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Radicalisation is not brainwashing

What is terrifying is the idea that anyone could have their free will neutralised by nefarious agents of evil. But what is reassuring is that this means these young men have not freely chosen their path, for reasons they believe to be good. This reassurance, however, is false. Radicalisation is not brainwashing and we cannot counter it if we pretend it is.

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  • LATITUDE FESTIVAL - SOUTHWOLD, 19/20 JULY. Taking part in two events Organised by Salon a London in the Wellcome Truse Science and Secrets Hub. At 2 on Saturday Vaughan Bell, Charles Fernyhough and I asking "Who are you really?" On Sunday at 11 there's a breakfast with neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret. #
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What is Microphilosophy?

Small thoughts about big subjects; big thoughts about small things; seeds of thought, scatttered to either take root or not; plus short links to longer work. Microphilosophy is the website of the writer Julian Baggini.

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