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Propaganda is the systemic use of language with the intent to brainwash rather than to persuade. It has the subtle but pervasive power to ensnare an entire populace toward a predetermined attitude or outlook. Deceptive communication is now commonplace in this information age. Dr Robert L. Walsh recently examined how propagandists bend language for mass deception. He argued that what makes propaganda so insidious is a vestige of our prehistoric past – the Neolithic or Tribal mind.

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This SciPod is a summary of the paper ‘An Inquisition for Propaganda and Mass Deception: Deposing the Neolithic Mind’, in Frontiers in Communication, 2021. doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2021.636292

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