What you win them with is what you win them to: Social Engineering

Social engineering is a discipline in social science that refers to efforts to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale, whether by governmentsmedia or private groups in order to produce desired characteristics in a target population. Social engineering can also be understood philosophically as a deterministic phenomenon where the intentions and goals of the architects of the new social construct are realized.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_engineering_(political_science)

I guess one could look back over this series and identify many types types of social engineering whether it is cultural/social, political, Religious or philosophical Wikipedia notes that Social engineers use the scientific method to analyze and understand social systems in order to design the appropriate methods to achieve the desired results in the human subjects. (use link above)

 

Okay straight off the bat is it a good thing or bad thing? I guess that depends on whom is trying  to change  the attitudes and behavior of the group or society.

In all  the groups and individuals I’ve mentioned in previous blogs we need  to ask what are they up  to. Is the use of influence such as religion, philosophy, politics or science ethical in their different approaches to advocating change. Is it a benevolent utilitarian device or is it something we should be suspicious of  and avoid altogether?

What I have written previously is pretty damning it seems at every turn some con-artist is trying  to dupe a person  or persons out of something. (you name it some wants it or is trying  to figure out a way  to get it from you) In one sense any attempt  to manipulate influence or groom others is a form of social engineering. It occurs  both on a micro and macro level.

If we look at how society changes over  time we often  don’t understand  the very subtle mechanics  that cause  change. Especially  today we see change occur  so quickly that we often wake and wonder where  the good old days went. Some of these changes are due  to population growth, some are economic and others might be considered social/moral changes. Those of us  who are older may have memories of sleeping on the front lawn or camping in tents in the back yard  over night with friends or family during  the summer or on weekends  and holidays. Others will recall the first colour TV’s and the kinds of shows we watched that we thought were pushing the boundaries but are tame by today’s standards. Who can remember lining up in the bank  to deposit or withdraw money from the teller?

Some of this still happens but over time because of increasing population, changes in technology and even how economics are performed  today; our behavior has modified or has been modified by social and institutional change. Some of this has had benefits for us  in that money is more accessible, we can contact others through our cells wherever we are on the planet both by direct calls or social media and we can keep abreast of all  the news and gossip. We can even watch shows and movies  or listen  to our favorite music just about anywhere.

But!

Then there is the other  side of the coin where that war  that once seemed   so far away is suddenly right up in your face. By far away I mean  there was a time when we only saw it on TV or read about it in the Newspaper. With all  the new technology there is  the threat of all your money being stolen or  your privacy invaded or you’re being spied on by security networks. We no longer sleep  with our windows and doors open and children rarely walk home from school… It’s all pretty scary!

Are we really making our lives better with all  this stuff or is it actually harmful? To be honest I wish  for a time  with far less technology that living was still comfortable but far more basic. I look back to a time when Education was far less intrusive of young peoples minds where critical thinking, comprehension and even logic  were taught. Science was more about if you did A  to B  then C would be the result.  It isn’t that I don’t like my TV or computer, I do!  it’s simply that as time  goes buy  they become more complicated but are engineered  to only last a limited amount of time  so that  you have  to keep upgrading (I hate higher purchase) To be honest  I have a stereo entertainment system that I barely know  how  to use (even after five or six years) Apparently it has both digital radio as well as FM that I can add channels  to but  for the life of me I  wouldn’t know how. Apparently I can run  my computer  through  my entertainment system or TV as well…  that is never  going  to happen!

Apart  from this I am confronted with music  that  would never have been allowed on public broadcasting. My mind is assaulted but such an array of of different groups with their various politics  or social agenda’s. If we had said the kinds of things  back in 1970 that some people are saying and wanting  today I have no doubt in my mind  that they would have been locked up in a padded cell  with a straight jacket on. Some might assume  that  we were backward meat eating Neanderthals that washed clothes  with our hands but  then how forward  must society be  before it has  gone  too far?

So now  we  come  to the Social Sciences  and philosophies of the world… lets be honest social science is philosophy it isn’t real science. It might use the scientific method as its basic form of research  but it is hardly objective. I should know I have a degree in social science!  Does that make  me an expert on the subject? No, not at all! It does however give me an insight into  some of the methods  and presuppositions  that are used  that  they claim are quantitative (statistical) but in  the end are basically qualitative (observational) I reject  objectivity and I hope that any serious Doctor of sociology  or Psychology will admit  that  objectivity is as grasping  at snowflakes. Your findings  depend on the premise  you base  your theory on so at the end of the day  that is all   they are is theories. If one accepts evolution as the basis or foundation  of life it then depends  which model you use as  your premise and which one  you will use  when the one you’re using  has been falsified and replaced  with another model. If you’re a creationist or believe in Intelligent design then you findings  will be very different from an evolutionist. I wonder how that would work if your presuppositions were based in Buddhism or Hinduism and  you tried  to practice that consistently within your modeling? The point here is that social science tries  to explain  everything through naturalistic means both in terms of behavior and of development. Some models work better than others   while others may not work at all.

What is disconcerting is how behaviorists sometimes set up experiments that only prove what we already know about human behavior but they do it anyway  sometimes it goes badly. Even more concerning is when social science is used  to modify behavior on a mass scale so as to change the way people think and behave. My go to example is George Orwell’s 1984. I know it’s only a work of fiction and it hasn’t happened  to that degree but one would have  to be blind  to see that it isn’t happening. It is happening, it is happening as I write these words and I don’t see it getting any better. Of course the latest trend is all  the gender issues floating around. that said,  if you haven’t read 1984 or watched  the movie I encourage  you  to  do so it is a mirror of all the political correctness, equality issues that are prevalent right now.

On an individual level there are  some  who have an agenda to push. It might be how they are made up or it could be that they are simply just a really nasty bad person who wants  control over others weaker than themselves  both in mind or body. Some use their knowledge power and influence for  the good of others but generally speaking  where religion is concerned the big honcho’s end up with bucket loads  of money and hundreds even millions of followers  to whom they make vain promises. Even those  strange individuals that pop up in small church groups with  ideas that  sound good on the surface or they complement  all  the right people and know the right things  to say; are to me just too nice. My experience is that 90% of them are okay, is 10%  destroy  the faith and trust of at least 70% of the people 99.9999% of the time. You don’t want  tell  the 70% you told them so but what else  can you do? Then they repeat the same pattern time and time again…

I am going  to close this off where I began and come back  to our definition of social engineering.  Social engineering is a discipline in social science that refers to efforts to influence particular attitudes and social behaviors on a large scale, whether by governmentsmedia or private groups in order to produce desired characteristics in a target population. Social engineering can also be understood philosophically as a deterministic phenomenon where the intentions and goals of the architects of the new social construct are realized.

Social engineers use the scientific method to analyze and understand social systems in order to design the appropriate methods to achieve the desired results in the human subjects. (use link above)

WHY?

 

 

 

 

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