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July 18, 2013 Leave a comment
I use the word brainwashing to mean activity that pushes people toward unquestioning acceptance of any ideas and away from critical thinking (defined on page 41). Brainwashing, then, is the opposite of education, which is activity that develops a person’s critical faculties. Why choose critical thinking as the litmus test for brainwashing? Because it is what makes a human being an individual. People are individuals biologically, of course, but they are individuals socially only if they maintain an independent perspective, and doing this is an ongoing creative process based on critical thinking.