first off, peoples brain waves can synchronize pretty easily.
example is Large group of people listening to a speech will find The brainwave patterns rise and fall in the synchronous manner with the cadence of the speaker.
The word “entrainment” comes to mind but I’m not sure if that’s it.
it’s even more noticeable in music, right down by a note by note synchronization.
so logically, if entrainment is possible on an individual scale, it’s possible on a community scale.
have you ever seen the phenomenon where people finish each other sentences?
that’s an extreme version of a mutual tethering.
so called “independent thinking” also entrains.
what is coherence? it is consistency in an externally noticeable fashion.
people who are proud of being independent thinkers tend to follow similar patterns to each other, particularly when they have favorite podcast or author: they entrain to some of the brainwave patterns of the people they find agreeable.
so given all of that, gaslighting is a simple matter to bring from individual to group scale and the notion you’re talking about would not be difficult either.
for example, I’ve noticed that people who consider themselves independent thinkers that follow Podcasters in the intellectual dark web, tend to have very similar beliefs and ask similar question and come to very similar conclusions to each other, Even if they’ve never met each other.
So to implant false memories, if this is a thing, into 1,2 or 2 million people in the intellectual dark web community, would be equally simple.
marketing has known this for decades
Michael Fry I was thinking of that as I wrote this; A minor cause-and-effect debate.
I don’t know if it much matters.
similar seeds grow in similar soil.
500 equally competent piano players are capable of playing the same songs.
but that’s distinct from 500 equally competent piano players playing the same song.
Lusinzo Tepa I don’t know much about “false memory implantation” except it was used politically in the 1990s for some court cases I believe
I haven’t heard of it in a long time.
but I think it’s similar to gaslighting so I use that as a substitute when I was writing about it there.
note: my reply was directly preceded by reading this article.
in a sense, I may have answered it in a way similar to how the author of this article might have have.
I still did it as me but would I have thought of this if I had just not read this article a few minutes before?