
Author: Kathleen Taylor
Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (25 Oct 2012)
Kathleen Taylor homepage: neurotaylor | watching the world of brain research
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There are several books that warn about how problems of control in society can arise and there consequences.
Here are four books that I can not recommend enough to anyone to read that warn of these problems and there consequences in various ways, that have stood the test of time, in my opinion.
Lord of the Flies
Brave New World