How families pass down the torch of ethnic hate, prejudice, and xenophobia— leading to collective violence
This section is excerpted from "The Tyranny of Belief", a book in development.
This book provides an interdisciplinary look at how the human mind forms beliefs and how these beliefs can become rigid, dogmatic, and dangerous. We explore the roots of bigotry, extremism, fanaticism, and terrorism within the framework of current knowledge and emerging science.
We also look at the more subtle effects of belief on political movements and how public sentiment is manipulated by media, marketing, propaganda, and other persuasion methods. We use vivid examples from history, current events, literature, philosophy, culture, and religion as well as psychological case profiles, to illustrate the many ways that belief interacts powerfully with every aspect of society and daily life.