WOW... ironic Christian groupthink in a nutshell.

Studying for my Gcom final today, I ran across the definition of groupthink again.


Groupthink is a type of thought exhibited by group members who try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. Individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking are lost in the pursuit of group cohesiveness, as are the advantages of reasonable balance in choice and thought that might normally be obtained by making decisions as a group. During groupthink, members of the group avoid promoting viewpoints outside the comfort zone of consensus thinking. A variety of motives for this may exist such as a desire to avoid being seen as foolish, or a desire to avoid embarrassing or angering other members of the group. Groupthink may cause groups to make hasty, irrational decisions, where individual doubts are set aside, for fear of upsetting the group’s balance. The term is frequently used pejoratively, with hindsight.



HAHA how ironic is that? This is a general education course that every student at JMU has to take. Everyone at some point has at one time had to read this definition and study the dangers of groupthink, how to avoid it, and why it is not an effective form of group composure.


Now... religion is the most perverse, obvious, and widely practiced version of groupthink... at NO point do any of these theists look at this definition and say...huh... sounds like church to me..................................................................WAIT!!!

Theists and seculars probably made up the Communications text book itself!!! At no point did they think to compare it to religion either? to apply it to themselves? To write perhaps a book on religious groupthink?
The studies of psychology and communication aren't all that new. Why are people only now challenging this stuff with publications? It's established in a required entry level course!!!

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Comment by Johnny on December 9, 2009 at 5:33pm
wow great addition, Howard!
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on December 9, 2009 at 5:15pm
If you define an ideology as a set of beliefs that cannot be challenged by thought, experiment, observation or reason (as you point out), it has been shown in many studies that a group is always smarter than the smartest individual in the group as long as there is no pervasive ideology involved. (i.e. two heads are better than one given they don't automatically agree)

This suggests that a group of atheists - who are affiliated by their rejection of a common ideology - are smarter than the smartest member.

Conversely, a religious group, affiliated by their deep abiding acceptance of an ideology is dumber than any given above-average member of the group.

I would submit that a deep abiding ideology lowers the native intelligence of any individual and the rejection of that ideology brings the actual intelligence of the individual up closer to their native intellignece.
Comment by Courtney King on December 9, 2009 at 5:01pm
I learned how the days got their names from a book mt mom bought me when I was like 9 called "What Your 4th Grader Needs To Know" In the literature section it talked about Norse mythology and the gods that the weekdays were named after. I know it has nothing to do with your post but I just find it ironic that Theist let something that is clearly not Christian into a book for children and title it as such.

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