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Education vs. brainwashing

phantom
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4/11/2011 11:56:57 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
It depends theirs different kinds of brain washing.
Brain washing is like a forced education.
Some prisoners in Germany, I heard were brain washed into thinking Hitler was good basically by torturing them and playing over and over to them recordings of phrases praising Hitler and saying that he was good and blalabla.
You might say the Germans were brain washed into believing he was good by the lies that were told about him, without being told the other side.
So brain washing is forcing ideas on people.

Heres word IQ's definition of it http://www.wordiq.com...
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4/12/2011 12:01:37 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
Education is teaching knowledge, while brain washing is forcing ideas.
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4/12/2011 12:15:55 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 4/11/2011 10:42:41 PM, sal wrote:
What is the difference?

Is teaching moral values to children brainwashing or educating?

Educating. Instead of getting into some complex psychological discussion, just look at who's doing the informational uploading and why.

For instance, a cut and dried example of a parent teaching a child mathematics is not brainwashing. However, telling your children a lie because you expect them to disobey you if you tell them the truth is probably stepping over that line. Assuming, that is, you are using a very loose definition of the word.

What is brainwashing?

"a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas"

"Make (someone) adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure"

"... especially through the use of torture, drugs, or psychological-stress techniques"

If you are using the term as loosely as I believe you are, then you wish to find the distinction between where advice turns into rhetoric. There is no fine distinction; all one can do is examine the motives of the advisor. If the motives are directly for the benefit of the advisee, then there likely will not be a conflict of interests.
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