Hacking Your Mind

Season 1
In this riveting series, you’ll find out why it’s easy for others to hack into your mind and how you can defend yourself.
Jacob Ward
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  1. 1. Living on Auto-Pilot
    September 8, 2020
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    You’ll make the amazing discovery that you go through most of life on auto-pilot – and get an auto-pilot owner’s manual.
  2. 2. Weapons of Influence
    September 15, 2020
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    You’ll discover how marketers and politicians hack into your auto-pilot system - and how you can fight back.
  3. 3. Us vs. Them
    September 22, 2020
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    You’ll discover why our auto-pilot biases against “them” are tearing our country apart – and how you can help fix that.
  4. 4. The Wings of Angels
    September 29, 2020
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    You’ll discover how to become a hacker for good - and make your life and that of everyone else in our society work better.

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Mark SimReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsWe watch, we learn, except when on auto-pilot
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would be nice if the academics would address how people become poor and stressed even when they hold a well-paying job, house, car and family. Why the ethics of family time has been shunned and not encouraged by the successful owners and CEOs of large corporations around the world. An individual is thinking about work even when sitting at home in the evening between 6 and 9 pm with no time to incorporate good values - do things out of goodness, not passion or ignorance.
9 people found this helpful
FGReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsEveryone should watch this.
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Really interesting. Amazing and a little scary. Good information. Everyone should watch this.
4 people found this helpful
gary a jaegerReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsWorthless
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Hypothetical. Shallow. Left brain trying to understand the mystery. Missed the point. Only watched first episode, dubious about next.
3 people found this helpful
NicnokReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsFun for 10 and above
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Definitely interesting and fun.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsHow your mind actually functions. Auto pilot is right
Based on the work of Kahneman and Tversky that literally founded a new branch of economic study, prepare to have how you think about how you make decisions changed. For reading support, pick up Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Slow" which I read years ago. This first episode goes so far as to cover how these concepts apply to unconscious, implicit bias at the level of police conduct. A study showed how blacks were being treated differently than whites at traffic stops and then showed the surprised reaction of some officers to the data. There is a provable, factual core to systemic racism. This kind of science based study and feedback to officers about how they unconsciously treat races differently is the very stuff the Trump administration is trying to outlaw as un-American. Precisely, the opposite reaction is needed. Challenge yourself. The truth will set you and us, free.
15 people found this helpful
Deb StrahmReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsDo not miss this series...it is life changing.
Fascinating, eye-opening. I forwarded this to my 4 adult children and hopefully they will share with their teenagers and more precocious younger children. It was very impactful for me particularly in our environment to day. My natural biases are to me more conservative and this forces me to be far more open minded at the forces influencing how I think.
13 people found this helpful
AngyReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsThe red pill
My review is given via quotes, largely by Morpheus from the movie, "The Matrix" (1999). Also, if you're short on time, I suggest episode 2 with just 56 minutes.

*****This series is the red pill.*****

"What truth?

That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.

Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.

This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends; you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.

You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes... all I’m offering is the truth, nothing more."
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AuroraReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
2.0 out of 5 starsBasic psychology, not enlightening
I already knew everything they were teaching. I do have a problem with the amount of generalizations they were using. No, not everyone is operating unconsciously or on autopilot. It is called SELF-AWARENESS. The more aware you are, the more conscious you are. I am extremely self-aware and conscious of my behaviors, unless it is useful for me to be on autopilot and then I am. Anyone who reads a lot of psychology and has gone down the path of self-awareness should know all of this. I hope that is a lot of people, but I dont know.

A specific example of your problematic generalizations if the skier example. Not every skier who chooses to go down and cause the avalanche would be doing it for the same reason. Everyone is different and would, most likely, have different reasons. Maybe one skier decided to go down because they simply have self-destructive tendencies (which is a lot of people). Maybe another one went down because they misjudged the mountain. I think it is foolish to say they all made a bad choice for the same reason, that is unlikely to be true.

Furthermore, sometimes your gut instinct is correct and can save your life. The goal is to make sure your gut instinct is working FOR YOU and NOT AGAINST YOU. They make it sound like the gut instinct is wrong and not to be listened to. This all completely depends on the individual at hand and how SELF-ACTUALIZED THEY ARE. The gut instinct can be trusted if you are in sync with yourself and if your unconscious behaviors are working for you and not against. The mind needs to be trained just like the body needs to be trained to be fit.

This was all very basic. Psychology is much more complicated and sophisticated than this series. I was hoping for something more sophisticated. I have read a lot of psychology and know the deeper elements which this did not even touch.
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