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Offline latebind

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Why can we be hypnotized?
« on: 11/03/2009 19:42:36 »
I saw a hypnotist show (loved it!)

To me, it seems an unnatural ability to possess, when I'm thinking in an evolutionary context.

I can't really find an explanation of how being hypnotized could have helped us in our evolution journey.

If it is a flaw, then should it not have been weeded out in the struggle for survival?(This could have been a great weapon if used against someone)
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Why can we be hypnotized?
« Reply #1 on: 11/03/2009 19:48:30 »
One thing that might be plausible: It might have evolved from very primal rituals which helped our ancestors to 'zone out' and feel less pain, so that they could be better fighters when killing prey to eat.

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Why can we be hypnotized?
« Reply #2 on: 12/03/2009 02:23:14 »
I saw a hypnotist show (loved it!)....

I can't really find an explanation of how being hypnotized could have helped us in our evolution journey.



In some circumstances chances of survival are better when acting as a group rather than as individuals, by obeying a leader.
This obedience reflex may exist in some people and enable them to be hypnotised.
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Why can we be hypnotized?
« Reply #3 on: 12/03/2009 16:43:04 »
That is a good point to mention, thanks!
 

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