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Violent Extremism and Sacred Values

#1SillykneesPosted 9/3/2011 3:06:22 PM
Listen here:

In less than two weeks, the ten year anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil—9/11—will be upon us.

In the past decade, there has been much debate and discussion about the root causes of terrorism and violent extremism. There has also been considerable scientific study of the matter.

Fortunately, Point of Inquiry recently caught up with the anthropologist Scott Atran, a world leader in this research. Atran has met with terrorists face to face. He has interviewed mujahedin, met with Hamas, talked to the plotters of the Bali bombing-and sometimes found his life at risk by doing so.

There's probably nobody better if you want to talk about terrorism, what motivates it, and how these extremes fit within the broad tapestry of human nature.

Scott Atran is a research director in anthropology at the French National Center for Scientific Research, and holds a variety of appointments at other academic institutions. He's also the author of several books including In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion and Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists. He has published frequent op-eds in the New York Times and his research has been published in Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other leading publications.
#2FlashOfLightPosted 9/6/2011 4:31:43 AM
"As far as brainwashing goes, that's also another conard. Brainwashing came out of the Korean War when a hundred Brits and Americans, out of the millions, didn't want to go back to America or Britain, and wanted to stay in North Korea (well you gotta be a little peculiar). But in order to explain it - American film makers (basically American films up to very recently that determined the myths about America) decided that the only reason that these guys wanted to go back, is that they were brainwashed pavlovian frontmen.

Pavlovian-fashioned by super-Chinese genius manipulators, and so they made the movie 'The Manchurian Candidate' and everything. Ever since then people are talking about brainwashing, but it's a much more subtle phenomenon as people self-seek some significance in life, and find a message through their friends that happens to strike home and explain their personal moral dis-satisfaction or frustration and give it a more global significance."
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#3FlashOfLightPosted 9/6/2011 4:37:37 AM
One of the dead giveaways that something ulterior is going on, is when their friends start hanging out with each other having loaded rifles and plastique, with a possible face-mask thrown in here and there, and when those friends start meeting with their own logo, then... watch out!
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