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PostSubject: Mass Hysteria   Mass Hysteria Icon_minitimeSun Nov 09, 2008 9:13 pm

Whether it is offered as proof that people have been "touched by the hand of God" or "possessed by an evil spirit/devil/demon etc." the psychological phenomon known as mass hysteria has helped fuel superstitious fear and feed the bank of accounts of cult leaders for many years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_hysteria

The salem witch trials were a prime example of how mass hysteria can quickly spread and wreck the lives of hundreds as paranoia grows with it:

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/salem.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_Witch_Trials
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PostSubject: Re: Mass Hysteria   Mass Hysteria Icon_minitimeTue Nov 11, 2008 3:22 pm

Now what do you feel the chances of that happening again in todays age of reason and science?

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